Thursday, April 17, 2014

Slow Cooker Apple Butter BBQ Ribs

     Cooking bone-in meat in a slow cooker is always an exciting prospect. The end result more often than not looks terrifying, with meat and gristle and bone all in a heap in the bottom of the cooker. I'm also leery about using really nice spareribs for a slow cooker recipe. However, this recipe gave me the opportunity to use up some surplus apple butter and bbq sauce I canned last season. I bit the bullet and gave it a try. Despite the fact that I entirely missed a step, the ribs were quite tasty. The Wife really liked them because she didn't have to fight to get the meat off the bone. She would never be able to survive in the wild. I don't know that I'd make this a lot, but it was certainly good and I would consider making it again if the grill and smoker were not available outside. As always, any notes and changes are in blue.

Slow Cooker Apple Butter BBQ Ribs
via Super-Fast Slow Cooking
  1. Sprinkle ribs with salt and pepper (as mentioned, we used the Uncle Joe's)
  2. Place ribs on rimmed baking sheets. Bake at 350 (180F, Gasmark 4) for 30 minutes; drain. Slice the ribs into serving size pieces and place in the slow cooker. (holy shit. I didn't even see this step when I made these. I just chucked the frozen rib sections into the slow-cooker. I'm not even joking. If you don't believe me, watch the video below.)
  3. Add remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.

Bonus Video! 
Good times!

1 comment:

  1. Hi there! I'm stopping in from Let's Get Real today. It's always fun to see what you have been cooking up in your kitchen. I bet the ribs were super tender. You are right though about cooking bone-in meat. It can be quite ugly even if it turns out to be delicious. Looks like your whole ribs worked out OK without cutting them up.