Saturday, March 28, 2015

Not Your Daddy's Ribs (A Slow Cooker Recipe)

Admit it, when you think ribs, you think about firing up the grill. I am right aren't I? Well, this recipe will have you thinking differently. I took the grill out of the equation and substituted my faithful slow cooker. The equation worked because the final product was amazing!

Oh, don't get me wrong. I still love and will always love ribs from the grill. However, it is nice knowing I have a recipe that I can rely on in the those cold winter months when grilling is not an option. 

Now, I have tried different rib recipes before in the slow cooker. And quite honestly, they have all pretty much failed. They were bland and dry as wall plaster. I always felt bad for my men because they would eat them anyway. I guess love makes you tolerate awful recipes.

However, these ribs cooked wonderfully. They were fall off the bone tender. They were still juicy. They had a wonderful flavor that mimicked that of a grill cooked rib. I was very excited about the way they turned out. 

I used two secret ingredients for this recipe. First, I used an Apple Butter Chop Rub by Chef Leo. I have spoke about Chef Leo's spices before in several recipes. I really do love that company's spices. You can check out there entire line at Second, I went back to the tried and true Sweet Baby Ray's as my BBQ sauce. If I can not use my hubby's sauce, then Sweet Baby Ray's will be used in my recipes.

Now onto the recipe!

Not Your Daddy's Ribs (A Slow Cooker Recipe)
By The Busy Cooking Momma

You will need:
5 to 6 lbs Bone-in Pork Loin Country Style Ribs
A large Vidalia onion
5 Tbsp Apple Butter Chop Rub 
1/2 Tbsp black pepper
1 tsp season salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 bottle Sweet Baby Ray's Honey Chipotle BBQ sauce
Cooking Spray

Peel the onion. Slice the onion in half and then into slices.

In a mixing bowl, add Chop Rub (NOTE - You can use brown sugar instead of the chop rub. However, you will want to cut the amount used down to 2 to 3 Tbsp and you might want to add a little more of the other spices. The reason behind this is because the chop rub contains other spices.)

Black Pepper

Season salt

Garlic powder

Cayenne pepper

Mix all the ingredients together well.

Layer half of the onions into the bottom of the slow cooker.

Thoroughly apply rub to the entire rib and place on the onions. You do not want to over crowd the cooker. Try for half of the ribs.

With a basting brush, brush on the BBQ sauce onto each rib. Do not over coat. You do not want the ribs drenched in sauce. Flip the ribs and baste the other side.

Repeat the previous two layers - onions first and then ribs basted with sauce.

Place the lid on the cooker. Set cooker on low and cook for 8 hours. 

Once cooking time has elapsed, turn on your oven broiler to high and allow to heat. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and carefully place the ribs on the pan. If some of the bones come out, do not worry. It will be okay!

Liberally baste each rib with BBQ sauce.

Broil the ribs for 3 to 5 minutes until sauce is beginning to caramelize. Watch carefully. You do not want the sauce to burn.

Also, remove onions from the cooker while the ribs are broiling. These are so yummy!!

Serve the ribs and onions with your favorite side dishes. I served mine with baked beans and coleslaw. I wanted to go for a true BBQ feel.

My men and I loved this recipe. Besides being so flavorful and tender, it is so easy to put together. I had it in the slow cooker and cooking in under 20 minutes. That is perfect for busy mornings.

I hope you enjoy!!

Love to you all from The Busy Cooking Momma!

Not Your Daddy's Ribs (A Slow Cooker Recipe)
by The Busy Cooking Momma

5 to 6 lbs bone-in pork loin country style ribs
1 large vidalia onion
5 Tbsp Apple Butter Chop Rub (can substitute 2 to 3 Tbsp brown sugar)
1/2 Tbsp black pepper
1 tsp season salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 bottle Sweet Baby Ray's Honey Chipotle BBQ Sauce
Cooking spray

1. Spray slow cooker with cooking spray.
2. Peel onion and cut into half. Then cut into slices.
3. In a mixing bowl, mix together the chop rub, black pepper, season salt, garlic powder and cayenne pepper.
4. Place 1/2 of the onion into the bottom of the slow cooker.
5. Take each rib and thoroughly rub with the dry rub. Make sure to coat entire rib.
6. Lay the ribs on the onion. Do not overcrowd the cooker. 
7. With a basting brush, baste each rib with BBQ sauce. Do not overcoat the ribs. You are looking for a light coating. Flip over the ribs and lightly baste the other side.
8. Place another layer of onions on the ribs.
9. Apply dry rub to remaining ribs. Place in cooker and apply BBQ sauce.
10. Place lid on slow cooker.
11. Cook on LOW for 8 hours.
12. When cooking time has elapsed, carefully remove ribs from cooker. Lay ribs on a foil lined baking sheet.
13. Baste each rib liberally with BBQ sauce.
14. Broil on HIGH for 3 to 5 minutes. Watch carefully so ribs do not burn. Cook just until the sauce begins to caramelize.
15. Serve with your favorite side dish(es). Enjoy!

1 comment :

  1. What great looking ribs! I love how tender they become, when cooked in the slow cooker. I'm featuring you over at Simple Supper Tuesday this week. We hope you can join us again, starting Monday at 8pm EST.