Best Ribs Ever – made easy in the crockpot!

May 20, 2013 at 8:13 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Sorry for the food blogging absence… I was caught up in wedding planning!  Now I’m back to the kitchen!

Back in 2011, I posted my recipe for the “best ribs ever.”  I’m not changing my stance on that.  They really are the best ribs ever.

However, they are a little time intensive (just the part where they’re in the oven), and I personally am not comfortable leaving the oven running when I’m  not home,  so we would only have those ribs on the weekend.  Or worse, I’d put them in the oven at bedtime and then get up in the middle of the night to take them out.  I love my sleep – so that proves the deliciousness of these ribs!  But it wasn’t that convenient… until now.

I discovered these ribs were just as delicious when cooked in the crockpot and finished in the oven under the broiler.

Pour a bottle of Liquid Smoke into your crockpot with one cup of water.  Crumple up some aluminum foil to make a “rack” in the bottom of the crockpot so that your ribs aren’t sitting in the liquid.

Prepare the ribs as directed in my original post (score the backs of the ribs and coat them in rub seasoning of your choice), although cut them to fit your crockpot.  You can stack them pretty haphazardly.

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Cook them covered in the crockpot on low for 8 hours, give or take.

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Once you’re almost ready to serve, preheat your oven broiler to about 450 – you want it really hot to caramelize the sauce you’re about to add.  The ribs are going to be extremely tender and delicate, so using tongs, pick them up from the crockpot and put them on a cookie sheet.  Spread your favorite bbq sauce on them liberally.  Put them in the oven, on a top rack, until the sauce starts to blacken and caramelize – about 10 minutes.

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Now you’re ready to serve!  These ribs just fall off the bone.  Don’t be surprised when this is what is left on your plate:

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So there you have it – the simplified version of the best ribs ever!!


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  2. Wishing I would have crocked the ribs we made last night. I agree with the best ribs are those that are slow cooked and finished under the broiler or on the grill. I half@ss follow a sauce recipe that usually consists of ingredients I have on hand as well as whatever floats my boat on a given day (grape jelly, apple butter, honey, mustard varieties, etc). I love hitting up the rib festivals to see what the new flavor is and then attempt to duplicate something at home using that base recipe (Kansas City Barbecue). I will be sure to try your recipe out!

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  3. Thanks! It took me forever to make so I don’t think I’ll be maikng one again any time soon. I love crockpots too! I’m hoping to share a few more recipes for them here on the blog throughout the fall and winter. For some reason that’s when I use it the most.

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  5. — January 22, 2013 at 8:37 pm These are beautiful! I made some red velvet cake balls (not pops- I didn’t have skewers lol) for Christmas as gifts for my grandparents and my mom and everyone loved them! They did take quite a while to make though so I will be saving these for special occasions.

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