Oh hot mamma’s! My kitchen seriously smells GOOD!
When I walk into my house and smell the sweet aroma of cooking ribs… mm mm good.
And THEN, combine that with the fact that it’s cooking in the crockpot and therefore I don’t have to do anything else other than EAT THEM – this is seriously the face these ribs will cause you to make. (Unless of course you don’t like meat… awkward….)
Seriously though, if you are looking for an awesome crock pot meal that takes only minutes to throw together and tastes amazing – look no further.
Added bonus?? My husband loves these so I’m sure you’re man will too!
So first thing is to make sure you have your crock pot out and ready to go! I like to drizzle a nice little layer of barbecue sauce in the bottom before I put the ribs in, just to be sure all that goodness covers every inch of those ribs!
Next, lay your ribs out on a paper towel or a clean surface, with the meaty side up. Mix all your spices together in a small bowl and stir well until combined.
NOTE: if you prefer to go sugar free – ditch the brown sugar and use cinnamon! If this sounds strange to you don’t be alarmed! Cinnamon is surprisingly crazy good on certain kinds of meat (I use cinnamon for crock pot carnitas too! YUM!) If you aren’t positive about the cinnamon at first just use a little bit to see how you like it.
Next, rub the spice mixture on the meat. This is easiest using your hands! Once your ribs are smothered in spiced goodness, wrap the ribs around the inside of the crock pot with the meaty side facing out. “They” say (whoever they is) that this is the best way to cook ribs in the crock pot but if you are in a hurry just cut up the ribs into three or four sections and throw them in the crock pot. Whatever is easiest for you! To me personally, they taste the same and it doesn’t make a big difference!
Once your ribs are in the crock pot, smother those babies in barbecue sauce! I put down about 2-3 cups of sauce on the recipe card, but really I just smother all over until I feel satisfied that there are no sauce free spots on any of those ribs! So smother away with how every much barbecue sauce you want! Then throw your lid on and let the magic happen! Typically I will cook these for about 6-8 hours on low – but if you are anything like me and forgot about dinner until 2 in the afternoon, cook for 4 hours on high! The ribs are done once the meat begins to fall off the bones!
Eat these on their own or serve with something else scrumptious like potato’s and roasted cauliflower! Whatever strikes your fancy!
Let me know how the rib cooking goes!