Monday, June 4, 2012

Slow Cooker BBQ Spare Ribs

My husband's favorite meals are Ribs, Meatloaf and Hamburgers (with anything on them). I make these especially for him. I'm not much of a ribs person, but these are actually very good. I'll usually nibble on 1 or 2 but the whole batch is his (and he doesn't mind). I love using my slower cooker for everything! It makes having dinner ready so easy. Since I let the ribs cook on low for so long, it allows the meat to breakdown and absorb the flavor of the sauce. These are smokey, juicy and definitely hearty. Totally Man Food! Plus what's says summer is starting more than ribs?

I used Annie's Naturals Organic Hot Chipotle BBQ sauce. We love ours spicy! Using any BBQ sauce you like will work great with this - so use what you know you'll enjoy. As for the pork spare ribs, I get mine from meat counter and ask them to trim the membrane (if there is one) and cut into sections (about 4 bones long). Makes it easy to just put everything together.

Slow Cooker BBQ Spare Ribs

Cook Time: 8 hours, on low
Prep Time: < 5 minutes
Serves: 3-4

  • Olive oil spray
  • 2 lbs pork spare ribs, trimmed and cut to fit your slow cooker
  • 2 Tbsp bbq (your choice)
  • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tbsp worcheshire sauce
  • 1/8 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp hot sauce (optional)

Spray the inside of your slow cooker with oil.

In a small bowl, whisk together all of the Sauce ingredients. The sauce should be tart and salty, maybe a bit of sweet if you used a sweet bbq sauce.

Place section of the ribs into slow cooker. With a basting brush, or your fingers, add a layer of sauce to the top of the ribs. Then place the next section of ribs on top and repeat. Once all of the ribs are in the slow cooker, drizzle whatever remaining sauce there is on top.

Cover and cook on low for about 8 hours. At about 4 hours in, flip the ribs. Do this by taking the section on the bottom and putting it on top, sauce side up.

You'll know they are done when the meat is practically falling off the bones.

Serve with additional bbq sauce or eat them as is. Enjoy!


  1. Looks great Laurie. Do you think they would come out almost as good without the liquid smoke? Not really a fan of that stuff but want to try these ribs.

    1. Absolutely. If you still want a smokey flavor, maybe add a bit of cumin or opt for a smokey bbq sauce.

  2. thanks for sharing.