Here's an easy family meal that you'll definitely want to add to your dinner rotation -- slow cooker barbecue ribs. They have all of the flavor of ribs cooked over an open flame, but the beauty of these is that you can make them in advance in your Crock-Pot. Then come dinnertime, the house smells heavenly, and you have a meal the whole family will love.
They're hearty and filling with a sauce that has a little bit of kick. You can adjust the heat by adding more or less hot sauce. Serve these up with a salad and some baked beans, and a delicious dinner is done.
Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs
4 pounds pork baby back ribs
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cups ketchup
1 cup chili sauce
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
4 tablespoons vinegar
2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 dash hot sauce (more or less depending on your taste)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
Season ribs with salt and pepper. Place in a shallow baking pan. Brown in oven 15 minutes. Turn over, and brown another 15 minutes; drain fat.
In a medium bowl, mix together the ketchup, chili sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, oregano, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and salt and pepper. Place ribs in slow cooker. Pour sauce over ribs, and turn to coat.
Cover and cook on Low 6 to 8 hours, or until ribs are tender.
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