I am a huge fan of slow cooker meals. I didn’t used to be. But then I had kids with schedules and organization became key in my household.
I’ve been caught, more often than I’d care to admit, with my proverbial ‘pants down’ when 5pm rolls around and the kids are hovering in the kitchen, waiting for some sign of dinner being readied. To avoid the dinner dilemma, I turn to one of my favorite cook books: Jean Paré’s Company’s Coming Slow Cooker Recipes. This thing is dog-eared and marked up with my comments so I know which dinners were family favorites and which require cooking-time adjustments. I’ve made everything from a whole chicken with stuffing to meatloaf to lasagne, mulled cider to dessert puddings.
Perhaps my favorite, go-to recipe is the barbecued spareribs. Probably because it has three ingredients and requires 5 minutes of prep work. The house smells of smoky, barbecue goodness and just feels cozy and warm as the ribs sizzle away all afternoon. Add a salad and maybe some potatoes or rice and bam! Dinner’s ready and you are a kitchen champ in the eyes of your adoring children!
- Take 3 lbs of pork spareribs and cut them into 2-rib sections
- Slice one medium onion
- Dig a bottle of your favorite smoky barbecue sauce out of the pantry (or make a quick run to the grocery store, as I had to do!)
- In a 3 1/2 quart slow cooker, layer 1/2 the ribs, 1/2 the onion and 1/2 the BBQ sauce and repeat. Cover. Cook on Low for 10-12 hours or on High for 5-6 hours.
What’s your favorite slow-cooker recipe?