Slow Cooker Ribs

January 21, 2016

Just when you thought we were done with huge gatherings and tons of food — the Superbowl hits!

And let me just tell you something funny [but totally serious]. I had the most intense conversation the other night with Lucas about how glad I was that the chances of me being in the hospital during Superbowl were pretty much non-existent. I mean, I’ll be 36 weeks pregnant, so there is a chance, but it’s slim slim slim [not like my huge, ginormous, itchy belly].

Oh and by intense conversation I mean only on my part. Lucas was looking at me practically with his eye balls all the way up in his head. But, I was totally serious. Especially because once I’m in the hospital there’s no food going in my belly, just water and jello, yay. So to miss out on queso, pigs in a blanket, stuffed mushrooms, and piles of chips to be in the hospital pushing out a baby, would make my tummy sad. My heart could probably handle it though.

We usually stick to the run of the mill football party snacks, but this time I actually might bring a little something different to the biggest sports commercial show of the year. RIBS. Down right messy, sticky, finger licking ribs. I mean, who doesn’t love ribs?

The best part about these ribs though is that they’re cooked in the slow cooker. I’m telling you I’m totally obsessed with my slow cooker these days. I need three of them so that I can cook breakfast, lunch and dinner in them, and not have to worry about actually cooking anything.
So,  you can pop these ribs in the crockpot in the morning, and by kickoff they’ll be hot and saucy and ready to go!

So now that I told you one of the things that I’m making for the big game, what are you making?!

Slow Cooker Ribs

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Total Time: 8 hours, 15 minutes

Serving Size: 6


  • 1 rack of pork baby back ribs
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1/3 cup BBQ sauce [I used Sweet Baby Rays]
  • For the sauce:
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 tablespoon water


    For the ribs:
  1. Mix the rub ingredients [garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and salt] in a bowl, and rub over the ribs. Using a basting brush, paint the ribs with bbq sauce, making sure that you do both sides of the rib rack. Place the ribs in the slow cooker, standing the rack up on it's side, and having the flesh part of the rack facing out towards the wall of the slow cooker.
  2. For the sauce:
  3. In a bowl, whisk together all the ingredients for the sauce, and pour half the sauce over the ribs. Cover the crockpot with the lid and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or until the meat is tender. When the ribs are done, turn off the slow cooker. In a small sauce pot, pour the other half of the sauce in to the pot and cook over medium heat until the sauce starts to boil. When the sauce is boiling, mix the cornstarch with the water in a small bowl and add 1 tablespoon of the hot sauce mixture, whisking until combined, then drizzle in to the sauce pot. Keep stirring until the sauce comes back to a boil and let it boil for until sauce has thickened. This can take anywhere from 3-10 minutes, so just keep stirring and don't let your sauce over cook.
  4. Remove ribs from the crockpot and place on a baking sheet. Slather them up thoroughly with the sauce and broil for 2-3 minutes, just to set the sauce on the ribs and get a little char.
  5. Remove from oven and move the ribs to a cutting board, cut the rack in to individual ribs and serve.

{ 1 comment }

1 shelly January 21, 2016 at 6:20 pm

Those ribs looks delicious!! We don’t do too much for the super bowl. My hubby isn’t into sports. I make junk food and delicious food anyways and I try to watch the commercial and the last part of the game. Have fun!

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