Friday, November 15, 2013

Slow Cooker Sticky Ribs

It's Day 5 of Slow Cooker Week, and although it's the last day of Slow Cooker Week, it's not the last time I will use my slow cooker!

I've realized over the past week that you can actually create a great meal using a slow cooker.

The important tips I've learned are, don't add to much liquid to the slow cooker and sometimes low and slow is the best method to have tender meat. 

My Slow Cooker Sticky Ribs are the perfect way to end the week! I marinated the ribs overnight in the refrigerator using a spicy dry rub. 

The next morning, I just placed them in the slow cooker, covered with barbeque sauce and cooked them on low for 6 hours.

This is what happened to the could slather them in barbeque sauce and eat...but I have other plans.

I basted these ribs with the remaining barbeque sauce and placed these babies under the broiler which gave them a nice, crusty, and sticky rib texture that I love.

It's time to eat people...and bring on the napkins...oh...and Big Goo...the barbeque man, actually approved these ribs!

However, not enough to allow me the honor of using his barbeque sauce recipe...but he did state that these ribs passed the test for not being prepared on a charcoal grill or smoker...thank you Big Goo...I!

Slow Cooker Sticky Ribs

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
Total Time: 6 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 4


1 slab of ribs
1 tablespoon dry mustard powder
1 tablespoon creole seasoning
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

For the Sauce:

2 cups ketchup
1 cup water
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
8 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 tablespoon black pepper
1/2 tablespoon dry mustard
2 teaspoon creole seasonings or seasoning salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon molasses
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
pinch of cayenne pepper


To prepare barbeque sauce, mix all ingredients well in a medium pot, bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool, refrigerate until ready to use.

Rinse ribs and pat dry, flip ribs over and remove membrane that is on the back side of the ribs, it's the white thin film on the ribs, use a butter knife to get under the skin, then pull the membrane off, discard.

Mix seasoning blend together, coat ribs with olive oil on both sides and rub in seasoning blend on both side. Place ribs in the refrigerator covered and marinate overnight.

Remove ribs from the refrigerator, cover with half the barbeque sauce, cook in the slow cooker on low for 6 hours.

Preheat oven to broil.

Place ribs on an oven proof pan, discard slow cooker juices, baste with remaining barbeque sauce and broil for about 7-10 minutes until a nice crust forms on top of the ribs. Slice ribs and serve.


  1. These look fantastic!!!! Pinned for future my crockpot. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I know this sounds dumb, but those are pork ribs, right? I want some just like yours, so I need to be sure!

    1. Not dumb at all...yes they're pork ribs..I should have stated that in the's just that we never cook beef ribs, but I know some people love beef ribs...thank you

  3. Going to marinate today and cook tomorrow! Cannot wait to try! Thank you!

  4. This is a get recipe for a BBQ sauce! We use Country Style Pork Ribs. These are already cut, no membrane to remove and take less time to prepare. I brown the ribs and pressure cook them and they come out very tender. This type of pork rib also has more meat on it. After they are pressure cooked, the smaller bones just fall right off. I remove those and all that is left is a lot of meat. Thanks for sharing, the sauce looks great! : )

  5. i saw ur ribs on facebook it was sent to me and i just have to say i am glad big goo and baby girl say it's alright for u to share...thank u

  6. I bought the wrong kind of rib...I got Country styled Pork Ribs but there are no ribs or bones....just pork. I was soooo looking forward to tearing a rib up but oh time.

    1. You can still use those ribs, the recipe will still work.

  7. Yeah, I still rubbed the rub on them and they are marinating overnight. I will cook them Saturday in the crock.

  8. I have a 6qt crock. Will a slab of pork ribs with bones fit with no problem if I cut them?

    1. Yes. that's can cut them into 2-3 pieces, just rotate them during cooking time.


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I must confess I love great food. I decided to create The Creole Contessa blog after cooking and eating a great meal with my family Big Goo the hubby of almost twenty years and my lil’ Contessa Summer aka “Baby Girl." I told Big Goo and Baby Girl, it is just not fair to not share these great recipes with the world; and the Creole Contessa blog was born.

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