Friday, September 30, 2011

Babyback Ribs... in the Crock Pot!!?

I've mentioned it before. I have meat issues. One of them is that I cannot eat meat off of the bone. It just totally skeeves me out. I really, truly cannot remember a time that I have eaten anything that had a bone - maybe as a kid I ate a drumstick? Maybe? But, as a result of this, my kids have never been introduced to things like chicken legs or ribs. Until a few weeks ago. We took the kids to the water park & then kept the treat going by hitting up Outback Steakhouse afterward. I always give the kids 3 or 4 choices off the kid's menu - no matter how many are actually on the list; things like the burger, chicken strips, mac 'n cheese, pizza, etc... the 'safe' bets (in my mind)! Well, now that my bigger kids are able to read they actually browse the menu. And that night, my 8 year old saw ribs & asked what they were & decided he wanted to try them. And then the 6, 4 & 2 year olds had to have them, too! LOL Well - that was aaaaaaaaaaaaaall she wrote!! My kids are hooked! They loved their ribs & now every time we've gone anywhere to eat they look for ribs! I decided I'd try my hand at some kid-friendly ribs here at home. And the best part of these!!?? They spend all day in the crockpot cooking so 1.) they're just about no work!! And 2.) the slow-cooking helps break down the connective tissues so they literally fall off the bone and they're not tough for the kids to chow down on!

Here we go!!

You need: 1 rack (2-2 1/2 pounds) of babyback ribs, pineapple juice, brown sugar, red wine vinegar, soy sauce, lemon juice, ketchup, mustard powder, ground cloves, ground ginger, cayenne pepper & fresh garlic & a bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce.

Step 1 - mix everything except the BBQ sauce & meat in the bowl of your slow cooker. Whisk it well to blend it all together.

Add the ribs, cover & set on low for 6 or 7 hours.

Try not to let them get too tender - you want them cooked, but you still need to transfer them to the grill (or, like I chose, under the broiler) & that gets a little trickier when you pick up a bone & it slides right out!! LOL

Once their crock pot time passes either set them on a BBQ grill, on medium heat, or on a broiler pan. Brush the tops with sauce & set over/under the heat for 3-5 minutes. Flip, repeat the sauce & go another 3-5 minutes with the heat.

They kinda look unappetizing when they first come out of the braising liquid, but have faith, my friends! Magic things happen after you bathe them in the BBQ sauce.

Ready for some fall-off-the-bone ribs!?


Babyback the Crock Pot!!?

1 rack (2 - 2 1/2 pounds) babyback pork ribs
3 cups pineapple juice
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp ground mustard
1/3 cup ketchup
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1 1/2 TBsp lemon juice
2 TBsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp ground cloves
2 tsp ground ginger
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
your favorite BBQ sauce

In the bowl of your crock pot, combine everything but the ribs & BBQ sauce. Whisk well to combine. Add ribs, cover & set to low for 6-7 hours.

Remove from braining liquid & discard liquid. Set ribs on a broiler pan (to cook under broiler) or a grill, set to medium heat. Brush tops with sauce & set under/over heat for 3-5 minutes. Flip, apply sauce again & heat another 3-5 minutes.


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1 comment:

  1. Love the pick of Joss eating her rib! Darron is the rib cooker in our house. He lives for smoking them on his grill but I may have to give these a try. They look yummy!