Spicy-Sweet Ribs and Beans

Southern Living Cooking School
For tender, flavorful ribs, cook them in a slow cooker on low for 6 hours . Serve this Spicy-Sweet Ribs and Beans dinner recipe cornbread and a simple green salad with creamy Italian or ranch dressing.
Makes 8 servings


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4 pounds country-style pork ribs, trimmed
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 (10.5-oz.) jar red pepper jelly
1 (18-oz.) bottle hickory-flavored barbecue sauce
1 medium onion, chopped
2 (16-oz.) cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed


Prep: 20 Minutes
Boil: 20 Minutes
Cook: 7 Minutes

Cut ribs apart; sprinkle evenly with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Place ribs in a single layer in an aluminum foil-lined broiler pan.

Broil 5 1/2 inches from heat 9 to 10 minutes on each side or until browned.

Whisk together jelly and barbecue sauce in a small bowl until blended.

Combine ribs, jelly mixture, and onion in a 5-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW 6 hours; add beans, cover, and cook 1 more hour. Remove ribs, and drain bean mixture, reserving sauce. Skim fat from sauce. Transfer bean mixture to a serving platter, and top with ribs. Serve with sauce.

Note: We tested this recipe on HIGH, but preferred the flavor and tender texture achieved by cooking on LOW.

Created date

May 2007