THIS WAS OUR DINNER TONIGHT.
WE HAD PEOPLE OVER AND I ONLY HAD THE 2LBS OF RIBS SO I HAD TO STRETCH THE MEAL--
WE HAD SALAD AND BAKED POTATOES AND APPLESAUCE. IT WAS PERFECT!
This was the winner as far as the other "experiments" of the week go. The meat fell off the bone and the flavor was yummy.
(photo and recipe from http://www.mmmisformommy.com)
1.5 tbsp sweet paprika
1 tbsp light brown sugar, lightly packed
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
S&P to taste (about 1 tsp each)
2 lbs pork baby back ribs
1 cup barbecue sauce
Vegetable oil spray.
In a small bowl, mix together paprika, brown sugar, cayenne and S&P. Rub this mixture all over both sides of your ribs well. Arrange ribs in the slow cooker by standing them up against the wall of the stoneware pot, thicker side down and meaty side against the pot. Pour barbecue sauce over the ribs, cover and cook for 6-8 hours on low (I did 7, they were perfect).
Now comes the only stove/oven work.
Once the initial slow cooking is done, very carefully remove the ribs to a baking pan which you have lined with foil and put a rack on, bone side up. Set to the side.
Skim any fat that has risen to the top and strain all of the remaining juices from the slow cooker through a mesh strainer into a small saucepan. Bring to boil and allow to simmer and reduce by about a third, approximately 15 minutes.
Put your oven's broiler on to heat up and make sure that there is an oven rack about 10 inches below the broiler element. When the broiler is preheated, brush the ribs with sauce and broil for 3 or 4 minutes. Take them out and very carefully flip them over, brush with sauce and broil again, meat side up, for approximately 9 minutes, taking them out once or twice to baste with more sauce.
Serve any remaining sauce on the side with the ribs.