This recipe for Crock-Pot BBQ Pork Ribs is an easy yummy way to make great ribs in the slow cooker. You can make these ribs and serve them right away, or make them and freeze them in freezer bags and just warm them back up in the oven or slow cooker when you are ready to eat them.
Slow Cooker BBQ Pork Ribs
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I love pork ribs and having a bag of these yummy barbecue ribs in the freezer ready to throw in the slow cooker means that I can have ribs any time of the year!
The recipe is fairly simple to make. Just toss your ribs (spare ribs or baby back ribs) into the slow cooker. Cut them up a little if you need to to get them to fit in your slow cooker.
Then mix together the ingredients for a homemade BBQ sauce – ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, liquid smoke and seasoning salt. Pour that yummy sauce over the ribs and let them cook away until they are tender and almost falling off the bone.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, it’s possible to over cook ribs when you cook them in a slow cooker. The meat on ribs some separate easily from the bone when light pressure is applied. However, if the meat is u0022falling off the boneu0022 (literally) when you lift the ribs out of the slow cooker, the ribs have been cooked too long.
There is no need to sear your ribs before cooking them in a slow cooker. When you cook ribs in the slow cooker you want to cook them low and slow to allow the connective tissue to break down which will result in tender perfectly cooked ribs.
For best results we prefer to cut the ribs up into pieces that contain 4 to 5 ribs per piece so that you can fit the ribs better in the slow cooker. It is okay to stack the ribs loosely in the bottom of the slow cooker or stack the ribs vertically if you need to cook more ribs in your slow cooker.
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Crock-Pot BBQ Pork Ribs Recipe
- 2 ½ Pounds Pork Ribs (Cut So They Fit In Your Slow Cooker (*See Note))
- 1 ½ Cups Ketchup
- ½ Cup Brown Sugar (Light Or Dark)
- ½ Cup White Vinegar
- ½ Teaspoon Liquid Smoke
- 1 ½ Tablespoons Seasoning Salt
- Place the pork ribs in a 6 quart or larger slow cooker.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine the remaining ingredients (ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, liquid smoke and seasoning salt). Pour over ribs in the slow cooker.
- Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 7 hours or on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours. If cooking on HIGH watch your ribs to make sure the sauce doesn't burn.
- Place all ingredients into a 1 gallon size zippered freezer bag OR FoodSaver bag.
- Place bag on flat surface and seal bag closed while pressing out as much excess air as possible OR use your FoodSaver sealing system to vacuum seal the bag closed.
- Label bag with date prepared, name of recipe, ingredients and cooking instructions.
- Lay bag flat in freezer and allow to freeze for several hours. At that point you can stand the bags upright in your freezer if desired.
- Remove freezer meal bag from freezer and place either in refrigerator overnight OR in a clean kitchen sink filled with cool water for several hours just until the freezer meal is partially thawed enough to dump the contents of the bag into the slow cooker.
- Cook according to the recipe directions adding 1 additional hour cooking time (in this case 7 to 8 hours on LOW or 4 to 5 hours on HIGH from the partially thawed state ).
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