When my family is on vacation, we tend to stay somewhere with a full kitchen, so we can buy groceries and cook our own meals. Eating out, even just at dinnertime can become very expensive when you're vacationing for 6-7 days or longer. We do bring a lot of items from home, sometimes boxes full of pantry items, and we're known for traveling with our crock pots.
On this particular trip, my mom wanted to make ribs, and found a great recipe to make them in the crock pot. I have to admit, I was skeptical about it, because I didn't even know you could cook an entire rack of ribs in the crock pot. She told me it was simple as could be, so I watched and learned.
Easy Coke Crock Pot Beef Ribs
Stand the up in the crock pot- the ribs will likely make a circle.
Pour 3/4 bottle of cola (Coke, Pepsi) into the crock pot.
Cover with the crock pot lid and cook on low for 8 hours.
After 8 hours, the ribs can go to the warm setting until you're ready to finish them.
Uncover the libs. Remove the ribs from the crock pot, and set aside. Carefully remove the liquid from the crock pot. It's best to ladle it into another bowl and let it cool, before disposing of it.
Place the ribs back into the crock pot. Slather with your choice of BBQ sauce. Use an entire bottle to cover the ribs, letting the sauce run down into the bottom of the crock pot. Cover the ribs with the lid, set the crock pot to the high setting, and cook for an additional hour.
During that final hour of cooking, prepare your sides. We served au gratin potatoes, and steamed broccoli. I used half of that time to help my mom in the kitchen, and then we had 30 minutes to exercise, too!
Yum! Hot ribs, ready to serve!
When the ribs were finished, they were juicy and falling off the bone. We removed them from the crock pot, put them on a plate, and got the wet wipes ready, because we knew we'd all be covered in BBQ sauce after enjoying these yummy ribs!
Serve with your choice of sides, and you've got a yummy rib dinner!
Who needs Tony Roma's when you've got a crock pot? I can't wait to try this recipe on my own. I don't think there's anything I would differently, and this is a meal that can be started before everyone leaves the house in the morning, and can be finished when you come in later in the day. In that last cooking hour, you can help the kids with their homework, walk the dog, throw in a load of laundry, exercise for 20 minutes, or whatever else your heart desires!
I hope you'll give this easy recipe a try. If you haven't used your crock pot in a while, this is a great reason to break it out!
I'd love to hear your thoughts/experience with this recipe, so feel free to leave your comment below!