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    Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs with Homemade BBQ Sauce

    These fall off the bone slow cooked BBQ ribs are your answer to bad weather this summer!

    Difficulty

    Easy

    Serves

    7

    Prep Time

    10 minutes

    Cooking Time

    4 hours and 15 minutes

    It’s spring and we’re ready to bring out the deckchairs, chilled drinks and the grill for the first big barbeque. However, and that’s a big however, the weather clearly has other plans. Where is Spring?! This Winter seems to have gone on forever! Ok, plan B it is then. Let’s pretend we’re having BBQ ribs that have actually been barbequed – even if they haven’t. The idea is to bring the flavours indoors and to cook them without having to wear a winter coat and carry an umbrella. These ribs are covered in homemade BBQ sauce and can be served with a baguette or sweet potato fries – or anything you fancy really! They’re super easy to make, all you need is some patience to let the slow cooker do its thing.

    Here's what you'll need...

    Sauce:
    250ml tomato passata
    250ml tomato ketchup
    100g dark muscovado sugar
    50g black treacle
    150ml red wine vinegar
    1tsp smoked paprika
    1/2tsp salt
    1/2tsp garlic powder
    1/4tsp chilli powder
    1/4tsp mustard powder

    Ribs:
    1kg spare ribs
    homemade BBQ sauce
    salt & pepper
    1tbsp olive oil

    Here's how it's done...

    Step 1

    Put all the ingredients for the sauce into a saucepan. Bring to a boil.

    Step 2

    Keep the sauce on a rolling boil for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Take off the heat and set aside.

    Step 3

    Season the ribs with salt and pepper.

    Step 4

    Pour the olive oil into a large pan and heat it. Add the ribs and brown them from all sides.

    Step 5

    Put the browned ribs into the slow cooker.

    Step 6

    Top with the sauce. Put on a high heat for 4 hours.

    Step 7

    Serve with part of the sauce on the side.