Let’s face it, eating barbecue ribs is a messy job, but somebody has to do it! Keep the mess off of the table and out of your kitchen by cooking your next batch of barbecue ribs in a crock pot! Some recipes call for cooking your ribs in the oven or boiling them on the stove which can be both a hassle and time-consuming. Not only does this dirty more dishes; it heats up the kitchen which is no fun in the summer – a time when people love to eat ribs.
Cooking your ribs in a crock pot will eliminate the hassle of all those dirty dishes and keep the heat to a minimum! Making the perfect barbecue ribs in a crockpot is easy and is something that you won’t have to attend to while cooking. Whip your ingredients together, put them in the crock pot, and you’ll be on your way to fall-off-the-bone ribs in no time!
Before you get started, you will want to make sure you have all your ingredients ready and might want to save yourself extra cleanup time by using a crock pot liner. These are plastic bags, made from BPA-free plastic, that are used to line your crock pot, making cleaning quick and easy! You can purchase these at virtually any grocery store. You’ll never have to scrub that caramelized, burnt-on barbecue sauce again! If you don’t have a crock pot liner on hand, just make sure you spray the bottom and sides of crock pot with oil or a a non-stick cooking spray before you get started.
- 1-2 racks of baby back ribs
- 1 onion
- 1½ tablespoons paprika
- 1½ tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional- adds extra heat)
- Go ahead and get your crock pot out and insert the crock pot liner. When it’s time to clean up, just take the liner out and throw it away!
- Slice your onion and layer it at the bottom of the crockpot.
- Prepare your dry rub by whisking the dry ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl. Set aside.
- Cut your ribs into sections so they will fit easily in your crockpot. Then rinse and pat dry.
Now You’re Ready to Get Cooking
- Generously cover your ribs with the dry rub. Rub it into the meat to maximize flavor.
- Add a layer of BBQ sauce on top of the onions in your crockpot.
- Place your seasoned ribs into the crockpot in layers. Alternate meat and sauce until you have all of your ribs in the crockpot.
- Add additional BBQ sauce, as needed, to ensure the ribs are evenly covered.
- Place the lid on your crockpot and set it on low. Allow your ribs to slow cook for 8 hours. You can cook them on high for 4 hours if you’re in a hurry, but slow will create the best flavor.
The sweet aroma of BBQ sauce will fill your home, and your taste buds will be ready-and-waiting for those mouthwatering ribs! Once your ribs are done, use tongs to remove them from the crockpot. This will help to keep them from falling apart before they hit the plate! Some people like a little extra sauce on their ribs; spoon some extra sauce on top before serving. The messier, the better!
There will be plenty of leftover sauce in the crockpot. Whatever you do, don’t throw it out! There are so many things you can do with the leftover sauce. Here are just some of many awesome ways to use your leftover BBQ sauce:
- Use it as pizza sauce to make a homemade BBQ chicken pizza.
- Cocktail weenies are a great tailgating or potluck party favorite.
- Use it as a meatloaf glaze. The sauce will kick it up a notch compared to the traditional ketchup glaze.
- Pulled anything…pulled pork, chicken or beef will make a great meal later in the week.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to making good use of your leftover BBQ sauce!
Every cook’s least favorite part of cooking is the cleanup. If you used the recommended crockpot-liner, simply take it out and throw it away. This makes cleanup hassle-free and easy as pie!