Food Thursday: Crock Pot Ribs

My son discovered ribs this summer and it seems to have been a life-changing event. He wanted to order ribs for dinner every night on vacation. Since our return he’s been asking me to make ribs constantly. Normally I am happy to comply with dinner requests from my children but this one is fairly time consuming and we have entered a stretch of time where minutes are at a premium. We have a week until the first day of school and, as I do every year, I’m trying to squeeze in some extra fun adventures. We have also started fall sport practices which take up time during the dinner-making hours. So ribs haven’t been on my grocery list.

This week, I felt sorry for the boy and his unsatisfied rib craving. So I started to think slightly outside the box. Maybe I don’t have time for traditional, bone-in ribs – but some country-style ribs might just do the trick. I looked in some of my crock pot cook books and found a handful of different recipes for cooking country-style ribs in the crock pot which boosted my confidence. I decided to keep it basic this time around and I’m happy to report, the boy was happy (and the rest of us were too).

Crock Pot Barbecue Ribs

AKA dinner in three steps

5-7lbs of country style ribs
1 bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce (we like Sweet Baby Rays)
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
5 tsp minced garlic
a couple dashes of hot sauce

1. Place the ribs in the crock pot.

2. In a bowl mix together remainder of ingredients. Pour over the meat. Cook on low 6-8 hours.

3. Remove from the crock pot and trim off the fat from the ribs. Serve on a platter with some of the sauce ladled over the top to keep the meat moist.

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