Want to know how to cook pork ribs in the crock pot? Try this easy recipe from Ree Drummond for melt-in-your-mouth results!
Once you've tried ribs that have been cooked in the crock pot, you won't ever want to cook them any other way! By cooking them slowly and gently, you give them an amazing texture that - quite literally - melts in your mouth!
It's also a very easy and convenient cooking method - and all you need to do once the ribs are cooked is finish them off in the oven, slathered in sauce, to create the wonderfully sticky glaze that no good rib will be seen without!
Our secret tip for better ribs!
Although it's not essential, we find that ribs absorb the flavor of the sauce far better if the membrane is removed from the back.
To do this, start at one end of the rack and push a blunt knife underneath the membrane, but over the bone. Start lifting the membrane away from the bones. If you're lucky, it will come off in one piece, although we find that it tends to take a few attempts to remove it all.
Do the ribs HAVE to go in the oven?
If you're reading this after searching for 'pork ribs in crock pot', then you're probably hoping to cook them in the crock pot from start to finish.
But whilst the ribs WILL be cooked after the initial cooking time in the recipe below, you'd probably be quite disappointed if you tried eating them at that point. There wouldn't be any caramelization of the BBQ sauce that makes ribs so yummy, and the sauce would be very, very runny.
So the final steps are essential to getting the ribs to taste and look the way you'd expect.
You don't have to use your oven, though - another option is to finish the ribs on the grill or under the broiler.
To finish ribs on the grill:
Brush the ribs with plenty of sauce and place them directly on the grill grates, or on to aluminium foil , over a high heat. Close the lid and cook for 5 minutes.
To finish ribs under the broiler:
Brush them generously with BBQ sauce and place them under the pre-heated broiler for around 5 minutes.