Classic Barbecue Ribs

Put these on before you leave for work, or cook them overnight and refrigerate until dinnertime. If you make this recipe a day ahead, refrigerate overnight and remove fat from the sauce before reheating. If you reheat in the microwave, use 50% power.


Makes 4 to 6 servings

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 15 Minutes
Cook: 7 Hours


4 pounds bone-in country-style pork ribs
2 teaspoons salt, divided
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 cup apple butter
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon steak sauce
1 teaspoon coarse ground pepper
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Garnish: chopped fresh parsley


1. Cut ribs apart, if necessary, and trim excess fat; sprinkle 1 tsp. salt evenly over ribs.

2. Stir together remaining 1 tsp. salt, onion, and next 9 ingredients until blended. Pour half of onion mixture into a 5-qt. slow cooker. Place ribs in slow cooker, and pour remaining mixture over ribs.

3. Cover and cook on HIGH 6 to 7 hours or until ribs are tender. Garnish, if desired.

Note: For testing purposes only, we used A.1. Steak Sauce.