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How to Make Ribs in a Crock-Pot in 4 Hours

author image Jennifer Loucks
Jennifer Loucks has been writing since 1998. She previously worked as a technical writer for a software development company, creating software documentation, help documents and training curriculum. She now writes hobby-based articles on cooking, gardening, sewing and running. Loucks also trains for full marathons, half-marathons and shorter distance running. She holds a Bachelor of Science in animal science and business from University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
How to Make Ribs in a Crock-Pot in 4 Hours
A plate of cooked ribs. Photo Credit: Bogdanhoda/iStock/Getty Images

Spare ribs cook in a Crock-Pot with moist heat for tender meat that you can cut with a fork. Crock-Pot ribs require little prep time, and do not heat up the house like oven-cooked ribs. Spare ribs have little meat around the bone, making it difficult to check the internal temperature. The ribs are at a safe temperature when the meat pulls away from the bone, at about 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Step 1

Mix balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, brown sugar, chili powder, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Set the sauce aside.

Step 2

Cut the ribs into sections of three ribs with a sharp knife to speed the cooking time with more surface area on the meat.

Step 3

Pour the olive oil into a large skillet and heat it on medium-high. Place the rib sections into the skillet and brown the meat for two minutes. Flip the ribs with tongs and brown the other side for an additional two minutes.

Step 4

Take the ribs out of the skillet with the tongs and put one layer into the bottom of the Crock-Pot. Brush the ribs generously with the sauce. Repeat with each layer until all the ribs are in the pot. Pour any remaining sauce over top of the ribs.

Step 5

Cover the Crock-Pot and turn it to the "High" setting. Cook the ribs for four hours, or until the meat falls off the bone.

Step 6

Check the internal temperature in a thick area of one rib to verify it is 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 7

Remove the ribs to a platter. Make additional sauce to serve with the ribs.

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