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Easy Awesome Slow-Cooker Ribs

Easy Awesome Slow-Cooker Ribs

On a day like today, it’s quite nice to be sat at your desk and then inwardly hi-five yourself for bunging something in the slow cooker before work. My 7am self was definitely less happier; one eye of mascara on, a toddler yelling because I gave him the wrong spoon with his breakfast and a half dressed being who looked more like Mowgli than a school child. And then I had given myself the task of the bloody slow cooker. As I smeared concealer under my eyes and gulped my lukewarm tea, I told myself “the slow cooker will be worth it, 6pm self will thank you for it”.

And boy, she did.

Every time I cook ribs, I have the same panic and cook around 7000 more than we actually need, because in my eyes, they are merely bones and I imagine how incredibly sad I’d be at dinner time, just picking a few strands of chewy meat off a bone. This time though, Andrew did the shopping and got a haul of super-juicy ribs from the butchers. Its a few quid more, but the difference is 100% worth it. And if you’re not me, you’ll actually even out the cost because you realistically won’t eat as many as you think. I had three and was stuffed. And I’m a right greedy pig.

You will need:

  • a 7am self
  • A slow cooker
  • Good quality ribs
  • veg stock cube
  • tsp black peppercorns
  • 2 bay leaves
  • half a pint of cold water

Wake your 7am self. Put ribs in slow cooker (turn the slow cooker ON… I almost forgot). Crumble in the stock cube, add water, bay and peppercorns. Cook on low for 6-7 hours. My slow cooker just clicks to ‘keep warm’ after the cooking time is up.

When you’re home from work, perhaps with kids hanging off every limb, inhale the amazing porky wafts coming from the kitchen and prepare to celebrate. Actually, prepare to peel and slice a few sweet potatoes, chop them into chips, toss them in oil and lay them on a baking tray. Cook for 20 mins on gas mark 6/200°C. Maybe boil some sweetcorn from the freezer or if you’re super fancy, a corn on the cob each. 10 minutes before the sweet potatoes are ready, carefully lift the ribs from the slow cooker, onto a rack over a roasting tin. Drench them in BBQ sauce and pop them in the over to crisp up a little. Make sure your 6pm recognises your efforts, by following with a Netflix marathon.


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