I’ve tried my absolute best to get pork spare ribs right, but despite being somewhat experienced in the kitchen, this has always proven to be that one step too far for my own ability. That is until now (or last Saturday to be precise) when I finally cracked it!
I announced on Twitter I’d be purchasing a Slow-Cooker and it arrived late on Friday, just in time for the weekend.
I’d been doing some research into them and loved the idea that you could just bung everything in, let it cook slowly for several hours whilst you’re at work, out for the day or even overnight.
Not only is using one a much cheaper alternative than having the oven on for a few hours, but it also gives you back time to do other things, such as more time at the gym or running!
I didn’t want to come in from work on a cold Wintery night and have to go buy my ingredients as well as start cooking everything. I mean how would I fit in my gym time?!
So the slow cooker gives me plenty of options and I’m really excited about it!
With it I was finally able to crack the pork ribs so that they weren’t chewy and meant the meat was literally falling off the bone. The feeling of satisfaction had finally arrived just from this one piece of equipment that I didn’t realise I’d find so useful.
- 1 Rack of Pork Spare Ribs (cut into three parts)
- Salt & Freshly Ground Pepper
- 2 teaspoons Paprika
- 1 Red Onion (peeled & sliced)
- 100ml Barbecue Sauce (plus 100ml extra)
- 2 Garlic Cloves (peeled & crushed)
- 2 Cups Water
- Start by adding the onion slices to the bottom of a slow cooker.
- Place the ribs onto a chopping board and season with salt, pepper and the paprika, then add them on top of the onions.
- Cover the ribs with the barbecue sauce and top with the garlic and water.
- Place the lid on and cook for 7-8 hours on Low.
- With approximately 15 minutes left of the cooking time pre-heat the oven to 200C (conventional) and when the time is up remove the ribs from the slow-cooker and place onto a baking tray. Top with the half of the additional barbecue sauce and cook for 5 minutes.
- Turn the ribs over and add the rest of the sauce and cook for a further 5 minutes then remove the ribs and serve.