Who says you need a smoker to make finger-licking, fall-off-the-bone ribs? This fantastic Crock-Pot BBQ Ribs dish comes dangerously near to BBQ rib perfection without all the bother. You can forget about slaving away at the grill or smoker for hours. Even better, in the midst of January, these ribs will be a welcome memory of summer, and your kitchen will smell like BBQ bliss! This recipe will provide delicious ribs with no effort. This dish will alter your perception of the slow cooker!
- When purchasing ribs, ensure that they will fit inside your crock pot standing up with the top on.
- Use a BBQ sauce that you like, the type you could drink. These ribs are neither smoked or grilled; they are cooked in a slow cooker. So your rub and sauce will provide all of the flavor. I prefer homemade sauces since I can control the ingredients, but there are some great sauces available if you don't want to create your own.
- When preparing your ribs, put the rub on all sides and don't scrimp.
- When you put your ribs in the crock pot, place them against the wall and pour your sauce down both sides. By pressing your ribs against the crock pot wall, you will prevent them from becoming mushy in the juices.
- Personally, I like St. Louis style pork ribs because they have more fat and keep the meat moist and juicy. Baby back ribs and boneless country style ribs will also work; just keep an eye on the cook time.
- If you want more carmelization on your ribs, finish them under the broiler. Simply remove the ribs from the crock pot, place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet, drizzle with barbeque sauce, and broil for 5 minutes (keep an eye on them).
TIME TO PREPARE: 10 MINUTES; TIME TO COOK: 4 HOURS TIME TO COMPLETE: 4 HOURS AND 10 MINUTES
- 3 pounds St. Louis Style pork ribs (I like these since they are meatier)
- To taste, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- 1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 2–3 teaspoons of your preferred spice combination (homemade or store-bought)
- 1 1/2 cups of your favorite barbecue sauce (homemade or store purchased)
- Season your ribs (both sides) liberally with salt, pepper, onion and garlic powder, and your preferred rub mix.
- Place the ribs in the crock pot standing up (on their side), fatty/meatier side towards the inner wall.
- Drizzle the barbecue sauce over the ribs, being careful to cover all sides. You may add as much as you wish; adding less will result in a glaze.
- Cover with a cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours, or until the flesh easily separates from the rib.
- Remove from the slow cooker and either broil them under the broiler to obtain extra caramelization or dish them up if they are cooked to your preference.
- Make sure to ladle some of the tasty cooking fluids over the top and serve with more bbq sauce if desired.
Enjoy friends ❤️!!