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.
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
- 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
- Cut rack of ribs in half to allow layering in crockpot. Place sliced onion and apple on bottom of crock pot, then pour apple cinder vinegar on top.
- 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.
- Criss-cross rib layers in crockpot. Pour barbecue sauce on top and around.
- 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.