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Easy Slow Cooker Ribs are moist, succulent and perfect! The best new way to cook ribs, these Easy Slow Cooker Ribs are bursting with great juicy flavor and ready to eat with only half the work!
There are just certain things you do not mess with. Texas is apparently one of the things you do not mess with .. um … your eyelashes for the first 13 hours after you put mascara on them (you KNOW no matter how long you wait to pull that one random wonky sideways lash off, that mascara is ALWAYS still wet) … and the last thing you don’t mess with is ribs, more specifically BBQ RIBS.
That is, until NOW. I love barbecue ribs just as much as the next hungry girl but this Easy Slow Cooker Rib recipe is going to change how you thing about those barbecue ribs.
When it comes to great ribs, you usually either grill them or you smoke them, feel free to pick either but other than that you really do not deviate from the Master Plan of BBQ Law. Grill or Smoke, Smoke or Grill … yep, that about covers it. But I am a rule breaker and a BBQ rebel and I am happy to do my ribs in my oven and they are amazing! If you are looking for a kick ass recipe on how to cook ribs in the oven, check out my Spicy Asian BBQ Ribs. They couldn’t be juicier or more flavorful.
But this time I am trying something different. Let’s be honest, there is pretty much a recipe to do everything and anything in a slow cooker these days and I for one, I’m a happy, happy girl for this. But ribs in the slow cooker? There’s something that seems so right yet so wrong about this. Where is the char, where is the blackened ends. Ribs in the slow cooker? What?
So I had to try to make my own Easy Slow Cooker Ribs.
HOW DO YOU REMOVE THE MEMBRANE FROM RIBS?
It’s easy to remove that pesky sheet of membrane from the back of a rack of ribs. Start by using a knife or fingernail to pry up a corner of the thin membrane from the backside of the rack of ribs. Grab that with a paper towel—for grip—and slowly pull it upwards until you have a good portion of the membrane is free. Keep pulling until you have removed the entire membrane.
WHAT KIND OF RIBS DO I USE?
Baby back ribs are pork ribs that are cut from the lowest part of the rib section on the back and tend to be less fatty and more tender than other rib cuts. Spare ribs are pork or beef ribs that are cut from the chest of the pig or steer and like the baby back ribs, require low, slow cooking time to become nice and tender.
HOW DO I MAKE EASY SLOW COOKER RIBS?
Easy! To make your Easy Slow Cooker Ribs, start by removing the ribs from the store packaging, wash and pat dry. Trim off any large sections of excess fat and any silver skin membrane left on the back of the rack and set aside. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients for the rib rub and then apply the rib rub liberally to both sides of the Easy Slow Cooker Rib rack. Add the chicken broth to the slow cooker and then the entire spiced rack of ribs. Add chopped onion on top of the ribs and set slow cooker to Low. Cook for 6-7 hours or until meat is tender and pulls away from the bone. Transfer ribs to a cookie sheet pan and brush with BBQ sauce. Set oven to Broil and when broiler is ready, slide the Easy Slow Cooker Ribs right under the broiler for 3-5 minutes. Watch carefully… don’t let these babies burn!! Remove and serve your Easy Slow Cooker Ribs immediately!
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Easy Slow Cooker Ribs
A Wicked Whisk Rib Rub
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp ground mustard
- 1 tsp chipotle powder
- 1 tsp cayenne
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp ancho chili powder (optional)
- 4 tsp brown sugar
Easy Slow Cooker Ribs
- 3 lbs spare ribs beef or pork
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 large onion chopped
- 1/2 cup favorite BBQ sauce
- Remove the ribs from the store packaging, wash and pat dry and trim off any large sections of excess fat and any silver skin membrane left on the back of the rack
- In a small bowl, combine all ingredients for the rib rub and then apply rib rub liberally to both sides of the rib rack
- Add the chicken broth to the slow cooker and then the entire spiced rack of ribs. Add chopped onion on top of the ribs and set slow cooker to Low. Cook for 6-7 hours or until meat is tender and pulls away from the bone
- Transfer ribs to a cookie sheet pan and brush with BBQ sauce. Set oven to Broil and when broiler is ready, slide pan of ribs right under the broiler for 3-5 minutes or until sauce has carmelized
- Remove and serve immediately