Slow cooking is the busy cook/mother/student/wife's dream. OK, so, maybe your memories of slow cooker meals include Momma's Pot Roast and Beef Stew, not exactly gourmet (but don't knock them!) New generations are waking up to the versatility of slow cooking. From soups and stews to casseroles to cakes, almost any recipe can be adapted for use in a slow cooker.
Country style ribs are an ideal slow-cooked meal. The fat and gristle content is best cooked slow and long at lower temperatures. The slowed down process renders the fat and allows the molecules that make up the tough stuff to unwind slowly and become soft as butter.
You can throw any sauce in you want. The ribs become fork tender and fall apart… some country style ribs contain bones, in this case the meat will fall right off. They can be eaten alone or on buns. We like ours on fluffy biscuits, topped with a little more barbecue sauce (our Chili-Sweet Sauce is our favorite)
Slow Cooker Country Style Ribs
- 1 1-2 lb package Country Style Ribs
- your favorite barbecue sauce
- 1 onion, sliced
Place ribs in bottom of slow cooker. Pour sauce over ribs, enough to coat (I usually use at least a cup). Top with sliced onions. Cook according to manufacturer’s directions, usually on low for 8-10 hours, or high for 4-6 hours.
At end of cooking time, ladle out the meat and pull apart with fork for sandwiches. Top with barbecue sauce. If eating alone, ladle out gravy and use to serve.