Recipe courtesy of Melissa d'Arabian
Save Recipe Print
Perfect Baby Back Ribs
Total:
9 hr 20 min
Prep:
5 min
Cook:
9 hr 15 min
Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy
Total:
9 hr 20 min
Prep:
5 min
Cook:
9 hr 15 min
Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

Directions

Special equipment: A large slow cooker (at least 6 quarts)

For the dry rub: Place the salt, smoked and sweet paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, black pepper and cayenne (if using) in a small bowl and mix with a fork until well blended. 

Sprinkle the ribs with the vinegar and rub into the flesh. Rub the dry rub mixture all over the ribs. (This may be done the night before for extra flavor, and placed in the refrigerator.) 

Spray the insert of a large (at least 6 quarts) slow cooker with nonstick spray. Place the ribs in the insert, cutting the racks in half if needed to fit. Pour the beer on the bottom of the insert. Cover and cook on low until the meat is tender but still intact (about 9 hours). 

When the ribs are almost cooked, prepare a grill for high heat. 

Remove the cooked ribs from the slow cooker, blot any excessive (dripping) moisture and place them on the hot grill. Cook until a nice char is formed, 10 to 15 minutes, coating them with BBQ sauce (if using) as they cook.

Cook's Note

This recipe turns amazing ribs into a super-quick meal to prepare! Let the slow cooker do all the work all day, and then just finish them in minutes on the grill. The smoked paprika in the dry rub plus the super-low heat of the slow cooker work together to create a smoky-tender rib that tastes like a lot more work than it is. You may also cook the ribs on high for 4 to 5 hours. And if you don't have a grill, you can still get a decent char by broiling on high for a minute or 2 per side (watch closely as the ribs can burn quickly).

More from:

Summer Parties

Trending Videos 6 Videos

Almost One-Pan Skillet Lasagna 02:21

Bev gets her kids involved in making this perfect weeknight dinner.

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Baby Back Ribs

Recipe courtesy of Dave Lieberman

Simple, Perfect Chili

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

Baby Carrots

Recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray

Perfect Roast Chicken

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Perfectly Flaky Pie Crust

Recipe courtesy of Aida Mollenkamp

Chile-Braised Short Ribs

Recipe courtesy of Nancy Fuller

PW's Prime Rib with Rosemary Salt Crust

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

Tequila BBQ Spare Ribs

Recipe courtesy of Guy Fieri

Browse Reviews By Keyword

          Food Network Apps

          In the Kitchen

          Get over 70,000 FN recipes on all your mobile devices.

          Facebook Messenger

          Ask our bot for recipes, meal ideas and daily food trivia.