Slow Cooker Barbecue Spare Ribs

by Melanie

I confess that I love my slow cooker,  I use it at least once a week. The best part is that clean up is easy and you don’t have to watch over the food. Throw ingredients in the crock pot, turn it on and come back when it’s done. Whether it’s a whole complete meal in the pot or just the main dish cooking is a breeze.

My kids love spare ribs but I am not a fan of the mess and time involved in making them. When you have children in the house, it is very easy to over cook the ribs with all the distractions. The result is dry or burnt ribs.  Although I prefer my ribs well done, most everyone else doesn’t. Making barbecue ribs in a slow cooker is the perfect answer. Extremely easy to make and never dry or overcooked.

Ingredients for Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs

  • 4-5 pounds pork ribs
  • 2 onions
  • 1 1/2 cups barbecue sauce

Directions for Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs

For easier clean up, lightly spray inside of crock pot with a no stick cooking spray.

Thinly slice onions and place in bottom of crock pot. Place the ribs on top of onions, try not to let ribs touch the sides of pot. Pour barbecue sauce over ribs, making sure they are completely covered. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or until ribs are tender. The ribs will be perfect but because I like a little crisp to mine I pop a few under the broiler for a couple minutes.

I serve the ribs with a tossed salad, corn on the cob and some home made cole slaw or potato salad. Using a slow cooker to make ribs is a perfect way to have a summer barbecue even if there is snow on the ground.

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