Cooktop Cove: Put away your grill. Here are 7 fall-off-the-bone slow cooker ribs to cook instead
By Jess Valentine
There's definitely more than one way to create delicious and succulent pork ribs, but none of them can beat the finger-licking-good ribs that come straight out of a slow cooker.
Although other methods require vigorously wrapping ribs in foil, furiously basting them while cooking, feeding the smoker wood to burn or constantly moving them around the grill, these recipes are different. Simply drop the pork ribs into a marinade, turn a button and come back later to fall-off-the-bone ribs.
Root beer BBQ ribs
It only takes five ingredients to make this delicious finger-lickin' recipe. Root beer adds sweetness and helps tenderize the ribs so that they fall apart and melt right in your mouth. You can make your own barbecue sauce, but it's OK to keep it simple and use a favorite brand from the store. This recipe will make you fall in love with root beer in a way you never thought.
Seasoned salt baby back ribs
In this recipe, a super easy and delicious dry rub takes only five ingredients. These ribs work well for potlucks because they're a breeze to make and always a crowd pleaser.
Apple BBQ ribs
If you love the taste of apples, try this apple BBQ version. The sauce is made from applesauce, brown sugar, BBQ sauce, and apple cider vinegar. Get the full recipe at Cincy Shopper.
Ginger ale ribs
With only 15 minutes of prep, you don't have to stress out about making these ginger ale ribs. Before cooking, toss the ribs in a sweet and salty spice, which gives them an amazing base of flavor. The ginger ale adds a uniquely spicy flavor as well as moisture while the ribs cook. Finally, a sweet and smoky barbecue sauce adds that extra zip to this mouthwatering meal.
Coca-Cola ribs
Try a Coca-Cola-based sauce instead on your ribs. You can make this sauce with Coca-Cola, ketchup, dark brown sugar, dry mustard, cinnamon, chili powder, and some black pepper. This version can be done in slow cooker or on the grill outside.
Keto ribs (h/t Fit Mom Journey)
If you are looking for a healthier take on ribs, you'll have to try this keto version instead. In place of sugar, you'll see granulated Lakanto sweetener used instead.
Sticky ribs
This recipe is packed with spices, herbs and extra brown sugar to create a delicious sticky sauce. The addition of freshly minced garlic adds more robust flavor and earthiness to the ribs. The combination leaves you with a recipe that's hard not to cook over and over again.
Easy slow cooker ribs
To keep things simple, it comes down to 2 steps. First, you need to arrange the ribs in the slow cooker. Then, you just need to top it off with your favorite BBQ sauce. These sauces can either be store-bought or homemade. There's more customization if you choose a homemade version. For instance, you can make a spicy peach BBQ sauce or a cajun-style BBQ sauce.
Five-ingredient ribs
Just a few minutes of hands-on effort with this simple recipe produces tender smoky ribs. The secret is barbecue and hoisin sauce mixed together to provide the perfect balance of sweet and savory. You don’t even need salt and pepper.
Honey garlic ribs
Barbecue is all about balancing sweet and salty. In this dish, soy sauce, black pepper and garlic add a pungent savor while honey, ginger and allspice provide sweetness. Allspice may seem an odd choice for barbecue, but it’s subtle, adding depth instead of a strong flavor.
BBQ ribs with corn on the cob
Garlic and Dijon mustard add acidic tang to the dry spice mix in this recipe. Corn on the cob is cooked in the slow cooker with all the juices and drippings from the ribs. The corn soaks up all of that goodness; smother it in butter, and now you're really talking about a finger-licking-good slow cooker meal.
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