Slow cooker barbecue ribs recipes for you

What is a slow cooker?

It is not very difficult to figure out from the name what a slow cooker is. This kind of kitchen appliance is used for cooking a little bit below 100 °C, which is lower than average cooking temperature. This way the food gets done during several hours, and it gives you the opportunity to leave the pot unsupervised, instead of standing in the kitchen until the meal is ready. Isn’t it convenient? You can make several different dishes this way, including stews, soups, and even desserts.


Barbecuing inside the house

In the case you don’t have a grill that you could use for barbecuing outside, you can still enjoy a portion of delicious barbecue ribs; the same applies when there is snow or rain outside, which makes grilling impossible. You can deal with these situations easily with the help of a slow cooker! Here are some great, simple recipes for making barbecue ribs in your kitchen.

  1. Slow cooker barbecue ribs: a basic recipe

For this recipe, you will need about 2 kilograms pork ribs. Spice them with salt and pepper, and toss them into a preheated oven (around 200 °C) for 30 minutes (turn them over at half-time). While they are in the oven, you can prepare the barbecue sauce. Take 2 cups ketchup, half cup brown sugar, 1 cup chili sauce, 2 teaspoons oregano, 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, 4 tablespoons vinegar and some hot sauce, salt, and pepper. Put the ribs in the slow cooker, then pour the sauce on them. Cover the pot, and cook the dish for approximately 6-8 hours. It will be enough for 8 persons.

  1. Slow cooker barbecue ribs with tomato sauce

This one is also a quite basic recipe, but it is for 12 persons (since you will be using 2,5-3 kilogram pork ribs for it), and the sauce is a little bit different from the first one. Moreover, you don’t need to cook the meat in the oven beforehand. For the sauce, mix together the following ingredients: 8-deciliter tomato sauce, 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, 2 and a half ounces brown sugar, 15 ml soy sauce, 15 ml chili powder, 1 teaspoon paprika, 2 teaspoons cumin, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, some salt, and pepper. The rest of the instructions are identical with the one in the first recipe (although you can make one modification: instead of cooking it for 6-8 hours on low temperature, choose a higher temperature and reduce the cooking time to 3-4 hours instead).

tomato Sauce

  1. Slow cooker barbecue ribs with cola and smoke

To make a very special sauce for your ribs, stir together half cup cola, a quarter cup brown sugar, some salt, and pepper, 2 chopped garlic cloves, 3 tablespoons liquid smoke and one chopped onion. Pour it on the meat and cook it for 8-9 hours (get rid of the rest of the sauce at the end). Pour one and a half cup barbecue sauce on the ribs and cook it for another hour. You will get four servings at the end.

Foolproof sauce recipe for barbecue lovers

Creating your own barbecue sauce

Have you ever dreamed about making your own barbecue sauce, instead of buying some expensive and unhealthy one from the supermarket? Well, you should have. It is not difficult to create a delicious sauce in your own kitchen, which is better for your health and your budget. Besides, it doesn’t even take such a long time as you might think, so it is really worth the effort. We have collected some great recipes for homemade barbecue sauce which are easy to create, and they will definitely make you forget those bottled sauces at the store.

  1. Basic barbecue sauce

We should start with the basics. It will take around 15 minutes to get ready with this sauce, which is quite a short time, isn’t it? You will need the following ingredients for the recipe: 2 ounces cider vinegar, 2 ounces Worcestershire sauce, 2 ounces brown sugar, 16 ounces ketchup, 30 ml molasses, 30 ml mustard, 15 ml Tabasco sauce and some black pepper. Stir together all of them in a saucepan until it is boiling, then reduce the temperature and leave the pan on the heat for about 10 more minutes. If you put the sauce to the fridge, you can store it there for months.

