This is an adapted family recipe. It is a lot of work, but worth the effort. If you do not have a slow cooker, you can bake the ribs for 2 to 3 hours, covered, in the oven.

Scotty
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cut ribs into small portions of 2 or 3 bones each. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Season water a pinch each of salt, black pepper, and crushed red pepper to the water. Boil ribs in seasoned water for 20 minutes. Drain, and let the ribs sit for about a half an hour.

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  • Meanwhile, preheat an outdoor grill for high heat.

  • Lightly coat the ribs with barbecue sauce. Cook the ribs over high heat for a 5 to 10 minutes on each side to get a nice grilled look to them.

  • Place grilled ribs in a slow cooker. Pour remaining barbecue sauce and one bottle of beer over the ribs; this should cover at least half of the ribs. Cover, and cook on High for 3 hours. Check ribs every hour or so, and add more beer if needed to dilute sauce. Stir to get the ribs on top into the sauce. The ribs are done when the meat is falling off the bone. The ribs were cooked completely in the first process, the rest is about flavor and texture.

Note

If you add too much beer, the sauce will get very thin. It is best to drink most of the second bottle of beer.

Partner Tip

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

Nutrition Facts

524 calories; 24.5 g protein; 33.7 g carbohydrates; 117 mg cholesterol; 1034.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2004
I'm in the deep south where bbq ribs are highly scrutinized. After cooking ribs this way, I wouldn't cook them any way else, and I've had ribs that were not cooked this way and they don't fall off the bone as easily, believe me it ain't a pretty sight. I skipped the grill because it's kaput right now, went straight after the boil to the oven and they turned out delicious & tender, finger-lickin good. I drank the beer instead and it made the recipe that much better! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/19/2010
Par boiling may soften the meat but here in Texas we know it removes flavor as well. Spareribs would be a better choice.. Babyback ribs are used by the food industry as it is easier to control portion size, not for their flavor. Smoke them over 220 heat for two hours and if inclined, sauce them and wrap them in foil for one more hour. Trust me,I cooked in a bbq joint in Lubbock Texas.. I do not lie Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2004
I'm in the deep south where bbq ribs are highly scrutinized. After cooking ribs this way, I wouldn't cook them any way else, and I've had ribs that were not cooked this way and they don't fall off the bone as easily, believe me it ain't a pretty sight. I skipped the grill because it's kaput right now, went straight after the boil to the oven and they turned out delicious & tender, finger-lickin good. I drank the beer instead and it made the recipe that much better! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/30/2006
I opted not to boil the ribs, I think this takes away from the flavor. So I cooked them in the crock pot with other ing. on low for about two hour checking to make sure they did not start falling apart. I then drained grease from crockpot and let the ribs rest on paper towels for about 30 minutes while getting the grill ready. When the grill was hot we cooked them for about eight minutes, four minutes on each side and brushed them with BBQ sauce, I then added them back to crockpot with BBQ sauce and we used Miller beer. Make sure you use a good BBQ sauce like Jack Daniels, Famous Daves, etc. if you use the cheap brands like kraft etc. you will not get the full flavor of BBQ. These turned out finger lickin, fall of the bone, drop dead good. Thanks for the post. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/14/2016
I always make these (actually the same recipe) using a coke but being a beer lover who am I to pass this up? I skipped the whole pre-cook thing & just stuck them in the crock pot (on low) for about 5 hours and they were so tender that I could pull the bone out without a problem. I used Bubba's Best BBQ Sauce (from this site) with this. Thanks Scotty! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/29/2006
Fantastic. I followed all three steps of the cooking process. After reading all of the reviews it appeared to me that some were having a tough time BBQ'ing the ribs without burning them. I think that the reason is two-fold. First and probably the main reason for this was the use of far to much BBQ sauce. The ribs should only be lightly coated. Second when cooking the ribs you should not place them over the direct flame of the BBQ. High heat and high flame are two different things. For example on a four burner gas BBQ you can maintain 350 degrees by putting two burners on high and two on low. With this you can cook your ribs over the low flame and get that fire taste. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2003
Absolutley delicious & very tender! I skiped grilling them & I cooked them in a 325degree oven for 3 hrs. instead of a slow coker. The ribs were a huge hit with my whole family. My 2yr. old couldn't get enough of them! I will definitley make these again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/15/2006
INCREDIBLE. my boyfriend said they were the best he's ever had! I used two bottles of bbq sauce (one sweet one spicy) and added bourbon whiskey worcestershire sauce Franks Red Hot and cider vinegar to them. I also used porter beer - the flavor was rich and distinctive. these are fantastic and definitely better than any I've had in restaurants! Thank you SO MUCH! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2003
These ribs were fantastic. My husband never cared for my oven ribs because they always seemed fatty. The boiling takes away the fat and doesn't add alot of work. I also skipped the grilling part for ease and put them in the oven as others have suggested (325 for 3 hours). They were browned and tender and simply the best ribs I think I've ever had. Thanks Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/18/2006
My son, who is a very picky eater, loved these ribs and called them "awesome" and ask me to make them often. I boiled them for only 15 minutes, LIGHTLY coated them with barbecue sauce and broiled them in my oven until lightly crispy. Cooked them in my crockpot on low for 4-5 hours. Since the crockpot makes just about anything tender and moist, do you think it's necessary to boil them first? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/12/2003
Great ribs couldn't grill them but put them in a covered pan at 325 for 3 hours. Made the best ribs I ever tasted with or without the beer. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/19/2010
Par boiling may soften the meat but here in Texas we know it removes flavor as well. Spareribs would be a better choice.. Babyback ribs are used by the food industry as it is easier to control portion size, not for their flavor. Smoke them over 220 heat for two hours and if inclined, sauce them and wrap them in foil for one more hour. Trust me,I cooked in a bbq joint in Lubbock Texas.. I do not lie Read More
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