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How To Make the Best BBQ Baby Back Ribs in the Slow Cooker - Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

How To Make the Best BBQ Baby Back Ribs in the Slow Cooker - Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
From The Kitchn - September 7, 2017

You could easily take a rack of ribs, drown them with a bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce, set the slow cooker to low, and come back to tender, juicy slow-cooked ribs in five to six hours, but those ribs would not hold a candle to the ribs that come off thesmoker or a grill.

I make smoked or grilled barbecue ribs only once a year because they take almost a full 24 hours to prepare. But following a hunch that I could take some key steps from BBQ ribs and use them for ribs destined for the slow cooker, I found that these slow cooker ribs taste just as good in their own right as barbecued, and that I'd actually make them more than once a year and now you can too.

What's the Deal with Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs?

Traditional barbecued ribs are made by slowly smoking ribssometimes other cuts but primarily baby back ribsover a low-temperature fire until this once-tough cut of meat is tender and juicy. In many ways, their traditional cooking method is what makes ribs so well-suited for the slow cooker. Now you can absolutely put plain ribs into the slow cooker with your favorite barbecue sauce and cook them on low until tender, but you will miss out on a deep flavor that proper preparation, a homemade sauce, and a quick broil will bring out to really make these the best slow cooker ribs.

Why Are These the Best Ribs

The Key Steps for the Best Slow Cooker Ribs

Serving Slow Cooker Ribs

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