Hey all! After quite a bit of research, I am proud to announce that I have finally purchased my first slow cooker! I know it probably doesn’t sound like the most exciting thing you’ve heard today, but it has been a personal goal of mine for a while; it is simply one of those things that I have always associated with being “grown up.” However, along with the pleasantly warm sensation of feeling validated as a woman, I have also been filled with a bit of both curiosity and fear as I navigate the web in search of the best Paleo-like recipes to try out.
My objective is to have a freezer full of prepped meals that I can simply drop into the slow-cooker and go about my day. So far, I have already gone shopping for the basic food items that I figured I would need, like Chuck Roast, Chicken, and Pork Shoulder. Still, I am on the lookout for a more comprehensive shopping list that I can use as a guide when I venture out to the grocery store.
Nevertheless, my limited experience has not stopped me from firing up at least one quick meal with my new slow-cooker. Last night, I came across a recipe for Barbecue Spare Ribs on SixSisterStuff.com. After reading over it a couple of times, I decided to give it a try. To my surprise, the prep for this meal was so quick I could have sworn I was doing something wrong, but I guess that’s what happens when you are literally throwing things into a pot and then walking away! I must say, I was more than happy to go about my day ad lib, instead of burning daylight while standing over the stove, waiting for my meal to be completed. I walked the dog, went out to dinner with a friend- it was a truly liberating experience!
By the time these were finally done, I could hardly wait to get them out of the pot. They were beautiful, and the ribs were falling off the bone and melt-in-your-mouth good. I think the next time I do ribs, I will try a few different variations of this recipe and see what comes of that, but I am overall very happy with the results of my first slow-cooker meal! And so, without any further a due, here is the recipe I followed (you can also follow the link above to visit the original website:)
1-2 lbs of country-style pork ribs
1 1/2 cups ketchup
1 1/2 Tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning (or seasoned salt)
1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white vinegar
Place pork in resealable gallon-sized freezer bag. Mix remaining ingredients together in a bowl and pour over pork. Mix together in bag and zip closed. When ready to eat, remove from freezer and thaw in fridge for 24 hours. Cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours or LOW for 6-7 hours.
Note: I cooked my ribs for 7 hours and 30 minutes. The instructions with my slow-cooker recommended 7 to 8 hours, so I figured that 7 hours and 30 minutes was a good halfway point between the recipe and the handbook.
Please feel free to give this one a try, and if you happen to have any favorites of your own, please do share! And before I forget, I purchased my Bella Programmable Slow-Cooker from Amazon.com, so if you are interested in reading reviews or purchasing one as well, please click here. I hope to continue to update you all on my culinary adventures as time goes on.
Until next time,