Friday, December 7, 2012

Barbecue Ribs (in the Slow Cooker)

Missy, here. I recently got a great deal on some ribs. And since I didn't have the time for baking and grilling them, I just pulled out the good ol' slow cooker.

These were country style bone-in ribs that were already cut apart. I rubbed on some dry rub.

Then I layered them in the cooker (lined with a slow cooker liner).

I cooked on high for an hour to heat up. Then turned down to low and cooked the rest of the day. About an hour before eating, I made the barbecue sauce.

This is the Neely's Sauce from The Food Network.


  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 5 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
It called for simmering for over an hour. But I didn't see that until it was time to use it! So I simmered for about 15 minutes and then poured over my ribs. My sauce got to simmer along with the ribs. :)

They turned out good! I do have to complain just a little. For some reason, ribs tend to turn out dry in the slow cooker. Even drowned in juices and sauce. I think I need to rotate them more often so none stay out of the liquid for long.



  1. Btw I just noticed I didn't mention that I added some Frank's hot sauce to te beans us sauce. It added a nice kick. I love Franks!

    Kav, never fear. I have a vegetarian recipe for next week! :)

  2. Dumb auto-correct. Was supposed to say barbecue sauce!

  3. LOL You lost me at Ribs, Missy! But I love you anyway. Looking forward to veggie Friday next week. :-)

  4. These sound so good.

    And that sauce would be perfect with baked beans, Kav! Stick some pintos or great northerns in your crock pot for a day and then top them off with that sauce. Mmmm.

    I've never tried a rub before - I'll have to look for this one. If our store doesn't carry it, Amazon will, right?

    And don't you love those liner for the slow cookers? I use mine about three times a week in the winter, and those liners mean my dishwashers don't complain anymore.


  5. Kav, Jan's right. This would make great beans!

    Jan, I think I bought that rub at the grocery. A friend recommended it. He made amazing ribs on the grill.

  6. Jan, I also meant to say that, yes, those bags are a lifesaver.

  7. a question from the aussie. do ribs have much meat on them? only had them once in Canada and there was almost no meat it was just bones it seemed. didn't really enjoy them but yours seem to have way more meat.

    1. Jenny, it depends in the cut. These were called country style, and they do have a lot of meat. Others don't.

    2. Thanks Missy, I tend to like the meat. Can you believe its now just under 5 months till Im in Atlanta. arrive May 5 and hope to meet people May 6th (of course I will be so jetlagged it wont be funny but then it may be).

  8. Oh, this looks delicious. I love ribs... I'm so messy when I eat them, but I don't care.

    And Cowboy Potatoes....

    With ribs....

    Oh, I'm hungry for Texas Bar B Q!!!!!

  9. Ruthy, I love ribs on the grill or in a smoker (like the Big Green Egg). But these are great in a pinch. :)

  10. guess I'm gonna be at the bbq place tomorrow - I mean later today - sheesh night shift is rough! foundout I have to work 7 in a row through next friday morning- woman I'm callout for had a death in the family and had to go to mexico - her nephew got killed. dont know the details but supervisor said she was so shaken up she could hardly make out what she was saying. :-(

  11. Susanna, I'm sorry about your coworker's loss. I hope you have a good week that goes smoothly. Enjoy the barbecue! :)

  12. thanks Missy - I never made it to the bbq place :-( was cranky at work and I get so mad at myself when I let it get the best of me but I perked up the closer we got to 7 am!

    1. Susanna, don't beat yourself up. You're allowed to get cranky at work sometimes. :)