Slow cooker alert: Best ribs ever. In the universe. Seriously.

Hey lazy girls,

So my man loves ribs. What guy doesn’t? And I love my slowcooker. So I searched far and wide for an amazing rib recipe and found one on Pinterest. This one comes from Lori Reisig from her Mmm…is for mommy blog, and with a caption like ‘Easy Barbecued Ribs’, I figured I couldn’t go wrong.

Um. OH MY GOD. My hubby said that these were the BEST ribs he’s ever had, ever. I thought perhaps he was just trying to get lucky (even though they were incredible, I’m not exactly a rib connoisseur). I then made them for my parents, in-laws and my sister-in-law and her boyfriend, and got the same response. So I’m pretty confident that you’ll love them too. Now here’s the only catch; it’s not ALL done in the slow cooker (DON’T STOP READING!!), there is a bit of stove and oven work involved, by as Lori says, it’s what takes the ordinary to extraordinary, so these steps are totally worth it. Okay, without further ado, here’s the recipe:

Easy Barbecued Ribs

3 tbsp sweet paprika
2 tbsp light brown sugar, lightly packed
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
S&P to taste (about 2 tsp each)
6 lbs pork back ribs – leave the membrane on the ribs to help hold them together
3 cups barbecue sauce (I actually used the Walmart brand “Our finest” chicken and rib sauce and liked this WAY more than when I used the Kraft one of the same kind, but you can use your fav BBQ sauce)
Vegetable oil spray

Mix together paprika, brown sugar, cayenne and S&P in a small bowl.  Rub the dry mix all over both sides of your ribs well (don’t forget the sides!).  Spray the slow cooker with veg spray and arrange ribs in the slow cooker (I have a 6.5 quart oval one) by standing them up against the wall of the stoneware pot, thicker side down and meaty side against the pot.  Pour barbecue sauce over the ribs, cover and cook for 6-8 hours on low (Like Lori, I did 7 hours and they were amazing). I also threw in a few heads of garlic to hold up the ribs and have some delicious roasted garlic to go with the ribs.

Once they’re done, line a cookie sheet with foil and place a rack on top, and spray it with more veg spray. Very carefully remove the ribs from the slow cooker (they will be super tender so you may want to use two spatulas. I had to cut each rack in half to make them more mobile) and place on top of the rack, meat side down. Turn on your oven’s broiler to heat up. In the meatime, trim any fat from the sauce in the slowcooker, and strain the sauce into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and reduce by about a third, which will take about 15 minutes. Once that’s done, brush the sauce onto the ribs (go nuts!), and broil for 3-4 minutes. Then, take them out, turn them over meat side up, and brush even more sauce on (again, go crazy! For me, the more sauce the better), and broil for about 9 minutes. You can also baste them with more sauce halfway through but I didn’t feel like was necessary since there was so much sauce already. Remove them from the oven and get ready for the compliments (there will be many). I recommend making these when you need to ask your hubby/boyfriend/male friend for something and need to butter them up a bit first 🙂

Enjoy!

-Monica

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3 thoughts on “Slow cooker alert: Best ribs ever. In the universe. Seriously.

  1. I made these for my Dad’s birthday, and everyone loved them! Will be making these again! Please add a Pinterest link, I’m trying to collect all of my favourite recipes on there 🙂

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