Who doesn't love a good rack of ribs? However, the process of making them can be time-consuming and tiring. That's where slow cooker ribs come in! This method of cooking produces fall-off-the-bone tender ribs with minimal effort. In this blog, I will share my experience of making slow cooker ribs and provide a detailed guide on how to make them yourself.
As someone who loves cooking, I was excited to try making slow cooker ribs for the first time. I gathered all the ingredients and followed the steps carefully, but when it came time to serve them, I was disappointed. The ribs were tender, but they lacked flavor. Determined to make better ribs, I did some research and tried again, this time adding a homemade barbecue sauce to the mix. The result was fantastic! The ribs were juicy, flavorful, and tender. Since then, slow cooker ribs have become a staple in my recipe collection.
- 1 rack of baby back ribs (around 2-3 pounds)
- 1 cup of barbecue sauce
- ¼ cup of brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon of paprika
- 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon of onion powder
How to Make Slow Cooker Ribs:
Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs.
Mix the brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper together in a bowl.
Rub the spice mix all over the ribs.
Place the ribs in the slow cooker, meaty side facing out.
Pour the barbecue sauce over the ribs.
Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours, until the meat is tender and falls off the bone.
Remove the ribs from the slow cooker and brush with additional barbecue sauce if desired.
Serve and enjoy!
How to Store Slow Cooker Ribs:
If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To freeze the ribs, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap or foil and place them in a freezer-safe bag. They will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.
How to Reheat Slow Cooker Ribs:
To reheat the ribs, place them in a baking dish and cover with foil. Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F for 10-15 minutes, or until heated through. Alternatively, you can reheat them in the microwave on a microwave-safe plate for 1-2 minutes, or until heated through.
Tips to Make Slow-Cooker Ribs More Delicious:
- Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs before cooking. This will help the spices and sauce penetrate the meat.
- Use a homemade barbecue sauce for maximum flavor.
- For a smokier flavor, add a teaspoon of liquid smoke to the sauce.
- Don't overcrowd the slow cooker. The ribs should fit comfortably without touching the sides.
- If you like your ribs crispy, finish them off on the grill or under the broiler for a few minutes after they come out of the slow cooker.
Can I use a different type of ribs?
Yes, you can use spare ribs or St. Louis-style ribs instead of baby back ribs.
Can I use a different type of barbecue sauce?
Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with different flavors and brands of barbecue sauce to find the one that you like best.
Can I cook the ribs on high for a shorter amount of time?
Yes, you can cook the ribs on high for 3-4 hours instead of low for 6-8 hours. However, the meat may not be quite as tender as it would be with a longer cooking time.
Can I add other spices to the rub?
Yes, feel free to add other spices or herbs to the rub to customize the flavor to your liking.
Can I make slow cooker ribs without barbecue sauce?
Yes, you can make ribs without barbecue sauce if you prefer. Simply omit the sauce and cook the ribs with the spice rub alone.
Can I use a slow cooker liner?
Yes, you can use a slow cooker liner for easy cleanup. Just be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions and remove the liner before serving the ribs.
Slow cooker ribs are an easy and delicious way to enjoy this classic dish without all the work. By following the simple steps outlined in this blog, you can make fall-off-the-bone tender ribs that are packed with flavor. So next time you're in the mood for some ribs, break out the slow cooker and give this recipe a try!