Sweet and Tangy Slow Cooker Bar-B-Q Pork Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Sweet and Tangy Slow Cooker Bar-B-Q Pork Recipe
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Sweet and Tangy Slow Cooker Bar-B-Q Pork

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"This is an easy recipe using boneless country-style pork ribs. Just throw it together in the morning, and you're set! I like to serve this with baked beans, corn, and garlic bread."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    8 hrs

    8 hrs 15 mins


  1. In a bowl, mix the ketchup, chili sauce, water, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, Dijon mustard, chili powder, garlic powder, celery seed, black pepper, and brown sugar.
  2. Place the pork ribs in a slow cooker, and layer with onion and red bell pepper. Pour sauce into the slow cooker.
  3. Cover, and cook 8 hours on Low.
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  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 20, 2007

Great new way to prepare Pork Ribs. After reading other reviews, I browned the ribs in the oven at 400 degrees for 10 minutes on each side to help reduce the fat content. This worked great as I had no fat anywhere left in the sauce at the end. I then replaced the ketchup with bbq sauce (don't like ketchup), reduced the water to 2 tablespoons. I didn't have any celery seed so elimated that along with the sliced onions and red bell pepper. I also rotated the ribs halfway through the cooking to make sure all were evening covered. My husband absolutely loved them (we had no leftovers!!) Thanks MITCH103 for a new and easy way to prepare bar-b-que pork ribs!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 13, 2010

I hate to be the one giving a bad review here, but.... I didn't care for this at all. My fiance ate what was on his plate, but I think he did so because he didn't care for any of the sides I served with with dinner (it was BBQ night at our house - BBQ pork, Spicy Southwestern Slaw, Mom's Mustard Potato Salad & garlic bread). :( It was the sauce that snubbed me. It wasn't bad, but I've had better (sorry!). For one, I found it to be way too sweet. Since Western-style ribs were on sale this week ($.99 lb.), I chose to use them instead of boneless country ribs (but mine were bonless also...). I cut each rib in half and then boiled for 20-30 minutes as others suggested. My sauce was not greasy at all (a plus), and actually thickened somewhat! My only other change was omitting the red pepper (I didn't have one, it seemed out of place and I don't like the taste/texture of cooked peppers anyways). All in all, this was OK, but nothing to write home about. When I want ribs, I'll just grill 'em. Thanks for sharing anyways, What a Dish! :-)

Aug 19, 2007

Wow!! This is great. I made it last Sunday and my husband requested it again this weekend. He is telling everyone about it. What is great about the sauce is that it is slightly sweet and tangy and has the perfect spice to it as well. I use Frank's hot sauce which is tangy as well and quadruple the amount. I also substituted teriaki sauce instead of worcesthire (as my husband hates it). I didn't have celery seed and eliminated it. I do think it's better the same day. I pre-boiled my ribs to get rid of the fat and boy do you! It also cuts down on the cook time. I leave it on high for about 15-20 min and then turn to low for the remainder of 6 hours. Yummy! I did not feel that the onion and pepper overpowered the dish. One warning!! Make a double batch. It's so good that you will be disappointed if you don't. Also - You can use half the water. Thanks for a great recipe.

Jun 29, 2006

After reading the other reviews, I added a simple first step ... I boiled the ribs for 30 minutes ... that fat made its way to the top of the water and not into my slow cooker ... lots of ingredients here, but absolutely great flavor ... too easy not to do again ...

Nov 14, 2005

lord have mercy. Unbelievable.

Oct 06, 2007

This is the best tasting bbq sauce ever. I have done it with pork chops in a slow cooker, shredded pork, chicken. I can now just put the ingredience in without measuring and you can't mess it up. It seems like a lot of stuff but it takes no time to whip it up and pour it in. If your out of one of the spices it still comes out great!!!!

Apr 30, 2006

I too noticed that this produced a lot of fat... It's pork afterall. After 8 hours, I took out the meat and shredded it. Removed the sauce and separated the fat. I threw all but the fat back in the cooker and let it marinate for 30 more minutes. Perfection!

Dec 29, 2008

Absolutely AMAZING! This was my first time eating ribs, let alone making them and I think I'm hooked! This recipe must be great because my ribs had been shoved to the back on my freezer and were horrifically freezer burnt. They came out of the slow cooker falling apart, moist, and tasting amazing. I skipped the peppers/onions and had to use regular mustard when I realized I was out of dijon. I boiled the ribs for 30 minutes and didn't see an ounce of fat in my sauce when these were done. I cooked the ribs on high for 1 hour and on low for 5. Perfection! This is such a great recipe; I'll be recommending it to everyone! Thank you!


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  • Calories
  • 409 kcal
  • 20%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 34.3 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 102 mg
  • 34%
  • Fat
  • 18.1 g
  • 28%
  • Fiber
  • 1.7 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 28.4 g
  • 57%
  • Sodium
  • 938 mg
  • 38%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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