Background and History:
Slow cooker baby back ribs are a popular dish known for their fall-off-the-bone tenderness and rich, smoky flavor. While traditionally ribs are associated with barbecues and grill-outs, this slow cooker method allows you to enjoy the same delicious results with minimal effort.
Serves: 4-6 people
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cooking Time: 4-6 hours (slow cooker) or additional time for grilling
- 2 racks of baby back ribs (about 4-5 pounds)
- 1 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
- Salt and pepper to season
- Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs by loosening it with a knife or your fingers and then pulling it off.
- Cut the racks of ribs into smaller sections to fit into the slow cooker.
- Season the ribs with salt and pepper, and place them in the slow cooker, standing up along the sides.
- In a bowl, combine the barbecue sauce, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper. Mix well.
- Pour the barbecue sauce mixture over the ribs, ensuring they are well coated.
- Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 4-6 hours, or until the ribs are tender.
- Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
- Carefully remove the ribs from the slow cooker and place them on the grill. Grill for a few minutes on each side to caramelize the barbecue sauce and give the ribs a smoky flavor.
- Slice and serve the ribs with any remaining barbecue sauce.
- Calories: Varies depending on serving size
- Protein: Around 25-30g per 3-ounce serving
- Carbohydrates: Varies depending on barbecue sauce and serving size
- Fat: Varies depending on serving size
- You can customize the flavor of your ribs by using different barbecue sauces and spice rubs.
- Adjust the cooking time in the slow cooker based on your preferred level of tenderness.
- The grilling step is optional but enhances the flavor by adding a smoky finish.
- Be cautious of allergies to ingredients used in the barbecue sauce or spice rub.
Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs offer a hassle-free way to enjoy tender, flavorful ribs that are perfect for any occasion. Whether it’s a weeknight dinner or a summer cookout, these ribs will satisfy your barbecue cravings.