Everything you need to know about making delicious, melt-in-your-mouth Crock Pot Country Ribs, including tips for making them perfectly tender.
Sitting down to a meal of sticky, fall-off-the-bone ribs may be one of life's greatest pleasures!
Just be sure to have plenty of napkins handy!
What's the difference between spare ribs and baby back ribs?
This recipe called for baby back ribs, but will work well with spare ribs too.!
Spare ribs and baby back ribs are the most commonly sold type of ribs, and they're both delicious!
Baby back ribs are also known as pork loin back ribs, back ribs or loin ribs. Back ribs come from where the rib meets the spine after the loin is removed.
The upper ribs are what are referred to as the 'baby' back ribs - but don't worry, these ribs don’t actually come from baby pigs! They are only referred to as ‘baby’ back because they are significantly shorter than spareribs.
Spareribs are also known as breastbone-off pork spareribs, and come from the belly of the pig, once the belly itself has been removed. You will notice a slab of spareribs tends to be more rectangular than baby back ribs. Spareribs are much more bony than baby back, but have a higher fat content, which makes for much more flavor.
Should ribs be marinated before cooking?
There is much debate over whether ribs should be marinated or not!
The problem with marinating is that some marinades can be quite acidic, which breaks the meat down significantly.
Another common mistake when cooking ribs is not removing the membrane from the back.
Before cooking your ribs, you should flip your rack upside down and remove the membrane carefully by running a knife under it, and using your hands to pull it away. Although the membrane is perfectly edible, it tends to toughen up during the cooking process. For perfectly tender ribs, removing this membrane is key.
While this recipe has a total cooking time of 5 hours 15 minutes, only 30 minutes of that is hands on. This means you can put the ribs on to cook while you get other things done... or perhaps even put your feet up!