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My Famous Slow-Cooker Ribs

I never thought I liked ribs until I found this recipe. In fact, Derek says these are the best ribs he’s ever had! I took a few different ribs recipes and combined them into this delicious offering. The best part is that they cook in the slower cooker all day, so they’re ready when you get home from work! :-)

As a stay-at-home wife, this is my favorite way of cooking. I can throw something together in the morning, work on errands & freelance writing all day, and have a meal ready when Derek gets home!

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Trust the recipe, not the picture above. ;) I’m not a good food photographer! Oh, and did I mention this meal serves 2 and comes out to about 600 calories a person? Not too shabby!

Here are two recommendations to get you started:

slow cooker

Derek uses the Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget 6-Quart Programmable Cooker. It’s AMAZING. Allows you to program cooking times, even based on food temperature, and has a removable liner for easy cleaning.

To get this recipe right, you must also buy Garland Jack’s Secret Six Original Recipe BBQ sauce. This is key to the recipe and the taste just won’t be right without this brand:


If you can’t find it, you can buy it on Amazon here. And yes, there is a package of “Tums” in the back of this photo, haha. You won’t need it for these ribs! :D Without further adieu:

Slow-Cooker Ribs


  • 3 pounds of beef short ribs
  • Minced garlic (or minced roasted garlic)
  • Salt & pepper
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Liquid smoke
  • Soy Sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • BBQ sauce (I recommend Garland Jack’s Original Recipe)
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Red pepper flakes


Put the ribs in the slow cooker. Cover with minced garlic or minced roasted garlic (however much you want to use), pepper, salt, and red pepper flakes, all to taste.
In a separate bowl, mix 1/2 cup water, about 1/2 cup red wine vinegar, a bunch of Worcestershire sauce, about a tablespoon or so of soy sauce, a tablespoon or so of liquid smoke, and 2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard. Mix together and pour over the ribs in the slow cooker.
Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.
Preheat oven to 375. When slow cooker’s done, transfer ribs to a baking sheet. Cut off the fat to save calories. Coat ribs on all sides with BBQ sauce. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes (until sauce caramelizes and sticks to the ribs.) :)
Eat delicious ribs! :)
Edited to Add:
I’ve been asked where to get Liquid Smoke. You can get it at the grocery store, where other stuff like Worcestershire is sold. I use Colgin’s brand Natural Mesquite flavor in the recipe. If you can’t find it, here’s a link to get it on Amazon or a larger size (or even a two-flavor pack). :D
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