Wednesdays Unplugged – Slow Cooker Barbeque Ribs



"We all have our time machines. Some take us back, they're called memories. Some take us forward, they're called dreams." ~ Jeremy Irons


NOTE: I spend my Wednesdays Unplugged from appointments. It's my day to stay home, enjoy cooking and welcome our kids and grandkids for dinner in the evening. We end our meal with quotes from the Norwegian 'Quote Cup' passed on to me from my grandmother. I share a quote and a recipe here each week, and sometimes some photos of family fun. I love trying new recipes…and love getting recipes you would like to share!

We spent a few days after Christmas visiting my uncle in Wisconsin… he turned 90 this month! He is now in assisted living, but we stayed in his house. His son said it was like a time capsule… he was right… filled with memories and dreams and stories of a lifetime.


My grandmother used to fix barbequed spare ribs for Christmas Eve, she said that was their family tradition in Norway. This week's recipe isn't her recipe but I love it because it is super easy and tasty… thank you,! The key is quick roasting in a hot oven that removes fat and liquid before putting it in the crock pot. Melt-in-your-mouth tender and tasty. This recipe uses prepared sauces… I used both barbecue sauce and ketchup without high fructose corn syrup. I omitted the hot sauce because of young kids and oregano because of allergies. It got rave reviews!


  • 2 pounds baby back ribs Ribs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 18-ounce bottle of barbecue sauce
  • 1-4 teaspoons hot sauce (I omitted)
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano (I omitted)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Season ribs with salt and pepper. Place in a shallow baking pan and brown in the oven for 15 minutes. Turn over and brown another 15 minutes. Drain fat.

In a bowl, mix together the barbecue sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, hot sauce, oregano and Worcestershire sauce. Set aside.

Place ribs in slow cooker. Pour sauce over ribs and turn to coat. Cook on low for 6-7 hours.

Sharlene Hensrud, RE/MAX Results - Email - Minneapolis Realtor Who Cooks


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