Slabs of BBQ Spare ribsAs a Texan living in California, there are many things I miss; friends and family would definitely top the list, but right below them (and sometimes above, depending on my mood), is the food of my Lone Star State—namely BBQ and Tex-Mex.  Any native Californians reading this, please do not launch into a debate, regaling me with the merits of California’s Mexican cuisine—it just ain’t the same!

Luckily, I’ve discovered a few recipes that do the trick and help to fill the void until my next trip to Texas—whereupon I spend four days simultaneously chatting with friends and family and gorging myself on every enchilada, bowl of queso and BBQ beef sandwich I can get my hands on.

Anyway, for those of you who love BBQ—be you a Texan, a Georgian or a Minnesotan—here’s a yummy and easy slow-cooker rib recipe.  Just be warned, they’re spicy!  I don’t go for that sweet molasses-style barbecue.  I don’t feel it’s a successful meal until your mouth is ablaze and there’s a fine layer of perspiration on your upper-lip (so, maybe don’t make these for a first date).


4 pounds of short ribs—I switch between pork and beef

Salt and Pepper to taste

Your favorite barbecue sauce

Chili powder

Garlic powder

Onion powder

Cayenne pepper


1. Rub each rib with a generous helping of salt, pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder and cayenne.

2. Place seasoned ribs in the crockpot—I usually then sprinkle more of each seasoning overtop.  I also will cover the crockpot and place it in the fridge for a few hours to ensure the seasoning really set in.

3. After seasoned and/or marinated, pour ½ cup of your favorite barbecue sauce over the ribs.  I usually use a bit more and flip the ribs over to make sure the sauce covers every nook and cranny.

4. Cook on Low for 1 hour then on High for an additional 4-6, or until the meat is finger-lickin’ tender.

5. My boyfriend sometimes then places the ribs in the oven so the barbecue sauce almost hardens onto the meat, but I honestly can’t really tell the difference!


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