Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

I know my buddies on the grilling and smoker forums are going to give me grief over making slow cooker baby back ribs. But I am always up to trying something new (to me).¬†Now, yes, I know these baby back ribs don’t sit in a smoker for 6 or so hours and get a beautiful smoke ring. But, they are tender, almost fall-off-the-bone tender, and with a little help, quite tasty. And hey, when it’s blowing 45 MPH winds outside with a wind chill well below 0, slow cooker baby back ribs will do just nicely.
Slow Cooker Baby Back RibsLike with boiling ribs (ok, don’t hate me for boiling ribs!) before grilling them, you have to add something so that the ribs get some flavor to them. Last time I boiled ribs, I added Old Bay seafood boil seasoning. When I made these baby back ribs I added a drop or two of liquid smoke and a little smoky BBQ sauce to boot. Sure, it’s not the same as sitting over hickory smoke for a long time, but those smoky flavors do absorb into the meat as it cooks.

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings 3 -4 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds baby back ribs trimmed of any excess fat
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup water
  • A few drops of liquid smoke optional
  • Your favorite BBQ sauce I recommend a smoky Hickory BBQ sauce
  • 1/2 onion sliced
  • 1 clove garlic minced

Instructions

  • Separate the ribs into sections, 2-3 bones each.
  • Season the ribs on both sides with plenty of salt and pepper. Don't be shy.
  • Add the water to the bottom of your slow cooker.
  • Stir in 1/4 cup of the BBQ sauce.
  • Add the ribs. Top with the onion and sprinkle with the garlic.
  • Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Remove ribs, discarding the onion.
  • Coat ribs in BBQ sauce on all sides.
  • Place on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes or until the sauce has set.

Slow Cooker Creamed Corn

Wow, we were blown away with just how fantastic this slow cooker creamed corn was. Some of the credit goes to using the best sweet corn around, My Dad’s Sweet Corn. I put up a big batch of corn each summer for days just like today: cloudy, cold and dreary. The corn is creamy and sweet and smells, looks and tastes like summer.
slow-cooker-creamed-cornCorn from cans can be used instead of fresh, just drain the cans before adding to the slow cooker. For a spicier version of slow cooker creamed corn, use only half a brick of cream cheese and add 1/2 cup of cubed pepper jack cheese instead. Or a bit of cayenne pepper, but not much. You don’t want to bury the tremendous sweetness of the corn.

Also try my southern creamed corn.

Slow Cooker Creamed Corn

Course Side
Cuisine American
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours
Servings 10 -12 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 cups sweet corn kernels 3 cans, drained, if using canned, or scraped from 8 ears if using fresh
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 8-ounce brick cream cheese, cubed
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 stick unsalted butter

Instructions

  • Place corn, milk, sugar and cream cheese into a slow cooker.
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook on low for 5 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the stick of butter and cook another hour, stirring occasionally.
  • Check seasoning and serve.

Slow Cooker Beans ‘n Wieners

When I was a kid bean n’ wieners were one of my favorites. Here I am many years later and well, nothing much has changed because I still love them. My grown-up version is slow cooker beans ‘n wiener. Cooked for hours so that that great sauce flavors the beans and hot dogs just perfectly. A big bowl can chase away the cold weather, and quick. I call it the perfect dish after shoveling the snow off the driveway!
Slow Cooker Beans 'n WienersThis recipe for slow cooker beans ‘n wieners is perfect as it is, but you can add a bit of heat if you want. Just add a small can of chopped roasted jalapenos in at the start and let that great heat get slow cooked into the rest of the ingredients.

Also try my quick fix BBQ beans!

Slow Cooker Beans 'n Wieners

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1 pound don't be afraid to use more all-beef hot dogs, cut into fourths
  • 3 15 ounce cans pork and beans
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup onion chopped
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients into a slow cooker.
  • Stir and cook on low for 6 hours, stirring occasionally.