SO YUMMY! Easy, cheap and delicious! Soaked my beans the night before and grilled the ribs outside in the morning. Dumped the entire thing in the slow cooker and went to work. Delicious meal for a chilly evening. Husband raved! Have made this several times and it is always a hit.
Spicy-Sweet Ribs and Beans
Slow cookers don't brown food, so here we broil the ribs for extra flavor before adding them to the pot. Serve with cornbread and a simple green salad with creamy Italian or ranch dressing.
Yield: Makes 8 servings
- 2 (16-ounce) cans pinto beans, drained
- 4 pounds country-style pork ribs, trimmed
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 (10.5-ounce) jar red jalapeño jelly
- 1 (18-ounce) bottle hickory-flavored barbecue sauce
- 1 teaspoon green hot sauce
- Place beans in a 5-quart electric slow cooker; set aside.
- Cut ribs apart; sprinkle with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Place ribs on a broiling pan.
- Broil 5 1/2 inches from heat 18 to 20 minutes or until browned, turning once. Add ribs to slow cooker, and sprinkle with onion.
- Combine jelly, barbecue sauce, and hot sauce in a saucepan; cook over low heat until jelly melts. Pour over ribs; stir gently.
- Cover and cook at HIGH 5 to 6 hours or at LOW 9 to 10 hours. Remove ribs. Drain bean mixture, reserving sauce. Skim fat from sauce. Arrange ribs over bean mixture; serve with sauce.
- Note: For testing purposes only, we used Kraft Thick 'n Spicy Hickory Smoke Barbecue Sauce and Tabasco Green Pepper Sauce.
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