Slow Cooker Rib Tips

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I am a smoked rib tip kind of guy. Usually. But I had some tips leftover from a few racks of St Louis-style ribs and I was just not feeling the fire-up-the-smoker love. I just wasn’t in the mood. I was in the mood to drop them in a slow cooker for a few hours, though. Served with some air-fryer tater tots (aka Tots and Tips!) these slow cooker rib tips were really, really good. Sticky sweet, lightly smoky, and oh so tender and juicy I really enjoyed them. Will they replace my low-and-slow smoked tips? No, but I’ll definitely make them again.

Slow Cooker Rib Tips

If you’re not a fan of liquid smoke, or you don’t have any on idea, don’t worry! Just use a BBQ sauce that has smoky flavor instead, it’ll make these slow cooker rib tips just as tasty. Any good mesquite or hickory BBQ sauce will do. As for the rub, I used a rub with a bit of a kick to it. Some spiciness to offset the sweetness from the BBQ sauce. You can keep it all sweet if you want and use a brown sugar-based rub.

Slow Cooker Rib Tips
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Slow Cooker Rib Tips

These slow cooker rib tips were really, really good. Sticky sweet, lightly smoky, and oh so tender and juicy I really enjoyed them. 
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword crockpot, ribs, slow cooker
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 220kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Coat the ribs tips in rub. Don't be shy with it. You want it on all sides of the rib tips.
  • Let rest 10 minutes.
  • Combine all of the BBQ sauce with the liquid smoke, to taste.
  • Transfer rib tips to the slow cooker. Add half of the sauce mixture and stir to coat.
  • Cook on low 4-6 hours or until the rib tips are tender. Stir every so often.
  • Transfer rib tips to a baking sheet lined with foil
  • Baste with the remaining sauce and place under the broiler.
  • Broil for 5 minutes or until the sauce is set and the ribs start to get a little char on them.

Notes

Nutritional values don’t include rub and sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 220kcal | Protein: 12g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 73mg | Potassium: 192mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

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