I am a newlywed who is trying her luck in the kitchen. I had never made ribs before so I was nervous. I needed a recipe that only required a few ingredients, so this was perfect. Don't be scared by the broiling thing before sticking them into the slow cooker - this almost made me look for a different recipe, as I had never broiled anything before either and thought it might be too many "firsts". You don't need them to "brown" as the instructions say - this confused me - just leave them for about 5 minutes each side. Easy.
After broiling, I put 3 pounds of baby back ribs in the slow cooker with onions on low heat for 3 hours, then added the barbecue sauce. You don't need 18 ounces, seemed like way too much. I also didn't use the water. I kept cooking on low another 2 hours. The hubs called to say he would be home early, so even though the recipe called for 8 hours on low, I just decided to cook it on high for another hour and a half. It worked great, and before serving them I took the advice of other reviewers and broiled each side again for 5 minutes each, generously applying bbq sauce.
I must say they turned out great, so much better than I expected, especially for my first try!! And I didn't even follow the recipe exactly, ahhh the magic of slow cookers. Will definitely make these again.
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I am a newlywed who is trying her luck in the kitchen. I had never made ribs before so I was...