basic barbecue

  1. Kansas City-style barbecue sauce

This recipe is slightly more complicated than the previous one and it takes more time to make it, but there is no reason to worry. It won’t take more than one hour from your busy day and you don’t need to be a master chef to prepare it. Take 2 tablespoons butter and melt it in a pan. Put one cup chopped onion in it and cook it for 5 minutes. Add some chopped garlic and cook it for 30 seconds. Now add the rest of the ingredients: 16 ounces ketchup, 2 and a half ounces molasses, 2 and a half ounces brown sugar, 2 and a half ounces apple cider vinegar, 30 ml mustard, 15 ml chili powder plus some black pepper and cayenne pepper (15-30 ml). Mix them well, boil the sauce and cook it on low temperature for about half an hour, while you stir it frequently. After it is completely cool, you can put it in a jar and store it in the fridge for one month (you will have approximately 20 ounces sauce). You can use it for several different dishes, including ribs, chicken or even beans.

  1. Cherry barbecue sauce

We left something special and sweet to the end of the list. If you like stepping away from conventions every once in a while, don’t miss the opportunity to create this fruity sauce. The instructions are identical to the ones for Kansas City-style sauce, but you will need to modify the ingredients a bit. Replace ketchup with tomato sauce, add 12 ounces cherries, 2 and a half ounces orange juice, 10 ml salt, use white pepper instead of black, use 5 ounces brown sugar instead of 2 and a half, and 2 ounces molasses instead of 2 and a half. That is all!

chhery sauce

5 BBQ sauces you must try

Quick barbecue sauce

This insanely easy recipe from Martha Stewart is perfect for those who haven’t cooked anything in their lives except for maybe tea since this recipe doesn’t even require any cooking. All you need to do is mix the ingredients in a suitable bowl without further ado, and it is ready to use. So bland together some ketchup, brown sugar, white wine vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and cayenne pepper with paprika. This whole thing won’t take more than five minutes of your life, so having a busy day is no excuse! 1 Sauce


Coca cola barbecue sauce

Cola is probably a well-known ingredient for several kinds of desserts, but it may be a bit hard to imagine it as a barbecue ingredient. If you had this belief too, it would change soon if you keep reading. Besides, it is very easy to create this specialty, so you don’t have any reason not to try it. First, you need to blend all the ingredients together in a pan. These are the followings: Coca-cola (2 cups), ketchup (2 cups), white vinegar (half cup), a half chopped onion, brown sugar (1/4 cup) and some salt, black pepper and chili powder. Boil this mixture, then cook it on low temperature for about half an hour. Put it aside for 20 minutes before spreading it on the meat. If you put it into a jar, you can store it in your fridge for 9-10 days (you will have approximately 5 and a half cups of sauce at the end).

Chipotle honey barbecue sauce for chicken

Another recipe for the lovers of sweet savor, but this time it is something that fits best with chicken. To start making the sauce, you will need to chop yellow onion and butter. Cook the onion in butter until it is soft, then add some chopped garlic and cook it for another few minutes. Now you can start adding the rest of the ingredients: brown sugar, ketchup, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, orange juice, honey, chopped tomatoes and spices like salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder and chipotle pepper. Cook the sauce for about 60-80 minutes (on low temperature), and when it is done and already cool, pour it into a food processor and make it a light puree. Now you can start preparing the chicken. Spice the meat pieces with salt and pepper, grill them until they are almost done, then distribute the sauce on them, and grill the meat for a few more minutes.

Chipotle Berry Sauce


Memphis barbecue sauce

The cooking method for this recipe is very similar to the previous one, but the additional ingredients are molasses, water, mustard, dried oregano and thyme. Moreover, you won’t need orange juice, honey, tomatoes and chipotle pepper; otherwise, you can follow the instructions above.

Chinese barbecue sauce

We left something extraordinary yet very simple to the end. Boil hoisin sauce, soy sauce, sherry, sugar, garlic, black bean paste and some Chinese five-spice powder with salt in a pan for 10 minutes. Done!

Chipotle Berry bb Sauce