Amazing BBQ Ribs

    5 hours 10 min

    This is an adapted family recipe. It is a lot of work, but worth the effort. If you do not have a slow cooker, you can bake the ribs for 2 to 3 hours, covered, in the oven.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 2.75kg pork ribs
    • 1 pinch black pepper
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 1 pinch crushed red chilli
    • 1L BBQ sauce
    • 2 (330ml) bottles stout, room temperature

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:4hr40min  ›  Ready in:5hr10min 

    1. Cut ribs into small portions of 2 or 3 bones each. Bring a large pot of water to the boil. Season water a pinch each of salt, black pepper and crushed red chilli to the water. Boil ribs in seasoned water for 20 minutes. Drain, and let the ribs sit for about a half an hour.
    2. Meanwhile, preheat an outdoor BBQ for high heat.
    3. Lightly coat the ribs with BBQ sauce. Cook the ribs over high heat for a 5 to 10 minutes on each side to get a nice barbecued look to them.
    4. Place BBQ ribs in a slow cooker. Pour remaining BBQ sauce and one bottle of stout over the ribs; this should cover at least half of the ribs. Cover, and cook on High for 3 hours. Check ribs every hour or so, and add more stout if needed to dilute sauce. Stir to get the ribs on top into the sauce. The ribs are done when the meat is falling off the bone. The ribs were cooked completely in the first process, the rest is about flavour and texture.

    Cook's note

    If you add too much stout, the sauce will get very thin. It is best to drink most of the second bottle.

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    I'm in the deep south where bbq ribs are highly scrutinized. After cooking ribs this way, I wouldn't cook them any way else, and I've had ribs that were not cooked this way and they don't fall off the bone as easily, believe me it ain't a pretty sight. I skipped the grill because it's kaput right now, went straight after the boil to the oven and they turned out delicious & tender, finger-lickin good. I drank the beer instead and it made the recipe that much better!  -  30 Jul 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I opted not to boil the ribs, I think this takes away from the flavor. So I cooked them in the crock pot with other ing. on low for about two hour checking to make sure they did not start falling apart. I then drained grease from crockpot and let the ribs rest on paper towels for about 30 minutes while getting the grill ready. When the grill was hot we cooked them for about eight minutes, four minutes on each side and brushed them with BBQ sauce, I then added them back to crockpot with BBQ sauce and we used Miller beer. Make sure you use a good BBQ sauce like Jack Daniels, Famous Daves, etc. if you use the cheap brands like kraft etc. you will not get the full flavor of BBQ. These turned out finger lickin, fall of the bone, drop dead good. Thanks for the post.  -  29 Jul 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I always make these (actually the same recipe) using a coke, but being a beer lover, who am I to pass this up? I skipped the whole pre-cook thing & just stuck them in the crock pot (on low) for about 5 hours and they were so tender that I could pull the bone out without a problem. I used Bubba's Best BBQ Sauce (from this site) with this. Thanks Scotty!  -  25 Jan 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)