Sunday, March 11, 2007

Barbecued Ribs

I love barbecued ribs. I never tried to make them at home because I thought it must be too time intensive. Barbecued ribs have to be made on a barbecue, right? Wrong. Barbecued ribs can be made in a crock pot. I think these ribs are as good if not better than any you'll find in a restaurant (even a Texas barbecue restaurant). I'm posting it here because I've promised several nurses I'd bring in the recipe, always forget, so now I can just point them here.


  • 3.5 pounds baby back ribs
  • 0.25 c brown sugar
  • 0.5 tsp black pepper
  • 3 tbsp liquid smoke
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 0.5 cup Coke (not diet!)
  • 1.5 c. barbecue sauce (I like Cattleman's)

1. Remove inner skin from ribs (I use pliers to make this easier). Mix brown sugar, pepper, liquid smoke, garlic, and salt. Rub mixture onto ribs and cut them into 4 inch pieces. Layer ribs and onion in crock pot.

2. Cover and cook on low setting for 6-9 hours (depending on how your crock pot interprets 'low').

3. Remove ribs from pot. Drain and discard liquid.

4. Dip ribs into barbecue sauce, place ribs back into crock pot and pour any remaining sauce over ribs. Cook on low for an additional hour.

This recipe makes enough for 2-4 adults, depending on their appetite. For our family of 4, I make a double recipe (7 lbs of ribs) so there are sure to leftovers. I have tried this recipe with spare ribs instead of baby-back ribs and found it much too greasy for my liking.

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