There are a million ways to make ribs. You can grill them, bake them, crock pot them, broil them, or smoke them. You can make them spicy or sweet, you can season them with a rub or slather them with sauce. I’ve even heard of people cooking them with sauces made out of soda – though why you would want to cook with soda is besides me.
It’s the middle of winter, snowing, and cold outside so today I went with the crockpot method for my ribs. Oh, and totally drowned and slathered in sauce of course – – my personal preference! This is a wonderfully easy recipe that only takes a few minutes to get started in the crock, and then you simply come back a few hours later and dinner is practically done for you!
Ribs – I used pork spare ribs today. Cleaned, broken down into 3-4 rib slabs, and any silverskin removed.
Barbeque Sauce – enough to cover the ribs almost entirely in the crock pot. Spicy or sweet, your call, though this caters more towards sweet.
1/4 cup of Brown Sugar
1/4 cup of Worcestershire Sauce (it’s ok, you can eyeball these….no need to be exact)
1 TBSP Onion Powder
1 tsp Ground Mustard
Directions:1. Pour some sauce, the brown sugar, the worcestershire, the onion powder, and the mustard powder in the bottom of the crock pot and stir them all together. Start placing the rib slabs into the pot and then add in more bbq sauce as needed.
2. (Here’s my favorite step~~> ) Set your crock pot to low and walk away for 6-8 hours!! (You can do it on high for 3-4 hours if you like.)
3. When the ribs are done in the crock, get your oven preheated up to around 425 and pull out a cookie sheet or casserole dish. Spray it with Pam spray to make cleaning easier later and if you have it, place a roast rack or other grating on the bottom of the dish to help spread out the ribs and allow them to bake evenly on all sides.
4. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes to get a nice singe on the outside and add a little ‘bite’ to the meat.5. That’s it! Eat it and enjoy!!
**Of course, weather permitting, you can always finish off the ribs with a quick char on the grill if you like instead of baking it in the oven!