Learn to make flavorful, fall apart tender beef ribs in the crock pot!
With the temperatures still sweltering but comfort food season coming up fast, these savory beef ribs are the perfect bridge food to help us cross over into comfort food season, without heating up the kitchen or requiring us to stand over a grill. One of my favorite ways to slow cook meat is by using a combination of bottled bbq sauce, fresh lemon, fresh onion, and a bottle or can of coca cola. Each ingredient plays a key role in tenderizing and infusing the meat with flavor and the blend of the four together is finger licking good.
Of course, being able to toss and go makes this an even better recipe. Throw it in before you head out for the day and have a barbecue feast waiting when you come home!
If you want the recipe, scroll down until you see the printable recipe card. If you have time to visit a spell, keep reading.
Many of you know that we moved our son off to college a little over a week ago. He is attending the University of North Alabama as part of their Honors College program. With him being my oldest, this was our first experience having one leave the nest and I was expecting it to be pretty difficult after seeing so many tearful goodbyes from other moms on Facebook and such. I kept waiting on it to hit because throughout the process leading up to this moment I had felt nothing but peace and confidence about Brady going off and his choice of university.
I kept waiting, thinking surely it would hit me and the tears would flow. Move in was hectic and smooth at the same time. We had an assigned move in time, pulled into a line of cars and gave them our name, and when we reached the front of the line hoards of UNA volunteers came to the car with rolling bins. Within fifteen minutes our cars were unloaded and all of Brady’s things were in his dorm room just waiting to be unpacked. It was a whirlwind, but a wonderful whirlwind!
We helped him get everything put away and organized and by that point Ricky was starving to death so we went to the cafeteria for supper together before heading out. Would you believe I actually forgot to get photos of Brady in his room? I didn’t even take a single family photo that day. Guess what else I didn’t do? I didn’t cry. Not one single tear was shed, not one single pain was felt in my heart. Instead, all day long, I was just so proud – both of him and for him, to get to have this opportunity. I kept looking at him and thinking “He’s ready for this. He’s a wonderful young man with a good head on his shoulders and a heart of gold and he’s so ready for this”. Of course it helps that I know how this university works, I know many of the staff members and I know that folks jokingly refer to it as “the happiest place on earth”. I lived there myself once upon a time so I know this to be true.
And so, at the end of the day, Ricky and I said our goodbyes. The drive home still saw no tears and later that evening, we took cups of coffee out onto the back porch and sat down beside one another with a sense of satisfaction and renewed awareness of our blessings.
The first day of school arrived the following week and that morning, Brady sent me a text with this photo.
My heart swelled up a bit but my eyes remained dry. He may have left the nest but he hasn’t forgotten it, or that there is a Mama bird whose heart still beats along with the rhythm of his own.
Yup. He’s ready for this.
(the cast is new but that is a story for a post on his blog one of these days!)
Now let us make some ribs, because I’m ready for supper.
You’ll need: Country beef ribs (or ribs of your choice), bottle of bbq sauce, onion, can or bottle of Coca Cola, and lemon.
Place all ingredients in a 6 quart slow cooker.
(As long as your ribs will easily fit in this slow cooker, the amount of ingredients are the same)
Cook this on low, 7-8 hours or high, 3-4 hours.
I prefer to go on the longer end of cooking time so that the meat is extra tender so for me that would be low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.
Yum! There is so much flavor in this fall apart tender beef!
Enjoy! I like to serve these with Perfect Roasted Vegetables to keep the meal low fuss and delicious.
- Country Beef Ribs or ribs of your choice
- 18 ounce Bottle Spicy BBQ Sauce or bbq sauce of your choice, reserve ½ cup.
- 1 Lemon quartered
- 1 Onion chopped or quartered
- 10-12 ounces Coca Cola
- Place ribs in bottom of slow cooker. Pour sauce over (reserve about 1/2 cup). Pour coke over. Toss in lemon and onion. Cook on low 7-8 hours or high, 3-4.
- Serve with reserved bbq sauce for dipping or topping.
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Parents have no greater responsibility in this world than the bringing up of their children in the right way, and they will have no greater satisfaction as the years pass than to see those children grow in integrity and honesty and make something of their lives.
~Gordon B. Hinckley