Slow Cooker Beef Spare Ribs–fall off the bone tender spare ribs served with gravy that seem like a lot of effort but are actually super easy and hands off.
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Slow Cooker Beef Spare Ribs
On our weekly date to Winco ;), my husband and I spotted some beef spare ribs. He suggested that it would be a good thing to try in the slow cooker. I’ve made pork baby back ribs quite a few times in the slow cooker so I figured that beef spare ribs would be similar. They were similar. Super easy to make and they get super duper tender. There’s really no need to spend a lot of time slaving over the grill when you can just pop these babies into the crockpot. Of course, you can always end the cooking process on the grill to get the texture you like.
If you like meat…
What Slow Cooker Did You Use?
To make Slow Cooker Beef Spare Ribs I used my 6 quart oval Kitchenaid slow cooker.* I love this slow cooker. It cooks low and evenly. I love the medium heat choice because most slow cookers that I’ve seen only have the option of cooking on low or high. If you’re going to buy just one slow cooker, this is the one that I recommend.
Fall off the bone tender spare ribs that seem like a lot of effort but are actually super easy and hands off.
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 3 pounds beef spare ribs
- 1 cup beef broth
- 1 Tbsp tomato paste
- 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- Optional: 2 Tbsp cornstarch + 2 Tbsp cold water
- In a small bowl combine the salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder. Cut the ribs into 4 or more smaller sections so that they will fit inside the slow cooker. Rub the seasonings on the ribs.
- Add broth, tomato paste and vinegar into the slow cooker. Stir a bit.
- Stack the ribs inside the slow cooker like books on a shelf.
- Cover and cook on low for about 8 hours or until tender.
- Open the slow cooker and remove the ribs with tongs. Set aside. If you want, make a gravy with the juices that remain in the pot. Pour the juices into a saucepan. Heat the pan on the stove over medium heat. Stir together 2 Tbsp of cold water with 2 Tbsp of cornstarch until smooth. Whisk the mixture into the pot until the sauce thickens.
- Serve ribs with gravy.
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