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Texas-Style Slow Cooker Spare Ribs
Texas-Style Slow Cooker Spare Ribs
Texas-Style Slow Cooker Spare Ribs
Texas-Style Slow Cooker Spare Ribs
CRUX 6Qt Programmable Slow Cooker

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Texas-Style Slow Cooker Spare Ribs

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 15 mins (+ 1 hour marinating time)
Serves: 6


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, divided
  • 2 tsp each kosher salt, ground cumin, paprika and chili powder
  • 1 tsp each pepper, sweet smoked paprika and finely ground coffee
  • 1/2 tsp each garlic powder, onion powder and cayenne pepper
  • 2 racks spare ribs (4 to 5 lb)
  • 1 smoked dried ancho chili pepper
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp grainy mustard
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves


1. Stir together 1 tbsp brown sugar, salt, cumin, paprika, chili powder, pepper, smoked paprika, ground coffee, garlic powder, onion powder and cayenne. Pat ribs dry with paper towel and rub generously all over with spice rub. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.

2. Place chili pepper on microwave-safe dish; microwave on High for 45 to 60 seconds or until fragrant and toasted. Let cool completely. Remove stem and seeds; chop coarsely. Set aside.

3. In bowl, combine ketchup, remaining brown sugar, molasses, vinegar, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce and mustard until combined. Stir in onion, garlic, bay leaves and toasted ancho chili; set aside. Add 1/4 cup water to CRUX 6-Qt Programmable Slow Cooker. Layer ribs in slow cooker; pour barbecue sauce evenly over top. Cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours or until ribs are very tender. Discard bay leaves.

4. Cut ribs into 3-rib portions. Toss with sauce and serve.


  • For extra heat, substitute dried chipotle chili pepper for ancho chili, and increase cayenne pepper to taste.
  • To thicken sauce, cook on HIGH mode for 1 to 2 hours or until desired consistency. Add ribs and toss with sauce; cook until heated through.

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