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Monday, October 21, 2013

Ribbing Always Allowed

And that’s not referring to joking we have around The Frog & PenguINN. This ribbing refers to what was on our dinner menu this weekend. This was another crockpot-easy dinner of baby back ribs. Usually in summer months, Grenville prepares these ribs for cooking outdoors in a smoker. But, we were busy with assorted yard work and smoking ribs requires some tending and time, neither of which we wanted to do.

This first-time recipe was was SO easy to prepare with ingredients already in stock. I checked online for prep and cooking times and after finding several recipes, adjusted the seasonings to come up with this one. We used a smaller package of ribs that were in the freezer; if using a larger amount, just adjust the seasonings — experiment freely because you can’t really go too far astray. You could also omit the rub and just add more barbecue sauce.

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Forgot to show the cut up apple in the ingredients photo above. It was a latecomer to the photo session. Also, I used a Splenda brown sugar blend, regular is OK too.

Baby Back Ribs in Crock Pot

  • 3 lbs. baby back pork ribs
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 1 apple sliced
  • 1/2 C barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 C apple cider vinegar

Rub ingredients

  • 2 TBSP Splenda brown sugar or equivalent
  • 1 TBSP smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1-1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 3/4 tsp black pepper
  • 3/4 tsp white pepper
  • 3/4 tsp ground oregano
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  1. Cut rack of ribs in half to allow layering in crockpot. Place sliced onion and apple on bottom of1020 baby back ribs crocked (3) crock pot, then pour apple cinder vinegar on top.
  2. Combine rub ingredients; mix well. Rub on all sides of ribs. This is a somewhat messy process and placing them on paper towels requires less cleanup after the rub is applied.
  3. Criss-cross rib layers in crockpot. Pour barbecue sauce on top and around.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 3 to 3 1/2 hrs. (if you’re in a hurry, but low and slow is best).

That’s all there is to do for prep work, so go and do whatever else you need to get done and then come in and enjoy.

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Serve with a side order of beans, coleslaw or veggies of your choice. Ours was sautéed zucchini, carrots, onions and celery — leftovers from last week’s grocery shopping.

8 comments:

DeniseinVA said...

Looks like another winner at The Frog and PenguINN :)

Lois Evensen said...

Looks wonderful. We are out on a road trip, but stopped for ribs this afternoon. Yum!

Daisy said...

Sounds great! Ribs is one of my son's favorites.

Emma Springfield said...

Mmmm. Sounds so good. Thank you for mentioning that you used the Splenda brown sugar. My son is diabetic and I try to keep the carbs low when I cook. It is not always easy to find recipes for something like this that you can substitute the Splenda in.

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

This looks delicious! I never knew you could cook ribs in a crock pot - I'm going to have to give this one a try!

Sandra said...

looks delish and I am not ribbing you

Anvilcloud said...

Sounds good, but since Sue wouldn't like them ... :(

Doris said...

Would you believe I have never made ribs?!! This looks simple enough for me to try. I know it would be a hit here. Thanks for sharing!

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