BBQ ribs, mmm! Several of you asked on 2nd Man's recent birthday what I made for him since he always makes such great stuff for us. So this is what I made for his birthday. He loves bbq baby back ribs and for some odd reason, we never tried making them at home. I didn't want to mess with the grill at the apartment just yet, so I found some recipes online, modified them a bit and made this.
We have to say, they were so amazingly delicious, we will be having them regularly.
|Crockpot Barbecue Ribs|
Nothing like a rack of babyback pork ribs and potato salad. 2nd Man LOVED it! The potato salad was his favorite from the deli, so no recipe there but the ribs. You HAVE to try them.
|Ribs, Coca-Cola, BBQ and a slow cooker|
Here are the ingredients: Pork loin backribs or "babyback ribs".
I cooked two racks (we had one left over for the next day).
1 bottle of BBQ sauce (you can make your own but if you have a favorite it's much easier, we love Sweet Baby Ray's "original")
1 large onion, sliced
1 bottle of Coca-Cola (don't use diet, it's the sugar that helps flavor these)
Oh, you DO need a crockpot (or slow cooker) of course.
Oil the inside of your crockpot or use cooking spray, this will make cleanup MUCH easier.
Sprinkle salt and pepper over the ribs and then put them in. They should be fresh, not frozen, and just spiral them around, standing them on the rib bone edges. I suppose you could just layer them as well. Our crockpot has heating elements around the sides and the bottom, whereas some just have heating elements in the bottom.
Place the onions over the top, nothing fancy just let them fall where they may...
Use ALMOST the entire bottle of bbq sauce (I saved about 1/4 cup). Mix the coke and the remaining sauce together and pour over the ribs and onions.
Put the lid on and set on LOW for 7 hours.
There is a reason for using 7 hours instead of 8.
This is what it will look like after 7 hours.
Lots of liquid.
CAREFULLY pour off that liquid.
|BBQ ribs in the slow cooker|
After you CAREFULLY pour it all off (don't drop your ribs!), pour the remaining sauce over them. They are fully cooked and you can eat them but you want to make them more like ribs off the grill so now you have TWO options.
First, you can leave them in the cooker, cover them and cook on HIGH for about an hour...
...you can carefully (they WILL fall apart) put them on a foil lined baking sheet in the oven and finish them off that way (which is what I did).
Did I say they were falling off the bone tender?
They were...this is me simply pulling a bone out in about 2 seconds.
Pop under the broiler on high for about 15 minutes. The ribs have been done, they were done right out of the slowcooker, this just gives them a more finished "off the grill" kind of texture, as you can see above and below.
|Slow cooker BBQ ribs|
Once again, here they are, on the plate and ready to eat.
They were incredble!!!