Yum Shopping on a strict budget this week so these country style pork ribs at $1.00 per pound caught my eye while perusing around the meat department at the grocery store. I hadn't yet tried ribs with BBQ sauce in the crock pot so I decided to give it a go. The package had six ribs and some were very meaty so I lucked out in that area. The weight was a bit over 3 pounds and cost me $7.00.
The BBQ sauce was $2.99 and I only used a small amount and will have the rest for other meals. I chose to do the dish with a recognizable national brand rather than to make my own so that everyone can see that it doesn't cost lots of money for a meal like this. If you are only two people you can split the ribs up and either freeze them for a week or do a different recipe another night.
I don't own a fancy new slow cooker that allows you to brown in the slow cooker so I seared the country ribs on the stove top first. Then once I added a few things to the slow cooker with the pork it did its' own thing over a period of about six hours and I feel I could have let it go a full eight hours which does make this a good dish to have slow cooking while you are out at work.
- 3 lbs. country pork ribs
- shortening (for searing the ribs)
- salt and black pepper to taste
- 1/3 cup apple sauce
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/3 cup BBQ sauce (I used Sweet Baby Rays)
- cooking spray
- Get a wide pan hot over medium high heat and add in enough shortening to coat the pan.
- Salt and pepper to taste all sides of the ribs.
- Sear each side for about 1 1/2 -3 minutes. Three minutes for the side with a fat cap to render off some of the fat. When seared moved to a waiting plate.
- Spray the bowl of the crock pot with cooking spray for easier clean up.
- Add in the ribs, the apple sauce and water and just a little of the BBQ sauce.
- Cover. Cook on low 6-8 hours.
- When the ribs are cooked you can just pour in the rest of the BBQ sauce and coat the ribs and cook for a little longer, or transfer to a foiled lined baking sheet and glaze the ribs and put under the broiler for a few minutes to make the glaze adhere.