Im really not a fan of sticky, messy, gooey ribs.. sue me! I dont care about the mess getting on my face, but I can’t stand when stuff gets under my nails. Weird? Cool.
My friend Jessica made some crock pot ribs the other day that looked too dank to pass up, so I decided to make my own version tonight.
Pork Loin Back Ribs – 1 slab
1 bottle BBQ Sauce – whatever style you prefer
1/2 Onion – white or yellow
Garlic – 5 cloves (we LOVE garlic in this house)
Water – amount tbd depending on crock pot size
First and foremost, like all meat, I washed it off. No, silly, don’t use
soap.. Just rinse the meat in cool water to get all of the blood and “residuals” off. Then pat dry with paper towels. Place the rack meat side down on a cutting board (I used two together since the rack was longer than one single board) and cut into serving size pieces, about 3 ribs.
After the ribs have been sectioned, turn your broiler on low and dry season them with whatever you like. I rubbed garlic salt, paprika, onion powder, and fresh cracked pepper into the meat like it was lotion and then arranged them on a baking sheet to brown under the broiler. I kept mine in for about 5min before turning the whole pan clockwise to get all of the ribs evenly, and kept them in another 5min.
While they were browning, I cut the half onion (leftover from last night) into three pieces, and took the ends off of the garlic cloves. Keeping these ingredients as large as you can is helpful when cooking in a crockpot.
When the ribs are browned to your liking, they’re ready for your pot!
After you get everything into the pot, add your whole bottle of BBQ sauce. I actually used 2 different kinds of sauce and added half of each bottle (hickory and a sweet one). Then add enough water to just barely cover the ribs, cover and cook on low for 6-7hrs or high for 3-4hrs. If you want them to fall off the bone, cook them longer. I didn’t want them that way so I only cooked them this long 🙂 They were PURRRRFECT!
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