Barbecue Pork Ribs

Sunday June 29, 2014

photo courtesy of stefanribs

My sister Meg has two young boys and they love ribs, along with their other favorite meal, quesadillas and steamed broccoli.  Meg cleverly cuts the prepared barbecue sauce with a bit of ketchup to appeal to the younger palate by cutting the strength of the barbecue sauce. You don’t need to be young to nosh these ribs.


  • Cooker: Large Round or Oval
  • Machine Setting and Cook Time: Low Heat: 8 to 9 hours
  • Serves 4 to 6


  • 4 pounds pork loin back ribs, baby back ribs, or country-style pork spareribs, cut into serving pieces of 3 to 4 ribs
  • 2 cups commercial BBQ Sauce or homemade barbecue sauce of choice
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons light or dark brown sugar


Arrange the rib portions in the cooker.  Combine the barbecue sauce, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar and mix until smooth; spoon over the ribs. If you have a round cooker, stack the ribs with sauce in between. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 to 9 hours, until tender and meat starts to separate from the bone.  If there is extra sauce on the bottom of the cooker, place in a bowl and serve on the side.  Serve immediately.

BBQ pork ribs cut into individual portions

Excerpted from Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Cookbook, by Beth Hensperger. and Julie Kaufmann (c) 2005, used by permission from the Harvard Common Press.

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