Recently, when I was walking Middle to school he commented that it felt like Spring (it was 41 degrees after all so in a way he was right). He went on to say that one of the best parts of Spring & Summer is BBQ dinners with his favorite food in the world- Ribs. All of my kids are quite the connoisseur of ribs. They know exactly what they like, baby back ribs, and Kansas City style, please. So when he looked up at me and said hopefully, “so we’re having ribs for dinner tonight right?” what was I going to do?! Well, I’ll tell you what I wasn’t going to do. Set up my grill and BBQ the kid a side of pork. Instead, I turned to Pinterest (what did we do before it?) and searched for easy baby back ribs. I stumbled on a picture of some of the best looking ribs that I’ve ever seen. They were crackly on the outside and looked like they were falling off the bone. Best of all, the recipe (from girl loves life) was ridiculously simple and yes, cooked in a slow cooker. They did not disappoint. Both Middle, Big and Husband declared them some of the best ribs that they’ve ever eaten. This is a great one when you have to feed a crowd of kids as well!
- Large Slow-Cooker (Oval shape works best)
- 3 1/2 lbs Pork Baby Back Ribs (feeds about 3 avg people)
- 16oz. Barbecue Sauce (I use KC Masterpiece Original)
For the Rub:
- 2 Tbsp Paprika
- 1 1/2 Tbsp Brown Sugar (lightly packed)
- 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
- 1 tsp each of Salt and Pepper
- Lay the ribs out on a large piece of foil. I had to cut mine into half racks to get them to fit. In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients for the rub and mix together.
- Rub the spice mixture all over both sides of the ribs.
- Place the rib slabs into the slow-cooker. Arrange them so they are standing against the wall of the cooker, thicker part of the rib on the bottom and meaty side touching the pot. This gets tricky. I wound up taking a couple of cloves of garlic and wedging them underneath one of the slabs to get it to stay upright.
- Pour barbecue sauce over the ribs, making sure to cover all sides (a small pool of sauce will gather in the pot which will be used later). Cover and cook either on HIGH for 4 hours or on LOW for 7 hours. (I did high for 4 hours and they were perfect)
- Once the ribs are finished cooking, line a cookie sheet with foil and carefully remove the ribs from the slow-cooker laying them out on the pan bone side up and put to the side (they are very tender so be careful). Preheat the broiler on your oven.
- Pour the remaining BBQ sauce from the slow cooker into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Allow the sauce to simmer and reduce (about 15 mins).
- Once the sauce has reduced in the pan, brush or pour 1/3 of it over the ribs and broil for 3 mins.
- Remove the ribs from the broiler and carefully turn them over. Use another 1/3 of the sauce to baste the ribs meat side up and place in broiler for an additional 5-7 mins keeping a close eye that they don’t get too charred.
Serve immediately…For more fun ideas from Pinterest check out these other Pinterest inspired posts on one of my favorite blogs.