Ribs are one of those foods that always intimidated me, and while I liked them, I was never brave enough to cook them for the first few years I was married. Then, one day, there was a huge sale on ribs at our local store, and having no better idea for dinner, I bought them. On the drive home, I realized that I didn’t have a grill at the time, so after some online research, a slow cooker recipe was born. It turned out great and we’ve been cooking these ever since!
This is one of several variations that I make, and it might be my favorite. Adjust spices and sweetener to fit your own taste…
- 4 pounds of beef or pork ribs, cut every 3-4 ribs to fit in crock pot
- 1 teaspoon of chili powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder (or to taste)
- Salt and pepper
- 1 medium onion, finely diced
- 1 15-ounce can of tomato sauce
- 1 6 ounce can of tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire Sauce (make sure it's grain free. I think Lea and Perrins is)
- ½ tsp liquid smoke (or more, to taste)
- ¼ cup honey or molasses (optional)- can also use a dash of stevia
- Dice the onion and place at the bottom of a crock pot (at least 6 quarts!).
- Sprinkle the garlic and chili powders, salt and pepper on the ribs an put them in the crock pot also.
- Mix the tomato sauce, tomato paste, vinegar, worcestershire, liquid smoke and sweetener if using and then pour evenly over the ribs.
- Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until tender.
- Toss in sauce before serving.
Photo credit: Suzanne Perazzini