Winter is the season of the slow cooker.
But maybe summer should be.
I use my crock pot at least as often during the summer as I do during the winter. It's nice to turn on the stove or the oven during the winter for a little extra warmth, but not so much during the summer.
It's been so hot here that even grilling has been out. So, this slow cooker rib recipe is the perfect way to enjoy barbecue without the extra heat.
I've tried out several methods for making ribs in the slow cooker, but this one is the easiest and my favorite. The ribs are tender, and the quick broiling at the end gives them just a little bit of crackle.
You can use any seasoning blend and barbecue sauce that you'd like in this recipe, which is the perfect way to tailor the recipe to your tastes.
Don't forget to check out these barbecue sauce recipes!
Slow Cooker Rib Recipe
- 4 pounds bone-in pork spare ribs
- 1/2 cup barbecue seasoning spice mix of choice
- 2 tablespoons liquid smoke
- 2 cups barbecue sauce* divided
Rub ribs with barbecue seasoning mix.
Place on side standing up in greased slow cooker.
Drizzle liquid smoke over ribs.
Pour 1/2 cup barbecue sauce in bottom of slow cooker.
Cover, and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
Remove ribs from slow cooker, and place on parchment-lined broiler-safe pan.
Brush with half of remaining barbecue sauce.
Broil for 3-5 minutes.
Brush with remaining barbecue sauce.
*This Homemade Kansas City Style Barbecue Sauce recipe is my new go-to barbecue sauce.