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It’s no lie that we love our slow cooker. This magic tool helps us make delicious meals without working over a hot stove! This recipe for boneless ribs is beyond succulent, thanks to the meat’s long cooking in its juices, but it loses none of the flavor of grilled meat. Whether you cook on low for eight hours or high for four hours, you can take comfort in the fact that the boneless meat means there won’t be a mess when your family finishes eating.

Sticky Ribs

Serves 4

20 minutes prep; 4-8 hours inactive

  • 4 pounds boneless beef or pork ribs, country style
  • 1 1/2 cups barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 4  cloves garlic, minced
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon sugar, or to taste, optional
  • rice, for serving
  1. Mix the minced garlic, applesauce and barbecue sauce together. Add a little water if the mix is too sticky to pour. (Don't overdo this, as slow cooking does not allow water to evaporate.)
  2. Season ribs with salt, pepper and sugar to taste, rubbing in well. Layer them in the bottom of a pre-heated slow cooker pot.
  3. Pour the sauce onto the meat, stirring well to ensure all ribs are coated. Place the lid on the slow cooker, and cook for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low.
  4. Remove the meat from the cooking liquid, and serve it with rice or your favorite side.

Recipe adapted from