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Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs
with corn on the cob / tangy cabbage and carrot slaw

Active: 40 minTotal: 7 hr 40 min

Want to make tender fall-off-the-bone ribs at home? The secret is to cook them low and slow, making the slow-cooker a perfect tool. Brush them with your favorite BBQ sauce and finish them in the oven for ribs that will rival any restaurant version.
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Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs with Corn on the Cob:
  • Paprika - 1 Tbsp
  • Garlic powder - 2 tsp
  • Coriander, ground - 1 tsp
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Chili powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
  • Baby back pork ribs - 2 lbs (2 lbs ~ 1 rack / slab of ribs)
  • Stock, any type - 1 cup
  • Corn - 4 ears, shucked
  • Foil - for cooking
  • BBQ sauce - 1/4 cup (plus more for serving)
  • Butter - for serving
Tangy Cabbage and Carrot Slaw:
  • Shallots - 1 clove, diced
  • Carrots - 6 oz, shredded with a box grater
  • Cabbage, green - 10 oz, very thinly sliced (sub coleslaw mix)
  • Cilantro - 1 Tbsp, chopped
  • Vinegar, apple cider - 2 1/2 Tbsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Sugar - 1/4 tsp

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Make dry rub - Combine paprika, garlic powder, coriander, salt, chili powder, and black pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Shallots / Carrots / Cabbage - Prep as directed and combine. (Note: If you’d like to shred the carrots and cabbage in a food processor, check out this video for carrots and this video for cabbage.) (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Prepare ribs - Set ribs on a cutting board. Remove and discard membrane. (Check out this link for step-by-step photos.) Rub ribs on all sides with dry rub. If needed, slice ribs into portions that will fit (stacked) in your slow cooker. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
  4. Slow cook ribs - Pour stock into the bowl of a slow cooker. Add ribs and cook until tender, on low for 7 to 8 hours or high for 4 to 5 hours. (If you prefer to use the oven, place the ribs in a single layer on a sheet pan. Cover the pan tightly with foil. Bake at 275F / 135C until tender, 3 to 4 hours.) (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  5. Corn - Shuck corn. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  6. Make slaw - Chop cilantro. Whisk together vinegar, oil, and sugar. Add shallots, carrots, cabbage, and cilantro. Toss to combine. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 1 day. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

Make

  1. Heat oven to 400F / 204C degrees.
  2. While oven is heating, bring a large stock pot of salted water for the corn to boil.
  3. Spread slow-cooked ribs out, meat side up, on a foil-lined sheet pan. Brush ribs with BBQ sauce.
  4. Bake ribs for 15 minutes to let the sauce flavor the meat.
  5. When ribs are nearly finished baking, add corn to boiling water and boil until tender, 5 to 7 minutes.
  6. Season slaw with some salt and pepper and toss it to combine.
  7. Serve ribs over slaw. Enjoy corn on the cob with butter and some salt.

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Reviews

This meal has 40 reviews

My favorite kind of Cook Smarts meal - easy, delicious, make-ahead, and guest-worthy, all in one. Our whole family loved this. Thank you!

By: Jenny
Posted: Sep 07, 2019
Diet: Original

What a great way to cook ribs! These were super tasty and fall-off-the-bone tender!

By: Caitlin
Posted: Sep 07, 2019
Diet: Original

Loved the ribs, but didnt care for the slaw

By: Kathryn
Posted: Sep 06, 2019
Diet: Original

The slaw wasn’t great and the corn was just ok, but the ribs were outstanding! Can’t wait to make again

By: Shannon
Posted: Sep 06, 2019
Diet: Original

I followed the IP directions in the comments, then broiled them. They were so tasty and pretty easy!

By: Jennifer
Posted: Sep 05, 2019
Diet: Gluten-free

Used the Instant Pot and it worked quickly and nicely.

By: Colleen
Posted: Sep 05, 2019
Diet: Paleo