Tonight was my first experience making ribs in the crock pot, and I CANNOT BELIEVE I have lived for 32 years without having done this before. I love ribs, but I never make them at home; I assumed they would be complicated and that they wouldn't turn out good anyway since I am not an expert BBQ-er. I was wrong!
This recipe is simple...ANYONE could make this. The ribs were delicious, and falling off the bone. Credit goes to my co-worker Vonda for the recipe. We were in the office on Friday afternoon (hard at work, of course) discussing meal ideas and crock pot usage, and she told us all how she makes her ribs. Here it is...
1 slab baby back ribs
BBQ sauce (I used a bottle of Famous Dave's Original and thought it was great- but use whatever you like)
Salt and Pepper
Seasoning (I used KC Masterpiece Steak Seasoning...it has salt, pepper, brown sugar, garlic, onion, paprika, and a few other things. Anything moderately close to this would work, and I am sure there are tons of similar seasoning mixes out there. This was my addition...Vonda just uses salt and pepper, so you could leave it out entirely).
1. Cut the ribs into sections that will fit into the crock pot. I cut my slab into thirds.
2. Season both sides liberally with salt, pepper, and seasoning mix.
3. Place on a baking sheet and broil for a few minutes on each side until a nice crust forms.
4. Brush both sides lightly with BBQ sauce and put in the crock pot. Cook on low for 5-6 hours.
5. Remove ribs carefully (meat will be soft) and put on a baking sheet. Coat liberally with more BBQ sauce and put them back under the broiler for a few minutes so the sauce "cooks on" a bit.
And that's it! They were GOOD...and I got many compliments from my husband. We ate the ribs with roasted potato wedges and a spinach salad. The spinach salad needs some fine tuning, but I will be posting that recipe too as soon as I have it perfected!