Crock Pot Spare Rib Recipe

Twice in the last couple weeks I have come home to the most fantastic aroma in our kitchen. It’s a Crock Pot spare ribs recipe and you are going to love it. I buy spare ribs on sale at our local meat counter. I pulled two racks from the freezer the other day with the intention of getting them ready for supper the next night. I ran out of time. Nathan, my husband, called me at noon the next day, asking if he could help with the ribs. He is the man who will smoke and grill ribs for hours. When he sees ribs ready to be prepared and in turn giving him an opportunity to eat them, he is very willing to help. He told me all he did was “Google” to find this recipe but he found a winner.

I have eaten a lot of ribs in my lifetime and these are my favorite we have ever made.

This is a Rachael Ray Show recipe, Kara’s Slow Cooker Spare Ribs. You need:

  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 cup chili sauce
  • 1-inch knob ginger, peeled
  • 2 racks spareribs, cut in half as needed to fit in crock pot
  • 1 cup your favorite barbecue sauce, for basting and dipping

Put the ribs in the bottom of the Crock-Pot.
Combine and stir all ingredients other than barbeque sauce in a small bowl. If you don’t have a “knob of ginger” which we do not have fresh ginger readily available on the prairie, replace with a little powdered ginger. Pour the sauce over the ribs.

Nathan chopped one large onion and also placed over the spare ribs and sauce. Then cover, turn to low and leave for 6 hours. If you want to finish on the grill for a crispy and grilled rib, you can and just baste the ribs with the 1 cup barbecue sauce ahead of grilling. However we have not done that with these ribs. We used the sauce in the slow cooker for sauce and not the additional 1 cup barbecue sauce for dipping.

Serve with roasted potatoes, a leafy greens salad and a cold glass of milk and this is the best homemade ribs family meal you will have had…ever or at least in a long while. Nathan has been our rib cooking hero on these nights.

The slow cooker is empty and there are certainly more meals to come. I am always looking for more recipes via the Crock-Pot that fit our lifestyle and living. Tonight we are having beef roast and butternut squash in our slow cooker (generic Crock-Pot).

What’s your favorite Crock-Pot recipe?

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  1. I love crockpot cooking.
    Do you trim fat off the ribs before you put them in the crockpot?

    I’d love to get your hubby’s recipe for grilling ribs, too. 🙂

    Sadly, I don’t have a favorite recipe yet, as they never seem to turn out really fantastic more than once or twice.
    Just makes me want to keep trying. 😉

    Thanks so much for this recipe! I bookmarked it. 🙂

  2. This sounds great! I always love short ribs and I will try this soon. Thanks Katie!

  3. I love ribs! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Yes! I will be making these this weekend. My son loves ribs and this sauce sounds wonderful to me.

  5. I love cooking with my crockpot – it really is so wonderful to throw something in it and come home hours later to a wonderful home-cooked meal! Here is a link to a website that is all about crockpotting! The blogger used her crockpot everyday for a full year and posted her recipes – both successes and failures! She has a nice writing style and I think you may enjoy the site. I’m not trying to promote her site so much as that I use it and love it and want to share this little gem with everyone! Enjoy! :o)

  6. I just laid out spare ribs I dug out of the deep freezer and am looking forward to making this recipe tomorrow. I will let you know how it turns out. Thanks for the idea!

  7. Anonymous says:

    I have this recipe in the slowcooker as we speak 🙂 Smells delish, can’t wait for them to be ready… Yum!!


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