Most people may associate slow cooker/crockpot cooking for the fall and winter months. I happen to like using my slow cooker all year round... especially on hot summer days when you want to avoid using the stove and oven, as well as sweating around a sizzling grill under a blazing sun. This recipe is ridiculously simple - place your favorite cut of ribs (I used country pork ribs), your favorite BBQ sauce, a few cloves of minced garlic and a pinch of dried oregano all in a slow cooker. Let it work it's slow cooking magic and dinner is ready in a few hours with minimal effort.
However if you want to be a little more active in the kitchen, you can make a wonderful BBQ sauce from scratch to use over your ribs. The Neely's BBQ sauce is a perfect balance of sweet, tart and a lot of depth of flavor using common pantry ingredients!
2-3 pounds country pork ribs
2 cups prepared BBQ sauce (recipe follows)
2 cloves minced garlic
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Place the pork, BBQ sauce, garlic and oregano into a crockpot. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-6 hours.
Neely's BBQ Sauce
recipe adapted from The Neelys
2 cups ketchup
1 cup water
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
5 tablespoons light brown sugar
5 tablespoons sugar
1/2 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
1/2 tablespoon onion powder
1/2 tablespoon ground mustard
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to simmer. Cook uncovered, stirring frequently, for 1 hour 15 minutes.