What's For Dinner: Slow Cooker Barbecue Pork Ribs

These no-muss, no-fuss Slow Cooker Barbecue Pork Ribs are full of flavor and get a delicious just-grilled-like flavor with a short stay under the broiler before serving.


Slow Cooker Barbecue Pork Ribs || A Less Processed Life

When I was growing up, I never imagined that I would find myself someday living on a farm and raising a whole bunch of chickens and hogs.

Slow Cooker Barbecue Pork Ribs || A Less Processed Life

But here I am, a regular ol' pig farmer. And truth be told, as much as it messes with my summer vacation (or lack thereof) I kind of love it. We are about as small-scale as you can get, as we raise just four pigs a year (up from three last year), but we like to keep things small and manageable. Our hogs are Tamworths, a heritage breed, and are meant to live outdoors, forage, and do all the things pigs naturally like to do. (Like wallow in big ol' mud puddles when they get the chance.) We supplement their diet with organic feed purchased from a Wisconsin feed supply company. To paraphrase the famous agrarian Joel Salatin, our pigs "live a very good life, and then have one bad day."

Slow Cooker Barbecue Pork Ribs || A Less Processed Life

We sell our pork as half-shares and keep one share for ourselves. We're almost through our half-share from last year, and this past week we enjoyed pork ribs for dinner. I made them in the slow cooker and then finished them under the broiler to get a bit of a caramelized grilled flavor in them. Long story short, they were delicious. And they made me appreciate all the hard work that goes into raising our pigs and giving them a good life on our farm.

Slow Cooker Barbecue Pork Ribs (printer-friendly version)
makes 4 servings

4 half-racks of pork spareribs
1 tablespoon all-purpose spice rub
fine sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
2 cups Maple-Bourbon Barbecue Sauce (or a bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce)

1. Remove the ribs from their packaging and blot dry with a paper towel. Sprinkle each rack with the spice rub and massage in. Season both sides with salt and pepper.
2. Generously brush barbecue sauce onto the ribs and set into the slow cooker. Make sure to evenly coat both sides of each rack of ribs.
3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Once they are cooked through and tender, carefully remove from the slow cooker and lay in a single layer on a baking sheet line with aluminum foil. Brush more barbecue sauce onto the top of each rack of ribs.
4. Set the oven to broil and broil the ribs under the broiler until the sauce begins to bubble and caramelize. Serve immediately.


Slow Cooker Barbecue Pork Ribs || A Less Processed Life

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