What happens when you and your husband get a random craving for BBQ ribs in the middle of January? You improvise! I’ve used the crockpot to make lots of things but I’ve never cooked meat like this before in the crockpot. And I can tell you that making these crockpot ribs was a decision that I did NOT regret in the least bit!
These ribs totally satisfied our craving and then some. We typically make ribs on the grille, and I have to say that these ribs were significantly more tender + packed with way more flavor!
The best part is that you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry already. I did a combo dry rub + BBQ sauce. You can use any BBQ sauce that you like, but we opted to go with the original Sweet Baby Rays.
I added the BBQ sauce on after the dry rub and then put the ribs into the crockpot with the meat facing against the crockpot walls. You can put these in 4 hours on high but it’s best to let them slow cook for like 6-8 hours on low.
After you take them out of the crockpot, slather then in BBQ sauce again and throw them under the broiler for about 5 minutes. This will carmelize the sauce and make them sticky and even more delicious!
That’s it folks!! Enjoy those ribs in January. I know we did.
1 tbsp Paprika
2 tbsp Brown Sugar
1/2 tbsp Ground Pepper
1 tbsp Salt (whichever you prefer but Kosher adds a better taste in my opinion)
1 rack of ribs
3 cups BBQ sauce
1. First, peel the white skin off the bones of the ribs. I was told to do this because if left on it’ll make the ribs have a weird texture.
2. Combine all seasonings in bowl. Rub entire rack of ribs with seasoning mix.
3. Slather ribs with BBQ sauce. I used about a cup.
4. Cut the rack in half. Put the ribs in the crockpot with the meat side facing the walls of the crockpot. Turn crockpot to whatever setting but 6-8 hours is preferred.
5. After ribs are done cooking in the crockpot, place them on a baking sheet + add more BBQ sauce about 1-2 more cups and place them under the broiler for about 5 minutes. Watch your ribs, don’t walk away. Some broilers get hotter faster. They can burn easily! You just want the sauce to get nice and carmelized.
6. Enjoy! ❤️
Let let me know how these ribs turn out for you!