BBQ Country Spare Ribs; The Big Game continued!

Another one of my all-time favorites for Super Bowl Sunday, is this BBQ Rib recipe. You may use one method or all methods of cooking suggested in this recipe.

If you’re a grill master (and don’t mind grillin’ in January) then start and finish them on the grill, slow and low.  That’s sloooooooow and loooooooow! If you want to “set it and forget it” then throw them in the crockpot! Yes, the crockpot, the slow-cooker.  I’m not a chef, I’m a passionate cook but also a busy mom who is very realistic when it comes to time management especially when party planning.  The slow-cooker just works when it comes to time.  It’s also fool proof because they always come out very tender. Another bonus is that you can even toss them in before bed so they’re done by morning.  Toss them in the fridge and reheat prior to serving.

In this recipe I suggest that you sear the ribs first, then place them in a slow-cooker and finish them under the broiler.  That’s how I make them and they come out absolutely delicious.  However, if it sounds too fussy then it’s ok to cut out a step or two.

These ribs are always a huge hit for any get-together! If you have a party planned this Sunday and are still looking for the ultimate winning dish, this is the one!

Enjoy!

Kim xo

BBQ Country Ribs

2-3 lbs Country spare ribs bone-in
6 cloves fresh garlic
water – enough to cover meat

BBQ Sauce:
2 cups ketchup
1/2 cup honey
2 tbsp dijon mustard
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 lemon -Juiced
1 tbsp paprika
1/2 tbsp garlic powder
1/2 tbsp onion powder
dash cayenne pepper
salt & pepper to taste

Rub:
palmfuls of:
paprika
garlic powder
onion powder
mustard powder
salt & pepper

Mix rub ingredients in a large bowl. Pat ribs with dry rub then fire up the grill! On med-high heat, sear both sides of ribs then take them inside. (optional: you may use a grill pan to get a nice sear on each side).

In a slow-cooker, place garlic, add ribs and water to cover. Cook on Low for about 7-8 hours or High for 3-4 hours. With bone-in ribs, be careful not to overcook or the bone itself will fall apart.

Sauce: In a saucepan add all ingredients for sauce and simmer for about 20 minutes.

Cover ribs on both sides with sauce. Arrange ribs on a cookie sheet lined with foil and place under the broiler until bubbly, about 3-4 minutes.

Serves 4.

Fit & Fabulous Tip:  Prepare ribs as suggested along with rub.  For sauce: combine 1/2 cup dijon mustard and 1/4 cup honey for a delicious Honey Mustard guilt-free option!

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