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Slow-Cooked Baby Back Ribs

Prep time 4 hrs
Cook time 8 mins
Yield 6 Servings
Start these fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs in the slow cooker, then baste with a sweet-and-smoky homemade sauce and grill until nicely charred.  Serve with steak fries. 


  • 2 racks baby back ribs (about 5 lb.)
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 (1 lb.) bag frozen steak fries
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup apricot or peach jam
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar

Nutrition Information

  • calories 994
  • fat 62 g
  • satfat 24 g
  • protein 48 g
  • carbohydrate 49 g
  • fiber 3 g
  • cholesterol 215 mg
  • sodium 862 mg

How to Make It

  1. Cut rib slabs into 3-rib sections and arrange in a slow cooker with ribs standing vertically. Pour water into slow cooker, cover and cook for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low. Transfer ribs to a large platter.

  2. Cook frozen steak fries according to package directions. Set aside and keep warm.

  3. Prepare grill or preheat broiler. Stir together ketchup, jam, honey, soy sauce and vinegar. Brush sauce on top and bottom of rib sections. Grill ribs, covered, over medium-high flame until nicely charred, about 8 minutes. (If you are using a broiler, place ribs on a foil-lined baking sheet under broiler until crispy.)

  4. Pour remaining sauce over ribs and serve with warm steak fries.