These ribs get their spice from a quick rub and are a cinch to make in your slow cooker. The result is tender, juicy meat that is reminiscent of those from your favorite BBQ joint!
It’s summer! Time to be outside soaking in the glorious warm weather 🙂 It’s also grilling season. I love to grill. But guess what? This Spicy BBQ Rib recipe cooks in your slow cooker. Which gives you more time to bask outside in the sun and socialize with friends instead of tending to the grill.
I must admit, I’ve always been intimidated about cooking ribs. I’m not sure if it’s all the bones or what, but it’s something that I’ve never done. Until now. I was inspired by a woman at the market one morning telling the butcher how delicious her ribs turned out in the slow cooker. I was flabbergasted. I always thought cooking ribs was a labor intense process requiring lots of basting, checking the meat, adjusting a smoker and so on. Who knew it could be accomplished in the slow cooker! So that morning, I decided to try my hand at this slow cooker rib thing.
I purchased three pounds of ribs and had the butcher cut them in half so they would fit nicely into my slow cooker. Then, when I came home from the market, I coated the meat with my favorite spicy rub and put them in the slow cooker along with a bottle of beer. I happened to have an IPA on hand that had notes of maple syrup so I decided to use that one.
While our ribs were cooking, the kids and I broke out the sprinkler, water tables and the baby pool and played ’till our hearts content in the hot summer sun. We had tea parties, dance competitions and water fights all afternoon. There’s nothing better than watching my kids use their imaginations while they play with simple toys. They come up with the best games! This lasted for a good while, but as all good things do, ended abruptly when one sibling took a toy another sibling was playing with and World War III ensued. Good thing it was time for dinner!
After the kids agreed to a peace treaty, we came in the house and I got to work on the ribs. Since they had been cooking low and slow all afternoon, there really wasn’t much left to do at that point. I gently pulled them out of the slow cooker and placed them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Since I like my ribs a little juicy, I brushed about 1/4 cup of store-bought barbecue sauce on top, but you could definitely skip this step. Then, I put them under the broiler on high for about five minutes so the outsides would get nice and crispy.
The meat practically fell off the bones it was so juicy and tender. And broiling them at the last minute made them crunchy and crispy at the same time. They were phenomenal. I would’ve been incredibly happy to have eaten these spicy BBQ ribs at our favorite BBQ joint. But I’m even happier to know that I can make them myself at home now 🙂