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Spicy-Sweet Ribs and Beans

Prep time 20 mins
Boil time 20 mins
Cook time 7 mins
Yield Makes 8 servings
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.


  • 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

How to Make It

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

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

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

  4. 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.

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

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