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Easy Barbecue Slow Cooker Ribs

Greg always says he wants to find the perfect chili recipe, the perfect rib recipe (I think he wants to be ready if asked to participate in a cook-off or something). So when I came across this recipe one day on a blog called Mmm…if for Mommy, I knew we had to try it.  I liked it because we had most ingredients in our pantry, and the little oven worked required was actually after the 6 to 8 hours in the slow cooker (perfect if you want to prepare them on a weeknight).
1.5 tbsp sweet paprika
1 tbsp light brown sugar, lightly packed
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper to taste, approx. 1 tsp each
2 lbs pork (baby) back ribs – leave the membrane on the ribs to help hold them together
1 cup barbecue sauce (I used Diana’s rib sauce)
Vegetable oil spray
Mix the first five ingredients in a small bowl and rub all over the ribs.  Then place the ribs standing up along the sides of the slow cooker (see picture), meaty side down and facing outwards.  Pour the barbecue sauce all over the ribs, cook for 6 to 8 hours on low.
Once the slow cooking is done, carefully remove the ribs and place them on a foil-lined baking sheet with a rack place on top and sprayed with vegetable oil, place ribs bone side up, set aside as oven preheats on broil (place oven rack approximately 10 inches from the broiler element).  In the meantime, strain sauce (using a mesh strainer) from slow cooker removing all excess fat, place into a saucepan, and bring to a boil, and then reduce heat by one-third for approximately 15 minutes.  Brush sauce on ribs with and place in oven for approximately for 3 to 4 minutes.  Remove ribs from oven, flip ribs over, brush again with sauce and place back in oven for another 9 minutes (brushing them with sauce a couple of times throughout).  Serve remaining sauce as a side.
These ribs were fall-off-the-bone good, and we would definitely make them again.  I think I would experiment a little with the barbecue sauce we use, I think that is where the goodness lies.~kM


Slow Cooker Sausage Sloppy Joes

Sometimes it’s fun to be a kid again and get a little messy, and there is a no better suppertime meal like Sloppy Joes that let’s you get down and dirty.
I don’t love grocery shopping, but I do love getting the ingredients I need for a great Sunday dinner, especially one that can be done in the slow cooker.  Relaxing on a Sunday afternoon, as dinner simmers and fills the house with wonderful smells is the best way to end the weekend (and distract me from what some of us like to call depression Sundays).
This Sausage Sloppy Joe recipe from Canadian Living required browning the meat before mixing all the ingredients in the slow cooker and turning it on, not always ideal if you want to make this meal before leaving for work, but on this day I had the time.  I usually find this to be a turn-off, I don’t want to cook before I put everything into the slow cooker, doesn’t that defeat the purpose?  Anyways, besides the 20 minutes of prep, including chopping onions, mushrooms and red pepper, this recipe is actually pretty easy.
The recipe calls for four to six hours in the slow cooker on low or until the sauce is thick enough to mound on a spoon.  After close to six hours (and warning Greg many times not to open the lid), it looked like we were good to pile this sausage and beef mixture on our buns.  We opted for the PC Blue Menu Thins – Whole Grain Round White Buns as we’re not fans of too much bread, we’d rather taste the Sloppy Joe, paired with a side salad and it was a little bit of kid mixed with a little bit of adult.
We’ve done Sloppy Joes (sometimes referred to as Sloppy Kelly’s) before and cheated with a can of Manwich.  However this version was hearty and chunky with all the veggies included (although we couldn’t really taste the sausage), yet it was still messy and napkin worthy, making the Sloppy Joe of our past seem amateur. ~kM