I’ve had this one in my arsenal for years. Besides being a family favorite, it’s probably the simplest, no-brainer, almost-no-effort meal I make. These super easy, slow cooker BBQ ribs really don’t require a recipe. It’s more of a method. You can probably memorize it by the time you’re done reading this post.
Are you ready? In the morning, spray your slow cooker (or use those liners I always forget to buy!) Open your packages of half-slab pork ribs and sprinkle them with garlic powder. Place the ribs in the Crock Pot standing up, with the meat side facing the walls of your cooker. (If your ribs are too tall to fit, cut the half slab in half again with kitchen scissors and lay some of the ribs down if needed.)
Cover and cook the ribs on low, without sauce, for eight hours. (They can stay on warm after that for another three hours if necessary.) A half hour before they’re done, transfer them to a platter and drain the liquid from your pot. Place the ribs back inside the slow cooker and add your favorite BBQ sauce. Cover and cook on low for 30 minutes.
You’ll be rewarded with saucy, falling-off-the-bone ribs that will make everyone smile. (“Smiles, Everyone. Smiles!”) They’ll think you put all kinds of effort into making this delicious meal. And you don’t need to tell them otherwise.
P.S. I haven’t perfected my homemade BBQ sauce yet, but I promise to share it with you when I do. I made these ribs on the 4th and used store-bought sauce. It’s one of the few processed items I still keep around!
(Recipe Source: Slightly adapted from a recipe I saw in an online forum about 12 years ago.)