5 ingredients + 1 pot + 8 hours = ridiculously delicious ribs
I have always steered away from making ribs at home, because it often involves a lot of prep work, and that takes up tons of time. Ribs also need to be cooked for a long time before they are tender, so even if I were to make my Oven Baked BBQ Ribs, it would only be possible on weekends because the baking time is more than 2.5 hours.
Just when my dream of having ribs for dinner on a weeknight was dying out, I discovered City Girl Chicago‘s recipe.
I say this in absolute seriousness: these ribs changed my life.
I throw these 5 ingredients in to my slow cooker in the morning, and by the time I get back home in the afternoon… dinner is ready, angels are singing and unicorns are jumping over rainbows. No lies.
The only catch to this recipe is that you need a slow cooker. I’m sure you can cook it in the oven on 250F for a few hours but I’ve never tried it. If you are not lucky enough to have a bestie who gave you a slow cooker for your birthday, then you need to make a few new friends. Or you can get yourself a slow cooker, ASAP.
Here’s what you’ll need:
2.5 to 4 lbs ribs (beef or pork)
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 cup soy sauce (use gluten free if needed)
1/2 cup water
5 whole jalapeno peppers
- In a slow cooker, put the ribs in the pot.
- In a separate bowl, mix together brown sugar, soy sauce and water until all the sugar is dissolved.
- Pour sauce over the ribs and throw in the whole jalapenos.
- Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, flipping once. If you’re out of the house all day, flip them when you get home so the other side of the ribs gets saturated.
- Serve with rice, pasta, quinoa and/or veggies.
- Watch unicorns jump over rainbows and be amazed.
Recipe adapted from City Girl Chicago.