The first thing I properly cooked when I got home from Italy was these super easy and delicious slow cooker bbq ribs. By properly cooked, I mean I actually made them from scratch instead of opening a package.
I’ve wanted to make ribs from scratch for a long time but never really got around to it until now. If I’m honest, the only reason I made them is because racks of ribs were on sale which made making them myself cheaper than buying the pre-made ones.
A mega heat wave has just hit Kitchener which means, once again, zero things going in my oven and 100% of our meals are courtesy of the slow cooker and barbecue. It’s been the summer of ribs for us, and it’s continuing with these delicious slow cooker bbq ribs.
And they won’t raise the temperature of your house. Serve ’em up with potatoes, salad, grilled veggies, cornbread, whatever you fancy. It’s aaaallll gooooood.
We’re off to the lake for the long weekend to spend some much needed time with Mark’s parents who finally got home from a 6-month stint in Niger and, to be honest, to swim in the lake all day to make the most of the heat wave!
- 2.5 pounds pork back or spare ribs*
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- ½ tsp regular paprika
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground chipotle powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp fresh cracked pepper
- FOR THE SAUCE:
- 1 cup ketchup
- ¼ cup water
- 2 tbsp molasses
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- ½-1 tbsp worchestershire sauce
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar
- 1 tsp prepared yellow mustard
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- ⅛-1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- salt and black pepper, to taste
- Combine all of the spices. If desired, cut the ribs in to 4 sections to make for easier handling.
- Rub the dry rub all over the ribs. Pour ½ cup water in to the bottom of your slow cooker then layer the ribs on top. Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours or high for 4-5 hours. After 3 hours, baste ribs with some of the sauce and re arrange, for even cooking.
- When ribs are fall apart tender, preheat your bbq to medium-high. Place ribs on the bbq and baste with some of the sauce. Cook for 5-8 minutes then flip and baste with more sauce. Cook for an additional 5-8 minutes,to caramelize, taking care not to burn.
- Serve with additional sauce and sides of your choice.
- MAKE THE SAUCE:
- Combine all ingredients for the sauce in a small pot and cook over medium heat, bringing to a gentle simmer for 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside until ready to use.
I used white wine vinegar for my sauce because I prefer it to apple cider, but it is most common to use apple cider. You do you boo boo.