• Serves: 7
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cooking Time: 4 hours and 15 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy

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 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...


  • 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



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



Here's how it's done...

  • 1

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

  • 2

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

  • 3

    Season the ribs with salt and pepper.

  • 4

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

  • 5

    Put the browned ribs into the slow cooker.

  • 6

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

  • 7

    Serve with part of the sauce on the side.

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By Carole Poirot on 04.04.18

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