After three hours, I pulled everything out, set the ribs aside and drained the cooking liquid. Then I put them back in (minus the onions) and dumped about a cup of BBQ sauce over the ribs. You can use a premade BBQ sauce or make your own. I just started experimenting after reading the label of one of our favorites and so far our family seems to like it. The recipe for our sauce is at the bottom of the post. I leave the meat to baste in the slow cooker on high (this time) for about another hour. I feel like this just helps get the flavor of the sauce in the meat, not just coating it.
Put meat in.
Low for three hours.
Dump in BBQ sauce.
High for one hour.
(Had to recap)
I preheat the broiler (or oven to 500 degrees) and pull the meat out, put it on a foil covered baking tray. I baste the meat with sauce and stick in the broiler (or oven) for 5 minutes, just long enough to get some color on the meat and a crust.
I do the “in for 5 minutes, out and baste” a couple times and then pull them out for good. Before I cut them up, I let them rest for about 10 minutes, give the juices a chance to absorb into the meat.
We like them. The meat is usually pretty tender, easy enough for my six year old with one front tooth to bite off the bone. It’s becoming a favorite and much easier than doing it all in the oven. You could even do the last part of basting on the grill. I am all about good, low maintenance food that my family will eat.
Homemade BBQ sauce –
I like my sauce to be thicker, have more molasses and sweet. It doesn’t have any of the tangy-ness of vinegar, like you would put on pulled pork with coleslaw. BBQ sauce is like coffee, everyone likes it their own way. If you don’t like this recipe, it’s okay (I’m not offended), you don’t have to. It works for us. Play around with the flavors and make it your own.
This makes about 2 cups.
Which is around the amount you end up using for this recipe, plus a little extra to dip meat in at the end.
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. chili powder
Salt and pepper to taste
Whisk these together and taste it. If you want it sweeter, add more brown sugar or you can add honey. If you want it spicier, add more chili powder or pepper. If you want it tangy, add apple cider vinegar.
BBQ sauce is one of those things you can’t screw up. It might take you a little while (and you might end up with more than you need) but it’s not as hard as it seems. Give it a try!