Simple, snackable, tender and remarkably easy, these slow-cooker ribs have just the right combination of sweet heat. Easy to make and finished under the broiler, this is the perfect way to get that BBQ taste all year long!
Many people are surprised that there is no stock added to the ribs in the slow cooker, but BE BRAVE and cook this, as I have without any liquid – I do that because I find that unlike cooking in an oven or on a grill, the slow cooker is gentle enough not to burn the meat.
This rub is a great rich herb mix with a nice balance of sweet, spice and smoke. The sugars slowly caramelize on the ribs as they slow cook creating a beautiful crust. It is then basted with this absolutely amazing mixture of spicy honey and acid. You can use this glaze on grilled chicken or wings too – oh so incredibly tasty!!
So, make up a rack or more of ribs this weekend and experience the joy of deliciously sticky, lick-able fingers!
Hot Honey Ribs
2 racks baby back ribs (about 4 lbs)
4 tablespoons O&V Sweet & Smoky rub *
1 tablespoon mustard powder
2 teaspoons garlic powder
Black pepper to taste
Unflavored EVOO for greasing the slow cooker
1 cup Runamok Chile de arbol honey *
2 tablespoon lime juice
2 tablespoon O&V Apple cider vinegar *
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
In a small bowl combine the Sweet & Smoky rub with the mustard powder and garlic powder, as well as several generous grinds of black pepper.
Remove the thin membrane from the underside of the ribs and pat the ribs dry. Coat the ribs, on both sides, with the spice mixture, patting the spice into the ribs well.
Lightly grease the inside of an 8-quart slow cooker pot with the EVOO. Arrange the ribs in a circle along the edge of the slow cooker with the meaty side of the ribs facing out (against the side of the pot) and the bones pointing upward. Cook until the meat is very tender when flaked with a fork but not falling off the bone (about 6 hours on low or 4 ½ hours on high)
Line a sheet pan with foil. Using tongs, transfer the cooked ribs to the sheet pan with the meaty side facing up. Pre-heat the broiler.
In a bowl, stir together the hot honey, lime juice, apple cider vinegar and chili flakes. Using a basting brush, generously baste the ribs with the honey mixture and broil till the ribs are caramelized (check them regularly, every 30 seconds to prevent burning), rotating them as necessary to get even color. Broil for about 3-4 minutes until well browned
Remove from the oven, sprinkle with some fleur de sel, and drizzle with more honey mixture. If you have any honey leftover, you can serve the ribs with additional honey on the side.
Active time: 15-20 minutes Total Time: 5 – 6 ½ hours
* The Sweet & Smoky Rub has a nice amount of sugar to caramelize over the ribs and a wonderful blend of sweet, spice and smoke. While it will change the flavor of these ribs, you can choose to substitute with another favorite rub.
The Runamok Chile de Arbol hot honey is the star of this dish with its sweet heat. You can pick another spicy honey but be sure to pick something of high quality and intense flavor as this is what makes this dish. Apple cider vinegar along with the lime juice add a nice contrasting tang to the sauce. Both can be purchased at most Oil & Vinegar stores.
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