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.