Slow Cooker Spare Ribs

August 7, 2008 at 3:31 pm (The joy of cooking) (, , )

I learned two very important things the other day: you can cook spare ribs in a crock pot and you can cook chicken in spare rib sauce. These things are so important because other than my brief trip home in June, I haven’t eaten spare ribs in a year.

The reasons for this are threefold:

1)Ribs are really expensive in restaurants, so I can’t justify ordering them

2) I don’t have a barbeque or a good pan to make ribs in the oven and

3) Hubby doesn’t like spare ribs.

Point number three is the reason why I was so thrilled to discover that apparently most rib sauce is very good on chicken. Point number two was overcome when my mom mentioned in passing that Grandpa had broken a tooth on some spare ribs he made in his crockpot. “You can make ribs in the crock pot?” says I “Why wasn’t I ever told this?”

So right now, happily stewing away in my crock pot is a half rack of pork side ribs, and a chicken breast. Yummy. The whole apartment smells awesome. I used my mom’s recipe for rib sauce, which I’ve been eating since I was little. Basically ketchup flavoured with some brown sugar, mustard, vinegar, garlic, tabasco, salt and pepper.

I plan to serve the meat with rice and a salad. We just got a yummy new salad dressing from the little non-perishables only grocery store that opened on the corner of our street. I have no words to express how happy I am to have a food store in easy access. Overall, I expect it to be a very delicious meal. Yay ribs.

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