For the longest time, I never made ribs, other than during the 2 months of the year where outdoor grilling is comfortable in upstate New York. It just never occured to me to make a rack of ribs any other way than on the grill for hours. But a few weeks ago we were low on groceries, and I knew we had a rack of ribs in the freezer, so I decided to make it – but I didn’t want to use the grill. So I developed this slow cooker ribs recipe. It is really everything I was hoping for — the ribs literally fall off the bone with sweet, tangy goodness. If you are a ribs connoisseur — and my hubby sure is! — you’ll love this recipe.
Slow Cooker Ribs
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 3 ounces tomato paste (1/2 can)
- 1/2 cup smoky barbecue sauce
- 3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 3 minced garlic cloves
- 1 tsp chili powder
- pinch of cumin
- pinch of salt and pepper
1. Place a rack of ribs into a slow cooker. You may need to cut the rib in half or thirds to get it to fit. (I just got this Crock Pot and I love it!)
2. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. You may want to check after 6 hours. If you let it go too long, all the meat will just completely fall off the bone. If this does happen, no problem — then it becomes pulled shredded pork, and you can eat it on crusty rolls.
3. Enjoy! When I made this recipe for my family, I was worried that 1 rack of ribs was too much. Not so much. Every morsel of meat was nibbled up by my kids and hubby!