This is my favorite ribs recipe, they are melt-in-your-mouth tender and amazingly flavorful! Everyone will love that homemade sauce and you'll love how easy these are to make. When you are short on time a store-bought bbq sauce will work here as well.
Ready in: 7hours20minutes
3 - 3 1/2 lbspork baby back ribs
1tsp ancho chili powder
1 tsp salt
1tspfreshly ground black pepper
Barbecue sauce (or use 1 cup store-bought)
1 1/2cupsketchup, such as Heinz Natural(or one without high fructose corn syrup)
1/4cupapple cider vinegar
2 1/2Tbsp molasses
2Tbspbrown sugar (dark or light)
2Tbspsteak sauce, such as A1
1 1/2Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 TbspPrepared yellow mustard
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1tspNatural liquid hickory smoke flavor (found in BBQ sauce section)
1tspunsweetened cocoa powder
1/8tspChipotle chili powder or cayenne pepper(then more to taste)*
Remove then membrane layer from back of the ribs, then if the ribs are too wide to fit sideways along insert of slow cooker then cut ribs in half.
Rinse and dab dry then sprinkle and rub both sides of each portion with spice mixture.
Pour 1/2 cup water into a 6-quart slow cooker. Place ribs over water (one layered over the other if you had to cut in half, otherwise curl around inside of slow cooker insert).
Cover and cook on low heat 6 1/2 - 7 hours or until very tender.
Place a wire rack over a rimmed baking sheet lined with aluminium foil.
Carefully transfer ribs with curved side up to wire rack on baking sheet (I recommend using two pair of tongs or tongs and a turner to lift them, they are super tender).
Brush with about 1/2 cup bbq sauce (total). Move oven rack 2 levels below broiler and heat broiler.
Broil ribs until bbq sauce starts to set and caramelize, about 2 - 3 minutes (keep a close eye on them).
Remove from oven, carefully turn ribs brush with another 1/2 cup sauce and return to oven and broil about 2 - 3 minutes. Serve warm.
For the bbq sauce:
In a large saucepan combine all bbq sauce ingredients along 1/2 cup water and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Bring to a light boil then reduce heat to low and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let cool (not that you'll have about 1 cup extra sauce for another use).
Add more or less chipotle chili powder to the barbecue sauce to suit your tastes. It's spicy stuff, so use your best judgment.