I have a confession. I believe this may have been the first time I’ve cooked bone in ribs. They always seemed difficult and rib meat tends to dry out quickly. That is why I love my slow cooker! You put the food in and several hours of ignoring it later, viola, done! This is so easy I’m afraid that I’ll be cooking ribs much more frequently now. It’s time to use up all that barbecue sauce sitting in the cupboard.
It was too wet and cold here (and I was far too lazy today) to try this, but instead of adding the barbecue sauce to the pot you could remove the ribs and finish them on the grill. That would give them those caramelized barbecue sauce bits that many people mistake for burnt sauce, mmmm. This method will still be great in the summer as a slow cooker doesn’t produce a lot of heat like your stove or BBQ would.
You will have to check on this recipe once or twice as the cooking time will vary as to the type of ribs and the bone to rib ratio. The garlic slow cooks and starts to melt into the sauce. If you want slow cooked garlic (it tastes kind of like roasted) then use the largest cloves.
Slow Cooker Ribs
2 ½ pounds bone-in country style pork spare ribs
oil (spray oil would be easiest)
½ – 1 bulb garlic, peeled
1 cup barbecue sauce
Oil the inside of your slow cooker. Season the pork with the seasoned salt and it, along with the garlic, to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours.
About ½ to one hour before the ribs are done, drain any liquid from the meat and add the barbecue sauce. Make sure every piece is coated with sauce. Let sauce soak into the meat well before finishing. Enjoy!