Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Slow Cooker Smoky Apple Butter Ribs

I've been using my slow cooker a lot more these days, on average at least one if not two days a week. There are certain types of foods that are perfectly suited for the slow cooker, soups, stews and meat. These ribs become tender after the long cooking time. This recipe creates perfect, tender delicious ribs. They are flavored with a slight hint of smoke and a sweetness from the apple butter. Be careful with the liquid smoke, too much can overpower the dish!

Crock Pot Smoky Apple Butter Ribs
Recipe adapted from Crock Pot Recipe Exchange

3 lbs boneless pork country-style ribs
¾ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
1 medium onion sliced
½ cup of apple butter
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon liquid smoke
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1. Sprinkle ribs with salt and pepper. In 3 ½ to 4-quart slow cooker, place ribs. Cover with onion slices. In small bowl, mix remaining ingredients, pour over ribs and onion.
2. Cover; cook on Low heat 8-10 hours.
3. Remove ribs from cooker; place on serving platter. Cover to keep warm.
4. Pour juices from cooker through strainer into 1 quart saucepan. Heat to boiling over medium-high heat; reduce heat to medium. Cook about 5 minutes or until sauce has slightly thickened. Serve sauce with ribs.

I am linking this to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, Tasty Tuesday's and Tuesday's at the Table.


  1. Your ribs look meaty and delicious. I do think liquid smoke can be real tricky. I love apple butter and bet it is a nice fit. Thanks Julie!

  2. these look absolutely delicious. I've already printed the recipe, can't wait to make these for my husband....he's gonna love them.

  3. Your ribs look so good! Nice and hearty, and easy to do in the slow cooker! Great recipe!

  4. I love finding a new recipe for my slow cooker and this one relly looks grat.

  5. I really need to get myself a slow cooker cuz I'm really missing out on wonderful dishes like this one. This looks and sounds delicious.

  6. I have made this before and I love it. I like your recipe, mine doesn't have the smoke. I think Bob would like the addition of that flavor. Thanks for sharing!

  7. I can only imagine how wonderful these ribs are! yum!

  8. These look wonderful. can just imagine the flavor. Definitely one for my file!!

  9. I am always looking for delicious slow-cooker recipes. I try and use it on Sunday to have a meal ready when we arrive home from church. Going to note this recipe! Thank you for posting!


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