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Slow Cooker (or not) BBQ Ribs
with sweet potato wedges / tangy cabbage and carrot slaw

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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. This meal was last featured in 2019.
Cooking methods: This recipe includes instructions for using the slow cooker or oven. Select your preferred method. Be sure to plan ahead as both methods require the ribs to be slow cooked and then finished at higher heat in the oven. 

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Ingredients

Metric
Servings:
4
Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs:
  • 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 (only needed if cooked in the slow cooker)
  • Foil - for cooking
  • BBQ sauce, paleo-friendly - 1/4 cup (plus more for serving)
Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges:
  • Sweet potatoes - 1 lb, sliced into wedges
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Paprika, smoked - 1/2 tsp
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
  • Honey - 1/4 tsp

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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. Sweet potatoes / Shallots / Carrots / Cabbage - Prep as directed. Store sweet potatoes in one container. Combine shallots, carrots, and cabbage in another container. (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. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

  5. Make slaw - (If prepping right before cooking, sweet potato wedges roasting while slaw is in the fridge.) Chop cilantro. Whisk together vinegar, oil (portion for slaw), and honey. 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)

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Make

  1. Heat oven to 400F / 204C degrees.

  2. Spread sweet potatoes out on a sheet pan. Toss with oil (portion for sweet potato wedges), smoked paprika, and some salt.

  3. Transfer sweet potatoes to the oven and bake, shaking the pan a few times while they cook, until tender, ~30 minutes.

  4. When sweet potatoes are nearly finished, spread slow-cooked ribs out, meat side up, on a foil-lined sheet pan. Brush ribs with BBQ sauce.

  5. Bake ribs for 8 to 10 minutes to let the sauce flavor the meat.

  6. Season slaw with some salt and pepper and toss it to combine.

  7. Serve ribs over slaw. Enjoy sweet potato wedges with some extra BBQ sauce for dipping if you’d like!

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. Sweet potatoes / Shallots / Carrots / Cabbage - Prep as directed. Store sweet potatoes in one container. Combine shallots, carrots, and cabbage in another container. (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. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)

  4. Slow cook ribs - 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. Make slaw - (If prepping right before cooking, sweet potato wedges roasting while slaw is in the fridge.) Chop cilantro. Whisk together vinegar, oil (portion for slaw), and honey. 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)

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Make

  1. Heat oven to 400F / 204C degrees.

  2. Spread sweet potatoes out on a sheet pan. Toss with oil (portion for sweet potato wedges), smoked paprika, and some salt.

  3. Transfer sweet potatoes to the oven and bake, shaking the pan a few times while they cook, until tender, ~30 minutes.

  4. When sweet potatoes are nearly finished, spread slow-cooked ribs out, meat side up, on a foil-lined sheet pan. Brush ribs with BBQ sauce.

  5. Bake ribs for 8 to 10 minutes to let the sauce flavor the meat.

  6. Season slaw with some salt and pepper and toss it to combine.

  7. Serve ribs over slaw. Enjoy sweet potato wedges with some extra BBQ sauce for dipping if you’d like!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (28)
Gluten-free (2)
Paleo (1)
Vegetarian (6)

Most Helpful

Pleasantly surprised! The lentils and the Cole slaw were a good combo! Made it lighter than you'd normally think of with BBQ.

By: Theresa
Posted: Jul 24, 2022
Diet: Vegetarian
1 Helpful

14 reviews

Ribs were a Big hit. Will make again. The slaw needed more dressing and more tang. I roughly Doubled the dressing to better coat the cabbage and added salt. But May look for a different slaw recipe next time

By: Jennifer
Posted: Aug 15, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

The preparation was very easy. I finished the ribs in the broiler. I also prepare my corn in the microwave, and made the coleslaw with the package of shredded cabbage and poppy seed dressing. An easy meal that was very satisfying.

By: Johanna
Posted: Aug 13, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This was a really easy way to do ribs. Incredibly tender. I still like them better when we smoke them, because it adds so much flavor, but this is a great option.

By: Barbie
Posted: Aug 07, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

The lentil burgers, as they were called around here, were a big hit.

By: Heidi
Posted: Aug 06, 2022
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Pleasantly surprised! The lentils and the Cole slaw were a good combo! Made it lighter than you'd normally think of with BBQ.

By: Theresa
Posted: Jul 24, 2022
Diet: Vegetarian
1 Helpful

Easy and tasty! The BBQ sauce is key with the veggie version so make sure you get a good one.

By: Nicole
Posted: Jul 23, 2022
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful