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How to Slow Cook Country Ribs

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KW Schumer is an award-winning newspaper editor, reporter and writer with more than 15 years of experience working for large, mid-sized and community newspaper companies. She also writes the food blog Chef HJ's Table with her husband, a professional chef and the director and chef-instructor of a culinary school.
How to Slow Cook Country Ribs
Ribs can be an unexpected mid-week dinner when slow cooked all day. Photo Credit: Jupiterimages/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Slow cookers are often associated with winter comfort foods like soups, pot roasts and stews, but using them for summer meals is a good way to keep your kitchen cool. The slow cooker cooks food with moisture over a long period of time, which keeps lean meats like country-style pork ribs -- a summer favorite -- tender. Cooking country-style ribs in a slow cooker takes 6 hours or longer, so you can put them on and go about your day knowing dinner will be ready when you get home.

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Cooking the Ribs

Step 1

Season the country style ribs with salt and pepper. Place the ribs on a broiler pan or into a saute pan with cooking tongs or a spatula.

Step 2

Place the broiler pan under the broiler and broil the ribs 4 inches below the heating element until browned, about 7 to 10 minutes. Alternately, sear the ribs in a small amount of oil on the stove top until brown. Transfer the ribs to the slow cooker.

Step 3

Mix the onions, canned tomatoes or tomato sauce, brown sugar and soy sauce in a mixing bowl. Pour contents of mixing bowl over the ribs.

Step 4

Cook the ribs on low heat for six to eight hours. The ribs are finished cooking when the internal temperature is 145 F.

Step 5

Transfer ribs to a serving platter and allow to rest for 4 minutes before eating.

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