These ribs could not be easier. Just plop them into the slow cooker, top with some BBQ sauce. Cook all day on low. And you’ve got yourself one delicious, easy dinner.
Have you ever seen “Country Style Ribs” in your supermarket?
Country Style Ribs are meaty and sold either with/without bones. Cooking them all day in a slow cooker, in addition to all that marbled fat, makes them fall-apart tender.
The BBQ sauce is up to you–homemade or bottled? Since I was trying to use up some of my pantry stores, I made up my own as I went along. Whatever you use, it will be good.
Slow Cooker BBQ Country Ribs
2 lbs. country ribs (with/without bones)
about 2 cups BBQ sauce**
Place the ribs in a slow cooker. Top with BBQ sauce. Cook on low for about 8 hours, or until very tender.
**If you are wondering what I like to throw into my haphazard BBQ sauce….
I use a good amount of ketchup, or tomato sauce to start. Then I add various other condiments–a little soy sauce, a few tablespoons of molasses, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, spicy brown mustard, spices (sometimes chili powder and cumin, sometimes ginger and cloves, etc.), a little liquid smoke. And sometimes as a short cut, I will add jarred steak rub. A little lemon juice is pretty good, too. If I’m feeling like spicy-spicy ribs, then I’ll throw in some chipotle puree (homemade, of course–of you can use 1 or 2 canned) and some honey.
Really, can you go wrong when making BBQ sauce? Add whatever your little heart desires.
Our favorite store bought brands of BBQ sauce are Bulls-Eye, or either of the two available at Trader Joe’s. (Oh, how I’m going to miss Trader Joe’s!)