I cannot say enough about how delicious the ribs were that I made a few nights ago. Normally I'm satisfied with a meal, I think I'm a decent cook, but holy cow these were AMAZING.
I made a few small tweaks, but the best part about this recipe is how EASY it was- Minimal ingredients required: apple juice, ribs, BBQ sauce. That's all! Simple right?
I made the mistake of buying mini-apple juice bottles because I didn't think I would need very much for the recipe and we don't drink it. I ended up using them all. Moral of this story is to buy the normal sized bottle: save some money and the plastic.
I went with baby back ribs because they're my favorite, they're tender, and they were on sale. If you prefer spare, St Louis, or Country Style- I'm sure they would work too.
Place ribs in the crockpot. I cut mine so they would all fit as "flat" as possible.
Fully submerge ribs in apple juice.
Cook for 6-8 hours on low, until they look like this:
Now to crisp 'em up, set oven to broil (500°F)
Carefully use tongs to remove ribs from apple juice and place them on a foil lined cookie sheet. I added a thin layer of our favorite BBQ sauce using a brush, just enough to coat.
Broil until edges get charred and BBQ sauce is tacky.
Of course I couldn't serve the BEST ribs without the BEST sides, so I made some cornbread and baked beans.
The cornbread came from Melissa's Southern Cookbook: Tried-and-True Family Recipes that I won from Jamie at Love Bakes Good Cakes!
I can't believe I actually won a contest, I don't have the best luck with instagram or blogging contests but this one I was particularly pleased about because this cookbook is amazing! It would also make an awesome gift, if you're looking for one.
I've already planned out meals for the rest of the week using it. Jamie seemed to enjoy it too, she shared the delicious hushpuppies on her blog. Don't they look incredible?
If you haven't already, you should check it out, AND it's on sale on Amazon right now:
So, to recap if you don't want to read this whole blog post and only visited for the ribs (no shame in that!):
Rack of Ribs, 1 64oz jug of Apple Juice, BBQ sauce of your choice.
Place ribs evenly on the bottom of crockpot.
Pour apple juice over ribs until fully submerged, for my crockpot this was about 8 cups, (the whole jug). Cook 6-8 hours on low.
Heat oven to Broil, (my oven says 500°F)
Carefully Transfer ribs (using tongs) to a foil lined baking sheet and slather with your favorite BBQ sauce. Broil for 8-10 minutes, until sauce is tacky and edges are charred.
Let me know if you try them!This post may include affiliate links. Please see my disclosure.