Slow cookers can be your best friend, especially if you don’t own a grill as it will allow you to cook some meat of great BBQ quality. The secret to flavorful slow cooker meat resides in the preparation work that is often required, which usually include searing the meat on all sides or pre-cooking it in an oven at high temperature. This assists in forming a flavorful crust or bark on the outside of your meat, resulting in tons of favors and awesome textures. These two ribs recipes are guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser:

Super easy slow cooker barbecue ribs
Begin by preheating your oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Season 4 pounds of pork baby back ribs with salt and pepper to taste. Please the meat in a shallow baking pan and brown in the oven for 30 minutes, flipping them after 15 minutes. Drain the fat off the pan. In a medium bowl mix 2 cups of ketchup, 1 cup of chili sauce, ½ cup of packed brown sugar, 4 tablespoons of vinegar, 2 teaspoons of oregano, 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce, 1 dash of your favorite hot sauce (or more if you want more heat) and more salt and pepper. Place the ribs in a slow cooker and pour the sauce over, ensuring a good coating on all sides. Cover and cook on lowest setting for 6 to 8 hours, or until they have reached your desired tenderness.

Ultimate amber ale slow cooked ribs
Begin by preheating your oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Season 1 full rack of pork ribs with salt and pepper and brown in the over for 30 minutes, turning once after 15 minutes. Drain the fat from the pan after the time is over. In a medium bowl, mix 1 cup of ketchup, 2 cups of your favorite BBQ sauce (see my other articles for recipes), ½ cup of packed brown sugar, 4 tablespoons of oregano, 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon of chili flakes and some more salt and pepper (to taste). Place the ribs in the slow cooker and pour the sauce mixture on top, turn to coat. Pour ¼ of a bottle of an amber beer of your choice (or any ‘red’ beer also works) over the ribs, cover and cook on the lowest setting for 6 to 8 hours (the longer the more tender the ribs will be). For added sweetness, sprinkle some brown sugar over the ribs right before they are ready.

There you go, two great bbq ribs recipe that are packed with BBQ flavors but don’t require any grilling.

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Sophie G. Hart