Beef ribs with a homemade BBQ sauce in a slow cooker (or on top of stove, if you have the time). Very, very good made on High for 4 hours...better on Low for 8. Serve over hot cooked rice.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix water, ketchup, tomato paste, brown sugar, vinegar, mustard, and salt in a slow cooker, stirring to dissolve brown sugar and salt.

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  • Place short ribs into the sauce and stir to coat. Set cooker on Low, cover, and cook for 8 hours.

Tips

The magazine version of this recipe uses 4 pounds beef short (or back) ribs, 1/4 cup water, and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt.

Partner Tip

Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

1034.5 calories; 39 g protein; 50.2 g carbohydrates; 165.6 mg cholesterol; 2965.4 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/08/2012
It sounds like it would be too sweet but in the end it is just perfect. Great for the upcoming fall and winter seasons fantastic aromas you can use up to 3 lbs of short ribs with this recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/04/2013
There was way too much sauce and I even used 3 lbs of ribs instead of 2. Good flavor just too much. Also I don't know if it was just the ribs I got or if all beef ribs are this way but there was no meat on them! After they cooked there was about an inch of fat in a wide six qt. slow cooker and maybe a bite of meat on each rib if that. Very disappointing. Read More
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275 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 170
  • 4 star values: 64
  • 3 star values: 22
  • 2 star values: 9
  • 1 star values: 10
Rating: 5 stars
09/08/2012
It sounds like it would be too sweet but in the end it is just perfect. Great for the upcoming fall and winter seasons fantastic aromas you can use up to 3 lbs of short ribs with this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/07/2013
I would definitely sear the ribs first next time and would also leave the water out of the sauce. The flavor was really good but we prefer a thicker sauce. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2013
I bought pork ribs and went to prepare them for the slow cooker in the morning when I realized that I did not have BBQ sauce! I never made BBQ sauce from scratch before so I checked Allrecipes.com like I always do. I chose this one because I had all the ingredients on hand. It was VERY good! I doubled the recipe...and I added a teaspoon of cayenne pepper to give it a little spice with the sweetness. I would do as another poster said and omit the water. It was too liquid for me I like a thicker sauce. Oh I also added some honey. Its not too sweet at all. I would actually add more brown sugar next time and honey along with the cayenne pepper. This is a great base BBQ sauce to tweak however you like! I also broiled the ribs first like I always do. And I added a large onion to the crock pot. Cooked it on low for 7 hours and it was delish! =) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/16/2012
Good and easy... Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/11/2014
I was going to give this recipe a 5 star rating but realized that wasn't fair considering I had to make several changes. Like other reviewers I removed the water. I also seasoned the ribs and threw them on the grill to get a nice caramelization on all sides. I like to call this dish my "everything but the kitchen sink ribs." I have done this recipe before and it turned out great! This time I used brown sugar, molasses and honey (since they were all in the cupboard). I added the juice from 1/2 an orange (because it was in the fridge). I used 1 can of tomato paste and 1 can of tomato sauce (I doubled the recipe and didn't have 2 cans of paste). I threw in some garlic and used apple cider vinegar (becuase I think it gives it a better flavor). This recipe is a great base recipe like other reviewers stated. I recommend you get creative and see what you have in your cupboards or fridge and change it up a little. Last time I used wasabi mustard instead of regular and it was delish! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/23/2012
This recipe came out terrific. I seasoned the ribs with salt and pepper then seared them on all sides before adding them to the Slow Cooker. The searing made for a nice caramelized crust on the outside of the ribs. Cooked these for 7 hours on Low. There was some grease so I simply absorbed it off the top using tongs and a paper towel. Super! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/26/2013
This was super easy and super good! The only change I would make for next time would be to NOT add the water because it really thins out the sauce. I took the advice of other reviewers and seared the meat for a few minutes before adding them to the slow cooker. Also I would trim the fat beforehand because it was messy to try and do it afterwards. Yummy thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2013
My family loved this. I did make some changes based on previous reviews: Seared the beef short ribs in olive oil. Beer instead of water Added: honey cayenne pepper dried onion. Toward the end I thickened the sauce with some flour/cornstarch. Served it on some rice. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/04/2013
There was way too much sauce and I even used 3 lbs of ribs instead of 2. Good flavor just too much. Also I don't know if it was just the ribs I got or if all beef ribs are this way but there was no meat on them! After they cooked there was about an inch of fat in a wide six qt. slow cooker and maybe a bite of meat on each rib if that. Very disappointing. Read More
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