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Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs

My brother was staying with us for a few weeks when he moved back to town last month. I’m so glad he’s back home and I was soooo excited to have some company in the early afternoons when I get off work early. But that posed a problem. Now I was feeding two grown men and myself (and I can out eat both of them on a regular basis) So I had to expand my usual light dinners to a much more meat-and-potatoes friendly menu. I told my brother I’d treat him to some homemade slow cooked ribs even though I’d never made ribs before. Now that is sibling love if I ever heard of it.

So I made an easy BBQ sauce and cooked them all day in the slow cooker while I was at work. My house smelled like a steakhouse when I walked in the door and my brother loved the ribs! The sauce was great over rice as well. He is a true rib connoisseur so I knew they were good. This picture was the ONLY chunk of ribs that stayed in one piece pulling them out of the pot. The rest literally fell off the bone. And baking them first made a huge difference in sealing the juices in. Hope you like it!

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds pork baby back ribs (enough to fill a 9 x 13 baking dish)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • several dashes of hot sauce (depending on taste)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F

2. Place ribs in a shallow baking pan. Season ribs with salt and pepper. Brown in oven 15 minutes. Turn over, and brown another 15 minutes. Drain fat.

3. In a medium bowl, mix together the ketchup, BBQ sauce, chili sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, oregano, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce. Place ribs in slow cooker. Pour sauce over ribs, and turn to coat.

4. Cover, and cook on Low 6 to 8 hours, or until ribs are tender. Enjoy!

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