How To Make BBQ Ribs in the Slow Cooker

BBQ ribs are truly a delicious meal to serve to your family. Usually, ribs are cooked outdoors on a grill, but sometimes, you just don't feel like setting up outside because of the weather, or you don't have coal. If you still want to cook your BBQ ribs, you can use a slow cooker. Cooking them in the slow cooker actually makes the ribs more tender as compared to when you grill them. If you want to create this delicious dish, here are some quick and easy steps.

  • Get your ingredients ready. For this delicious dish, you will need 2 pounds of pork ribs, 1 clove of garlic, 1 bulb of onion and 1 bottle of honey-flavored sauce for barbecuing. You may also use beef ribs if you prefer this tastier equivalent. You can purchase all of these from your local grocery so you will not have a hard time getting these ready.
  • Prepare the pork ribs. Take out the pork ribs from its packaging and rinse thoroughly in your kitchen sink, under running water. Take out a few napkins and pat the pork dry. Get your slow cooker and put the pork ribs into the pot.
  • If you want more flavor, brown the ribs first. Before beginning the slow cooking process, you can opt to brown your pork ribs first. Take a cup of the honey-flavored barbecue sauce and pour it over the pork ribs, add jalapenos and other spices if you feel like mixing up with new flavors. Cook for about 15 minutes, long enough for the flavors to stick to the pork ribs. Once done, you can transfer the pork ribs into the slow cooker.
  • Chop the vegetables. Take your onion and garlic and chop them into small pieces. Add these to the pork ribs and stir to make sure that the onions and garlic covers the ribs. This ensures that the flavors will reach all parts of the pork ribs.
  • Lower the temperature. Lower the flame and continue cooking for up to 6 more hours or until the pork ribs are tender. You may get a brush and apply a coat of honey-flavored barbecue sauce on the ribs before you cover the pot again. This adds an extra juicy flavor to the ribs while you are cooking it. Do not overdo the sauce so your pork ribs will not get too salty.
  • While waiting, prepare the side dishes. Six hours is a long time to wait for pork ribs to cook. While you are waiting, you can then prepare the side dishes that you plan to serve along with the ribs. You may prepare some corn and carrots; make mashed potatoes, steam vegetables and even toss up a delicious salad to go with the ribs. You will have lots of time to do this so go ahead and feel free to experiment.

Once done, you can now enjoy the tender, succulent pork ribs that have been cooked to perfection over a slow cooker. Though nothing beats the natural smoky flavor of grilled ribs, the slow cooked barbecue ribs are perfect in its tenderness and flavor. Because it took a long time for it to cook, the flavors really melded with the pork, allowing you to taste and enjoy the flavors with each and every bite.


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