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14 Fall-off-the-Bone Slow Cooker Rib Recipes

Published On 10/02/2015 Published On 10/02/2015

What’s the secret to a great rack? A slow cooker, of course! Just toss in the ingredients and let the appliance do all the work. From beer-soaked short ribs to sweet-and-spicy baby backs, here are our 14 favorite rib recipes. Don’t forget napkins.

Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest

Grilled fiery habanero apricot BBQ ribs

Apricots and raspberries sweeten the pot while chilies heat things up. Try it!

Key ingredients:

  • Brown sugar
  • Habanero chilies
  • Pineapple juice
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Apricots

 

Mississippi ribs

Between the gravy mix, ranch dressing mix, two types of peppers and a splash of Jack Daniels, there's quite a lot going here. Can you handle it? Find out

Key ingredients:

  • Pork spare ribs
  • Ranch dressing mix
  • Butter
  • Pepperoncini peppers
  • Jack Daniels whiskey
Courtesy of Recipe Girl

Sriracha-cranberry baby back ribs

Double down on seasoning with a dry rub followed by a glaze of sweet cranberry sauce that offsets the smoked paprika and spicy Sriracha. Get the recipe

Key ingredients:

  • Garlic powder
  • Smoked paprika
  • Sriracha/ketchup blend
  • Baby back ribs
  • Cranberry sauce

 

Kalbi JJim

Everything tastes better with an egg on top, particularly these Korean-style braised short ribs. Recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Soy sauce
  • Brown sugar
  • Sesame oil
  • Pine nuts
  • Egg
Courtesy of Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Sweet and spicy short ribs with mushroom ginger and soy

Fifteen minutes is all it takes to get all those sweet and spicy ingredients into the pot, and six hours is how long to wait before you can eat what comes of them. The sweetness of the coconut sugar might be overwhelming for some but it's totally, totally necessary to calm the zing from the ginger and red chili flakes. Try it here.

Key ingredients:

  • Beef short ribs
  • White mushrooms
  • Coconut or brown sugar
  • Soy sauce
  • Grated ginger root

 

Slow cooker short ribs

Bone-in or boneless is totally up to you as this no-frills ribs recipe works both ways. Make it here!

Key ingredients:

  • Garlic
  • Red wine
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Brown sugar
  • Tomato paste
Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest

Sweet and sour pomegranate short ribs with creamy polenta

Polenta adds a creamy element, and searing the meat before adding it to the slow cooker will enhance the flavor! Get the recipe.

Key ingredients:

  • Brown sugar
  • Pomegranate juice
  • Soy sauce
  • Short ribs
  • Carrots
Courtesy of How Sweet It Is

Short rib sauce with bucatini

Add interest to your classic pasta-and-tomato sauce and add tender chunks of savory short ribs. Top it all off with a sprinkle of grated cheese. Dig in!

Key ingredients:

  • Cremini mushrooms
  • Bucatini pasta
  • Tomato sauce
  • Beef stock
  • Red wine

 

Fruited short ribs

Cherries and orange juice add rich flavor (substitute cranberries if you don't have the former), so serve the stuff over plain white rice to keep the fruit in focus. Recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Dried cherries
  • Orange juice
  • Cornstarch
  • Olive oil
  • Short ribs
Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest

Curried Thai short rib lettuce wraps

Fresh mango salsa is a necessity to cut the fattiness of the short ribs and Thai peanut sauce. Here's the recipe

Key ingredients:

  • Beef short ribs
  • Lettuce leaves
  • Mango
  • Coconut milk
  • Peanut butter

 

Cream and ale short ribs

The cooking time is long, so it's wise to use canned potatoes in lieu of fresh cut ones -- they'll get less mushy. Recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Au jus gravy mix
  • Flour
  • Bottle of ale or beer
  • Onion
  • Heavy cream
Courtesy of Tastes Lovely

Moroccan braised short ribs

Cooked in an orange cinnamon sauce, it tastes like comfort food, but it happens to be fad diet-friendly -- paleo, gluten-free, and dairy-free. Get the recipe.

Key ingredients:

  • Beef short ribs
  • Carrots
  • Chicken stock
  • Tomato paste
  • Orange

 

Maple-glazed short ribs

Start with a dry rub and finish them off with a heavy maple syrup glaze. Recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Brown sugar
  • Ground sage
  • Ground ginger
  • Garlic powder
  • Maple syrup
Courtesy of i am a food blog

Char siu baby back ribs

Recipe author Stephanie suggests preparing a huge rack of baby back ribs for easy eating at a dinner party. Get your hands dirty here.

Key ingredients:

  • Honey
  • Hoisin sauce
  • Sweet soy sauce
  • Black vinegar
  • Baby back ribs


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