The Free Motion Quilting Project: Crockpot Babyback Ribs

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Crockpot Babyback Ribs

This is Josh for our Thursday's recipe.

Leah wasn't able to make her "What's Leah Working on" Wednesday post yesterday because she's neck deep in a series of flower bouquet miniature quilts. They are looking great so far and the plan is to make them available in patterns, which will hopefully be coming very soon.

free motion quilting | Leah DayFor today's recipe we're going to make some delicious and incredibly tender babyback ribs. Once again, we'll be using the crockpot, which means this recipe is ideal to start before you go to work. It's so easy to throw together you'll be amazed at the end product--honestly it was better than the $12.95 rib platter Leah and I love at a Charlotte restaurant.

Crockpot Baby back Ribs

4-6 pounds pork baby back ribs, one rack
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1 Tbs paprika
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground coriander seed
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
3/4 tsp black or mixed peppercorns, freshly ground
3/4 tsp ground oregano
1/4 tsp regular white sugar
Bottle of favorite barbecue sauce, or South Carolina style sauce *

Mix all dry seasonings in a bowl. You may have to pound the brown sugar to be sure it's not clumped and incorporates into the seasoning.

Rub seasoning all over ribs, ensuring every surface is covered. Be sure to coat the underside as well.

Place rack of ribs on edge in crockpot, meat-side out. I curved the ribs into a circle, the ends touching. You want the ribs to stand upright.

Liquid is not necessary as the slow heat steams the ribs and as it cooks moisture is given off and collects on the bottom.

Cook on low all day (minimal 7 hours) or high for 5 hours. Low and slow is the game here. Once you turn on the heat be sure not to open the lid. Just let it cook all day.

Serve with your favorite barbecue sauce or try this mustard-based sauce:

* South Carolina Style Barbecue Sauce

4 cups yellow mustard (2 20-oz squeeze bottles of regular mustard)
8 oz beer, any kind
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
8 Tbs brown sugar
1/2 cup tomato puree
2 tsp Worchestershire sauce
1 Tbs cayenne pepper
1 Tbs ground black pepper
2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp liquid smoke
Dash hot sauce, optional

Heat all ingredients in saucepan over medium heat and mix well. Cook until sauce just begins to thicken. Serve warm or cold.
This unique BBQ sauce has an awesome orange/rusty yellow color. Adjust the cayenne for desired heat--this finishes pretty hot.

- Josh


  1. I am for sure making this one, Josh! And Carolina BBQ sauce is hands down the best! Thanks!

  2. mmmmm...mmmmmm !! I just bought some ribs at Costco and wondered what I should do with them!!

  3. Thank you, Josh - my mouth is watering and we will be trying this tomorrow!!

  4. Oh My Goodness! I just might have to try this! Sounds too delicious, and easy too! Thanks for sharing!


  5. I tried this, it was wonderful. Didn't do the sauce used bottle sauce that we liked, but the ribs itself turned out husband loved them and he's picky!

  6. I can't speak highly enough about this recipe. The meat gets so tender that it literally falls off the bone. So consider this the most flavorful pulled pork you have ever tried (the bones add soooo much flavor!). The sauce is great, don't worry about how it tastes straight off a spoon, the pork sends it to another level entirely. Everyone who has tried is has raved!

  7. Hey Joey - Save the bones and throw them in a pot with water, root veggies, and herbs and simmer it all day. It makes the absolute best pork stock you've ever tasted and is a wonderful base to any bean recipe!



  8. I've never been good at ribs, not on the grill or in the oven but I can rock a crock pot meal so I knew these were for me...and I was right! I am making them for the second time in less then a week because they were such an enormous hit, YUMMO! Thanks for sharing!!!

  9. I promise I am not an idiot, but when you say meat side out--does that mean the meat should be touching the crock pot?? Or does that mean the meat should be on the innter part of the circle? Super excited to make these---first time I am making ribs!!

  10. Made these tonight and they were truly delicious! Had never made crockpot ribs before and wanted to try so thank you for the inspiration :)


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