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Best Ever Slow Cooker Ribs

Yields4 ServingsCook Time4 hrs

In this tasty rib recipe, you can substitute yellow prepared mustard with hot mustard for added heat.

 3 lbs baby back ribs
 1 tsp smoked paprika
 1 tsp chili powder
 1 tsp dry mustard powder
 1 tsp crushed thyme
 ½ tsp granulated garlic
 ½ tsp onion powder
 ½ tsp black pepper
 ¼ cup water
 ¼ cup spiced rum or rye
 ½ cup ketchup
 ¼ cup prepared yellow mustard
 2 Tbsp packed brown sugar

In small bowl, combine paprika, chili powder, dry mustard, thyme, garlic, onion powder and pepper.Mix well.


Remove and reserve 2 tsp seasoning. Sprinkle remainder over both sides of ribs.


Pour water and rum into slow cooker. Lay or stand ribs on their side in slow cooker. Cook on high for 3 1/2 hours or on low for 7 hours.


While ribs are cooking, prepare sauce by combining ketchup, mustard, brown sugar and reserved seasoning in saucepan. Bring to a simmer over low to medium-low heat. Cook 5 minutes stirring occasionally.


Preheat oven to 375°F.


Line baking sheet with foil wrap. Transfer cooked ribs to baking sheet. Brush bottoms of ribs with sauce, flip over and coat tops well with sauce.


Bake 15 minutes until sauce caramelizes on ribs. Cut between each rib and stack on plate to serve.


Ribs can also be finished on barbecue. Place ribs on oiled barbecue grate over medium-low to low heat. Brush tops with sauce. Close grill for 5 minutes. Brush with sauce again and cook for another 5 minutes.


Sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for 3 days.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 437 g

Servings 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 1395
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 89g137%

Saturated Fat 32g160%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 345mg115%
Sodium 2074mg87%
Total Carbohydrate 51g17%

Dietary Fiber 3g12%
Sugars 34g
Protein 86g172%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.