How To Make Really Good Crockpot Baby Back Ribs?


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Are you a fan of fall-off-the-bone tender and flavor-packed ribs? If yes, then you’ve come to the right place. This blog will share the secrets of creating delicious slow-cooked baby back ribs that will leave your taste buds begging for more. They come from the part of the ribs connected to the spine right beneath the loin muscles. Since they’re shorter than spare ribs, they are called baby back ribs. While spare ribs tend to be juicier and fattier, baby back ribs have leaner meat. They taste better and tender too.

Many people are really into pork ribs, but not everyone knows how to prepare them at home. You’ll learn a simple recipe for making quality baby back ribs right in the comfort of your kitchen here!

Baby back ribs: Benefits

Whether you’re a fan of spare, baby back, country-style, or St. Louise-style, pork ribs are America’s favorite. Mineral-rich pork ribs are filled with iron and zinc, two nutrients necessary for your well-being. Also, you can get different types of Vitamin B from well-prepared baby back ribs, such as B-6 and B-12, two vitamins you need to protect your cardiovascular health. Eating baby back ribs can improve your energy levels, bolster your physical well-being, and – most importantly – satisfy your meat cravings.

Baby back ribs: Ingredients

Selecting the right ingredients in perfect proportions will help you do your culinary magic in the kitchen and create a sizzling delight. Making slow-cooked crockpot baby back ribs isn’t difficult when you know the ingredients. So, here would be the main ingredients required for homemade ribs in your humble kitchen now:

·       1 or 2 rack/s of baby back ribs

·       1 tablespoon garlic powder

·       1 tablespoon onion powder

·       1 teaspoon black pepper

·       1 cup of barbecue sauce

·       2 tablespoons paprika

·       ¼ cup of brown sugar

·       1 teaspoon salt

·       Cooking spray

·       Oil

Moreover, a crockpot isn’t the only kitchen appliance you can use to prepare delicious baby back ribs. Lots of cooks prefer to make pork ribs in ovens. However, you should choose a suitable tool.

Baby back ribs: Instructions

With only 3.5% of restaurants offering pork ribs on their menu, it’ll be amazing if you could just make these delicacies in your kitchen. Just remember that slow-cooking baby back ribs may be difficult for some. Amateur cooks often overcook pork ribs and ruin the flavor. So, you should follow the below-mentioned recipe to the core. Here’s the recipe to come up with well-cooked pork ribs in 4 to hours:


  Start your preparations

Start by removing that thin, silver membrane from the back of pork ribs. You can lift an edge right in the middle and rip it all off with a single jerking motion. But some cooks prefer to lift the edge with a knife, grip it with a paper towel, and get it off in one piece. Peeling off this membrane will make these ribs more tender and juicier. Now, take a small bowl and mix all the rub ingredients mentioned above. It’s your rub mixture that creates the crust and boosts the flavor without adding moisture.

·       Apply the rub ingredients

This rub mixture can tenderize baby back ribs very easily. But you have to pat the ribs dry with a towel before rubbing the rub mixture on them. Make sure the ribs don’t have any moisture on so the mixture can form a decent layer. Rub the rub ingredients evenly on both sides of the ribs. Ensure they are evenly coated to give your rubs a dazzling texture and even more exciting flavor when cooked.

Besides the ones mentioned above, you may choose other rub ingredients as per your choice too.

·       Get your crockpot up ‘n ready

Clean your crockpot thoroughly before slow-cooking the rubbed pork ribs. You should grease it lightly with oil to prevent ribs from sticking to its bottom. Pour some barbecue sauce into the crockpot. Remember that slow cooking will take 6 to 8 hours, but you may cook ribs on high heat for 3 to 4 hours. Slow cooking, however, gives you a more tender rack of baby back ribs.

·       Start slow-cooking baby back ribs

Add the rack of ribs into the slow cooker and make sure you’ve dropped them vertically, i.e., the meaty side of the ribs should face the insides of the crockpot for effective tenderizing. Pour the sauce on top of the ribs. Now, cover the crockpot, and the slow-cooking process will begin. If you wish to add some liquid smoke, do it before placing the lid on the slow cooker.

·       Baby back ribs preparation: The finale

After you’ve done with the slow-cooking process, put these ribs out of the cooker and place them on a baking sheet or grill. Brush them with more barbecue sauce and grill for 3 to 5 minutes per side. You should wait until the ribs develop a caramelized crust.

Baby back ribs: How to serve?

After preparing baby back ribs, let them rest for a few minutes before serving them. Allow them to cool down and then cut them into individual portions. Moreover, make sure these ribs reach an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C) for safe consumption. Then you may serve them with some barbecue sauce on the side or other gastronomic accompaniments of your choosing. If you let us be honest, these sides go the best with well-cooked, delicious, and fall-off-the-bone ribs:

·       Coleslaw

·       Cornbread

·       Green salad

·       Baked beans

·       Bakes potatoes

·       Sweet potatoes

·       Jalapeno cheese corn

·       Hawaiian macaroni salad

·       Garlic red skin mashed potatoes

·       Black-eyed peas with collard greens


Cooking tender, finger-licking-good pork ribs become child’s play when following the recipe outlined in this blog. Prepare succulent ribs full of smoky, tangy, and mouthwatering goodness in your kitchen. You just need to know what ingredients to use and which steps to take when slow-cooking crockpot baby back ribs at home. You’ll soon have your family and friends begging for more. So, enjoy these lip-smacking ribs with your favorite sides and savor the delicious flavors!

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