Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

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

Time:

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 4-6 hours (slow cooker) or additional time for grilling

Ingredients:

  • 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

Instruction:

  • 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.

Nutrition Facts:

  • 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

Notes:

  • 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.

Allergy Warning:

  • 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.

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