Texas is all about ribs.
Lip smackin, finger lickin, tender ribs.
Ribs take FOREVER to cook on the grill.
As a mom to 3 kids who are involved in sports, I do not have that kind of time.
My knight in shining armor?
My beautiful crockpot.
I have a secret love affair with her, her sister and two little kiddos. That is right, I have four crockpots. Don’t judge. On crazy nights where M and C both have a game and practice sometimes I have baked potatoes in one and the main course in another. It saves my behind big time during ball season.
Anyways, back to these lip smackin good ribs.
I really have no words to describe them other than the ones used above. They are super moist and so delicious. This is my absolute favorite rib recipe. My hubby and M also devour these bad boys! I think they would be PEREFECT for a get together as well. Just make sure you have plenty of napkins on hand!
Ginger Garlic Honey Ribs~ Crockpot Style
2 1/2 to 3 lbs ribs, any kind you like. We prefer baby back but whatever is on sale at your local grocery store will work
1 tbsp dark brown sugar~ Light brown sugar works here too because I don’t know about you but I only have dark on hand at Christmas time for gingerbread cookies
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp each S&P
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup honey~ local honey is the best
3/4 cup water
5 cloves garlic, minced~ I love garlic!
1 tbsp grated fresh ginger- The fresh is much better than ground but if you just have ground use a 1tsp
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tbsp ketchup
Combine rib ingredients in small bowl and rub on both sides of the ribs, focusing on the meaty side. Place the ribs on end around the outside of the slow cooker, meaty side out and wider edge down.
To make the sauce, mix all ingredients in a small saucepan and heat over medium high until boiling. Pour over ribs, cover and cook on low for 6 hours.
After 6 hours, remove ribs (meaty side down) and place them on a broiler pan and tent with foil. Strain the juices left in the slow cooker into a small saucepan. Let the sauce sit for about 5 minutes and then skim off as much fat as you can. Bring the remaining liquid to a boil and reduce over medium heat until about halved in volume (10-15 minutes).
Brush ribs with sauce and place 10 inches below boiler and broil on high for 3 minutes. Remove from oven, carefully flip(CAREFULLY, they will fall OFF the BONE if not careful), and brush meaty side liberally with sauce. Put under broiler for 9 minutes, removing every 2 or 3 minutes to baste with more sauce. Serve any remaining sauce on the side.
This goes great with mashed potatoes and grilled veggies. Just make sure you have napkins or maybe just line up your family and hose ‘em down after this meal.