It’s a beautiful chilly and sunny day here in Utah. The snow is sparkling white, the sun is out and it signals a beautiful winter day. The kind of day to break out the slow cooker and let the house fill with the aroma of barbecued ribs. It’s a bit too cold to fire up the grill and with a bunch of snow on the ground, I’m not keen on standing in the snow. Using what ingredients I had on hand, I made a sweet sauce for some St. Louis whiskey barbecue ribs.
If you’re not familiar with St. Louis style (sometimes called Kansas City Cut), it’s simply this. They are spareribs with the gristly tips cut off. I thought it was more complicated then that, but there it is. Hubby loves ribs and we usually smoke or grill them. Ribs are not usually associated with a slow cooker, but with this amazing sauce it worked. While Hubby and I spent the day unpacking all the boxes we had shipped from California, the slow cooker did all the work and dinner was ready when we were done.
Slow Cooker Whiskey Barbecue Ribs
- 4 Medium cloves garlic (minced)
- 1/2 Medium yellow onion (chopped)
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon Grandma Sandino Sicilian Sauce
- 2 tablespoons Beaver Sweet Honey Mustard
- 1 1/3 cup KC Masterpiece Honey Barbecue Sauce
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/4 cup Wild Turkey 101 Whiskey
- 3 3/4lb St. Louis Style Pork Ribs
- Salt and Pepper to taste
One thing to note; if your ribs are a bit fatty (and some can be), brown them in a skillet first to render the fat there and not in your sauce. Also if you don’t have Grandma Sandino’s sauce, you can use a garlic marinade. They are a local Utah company and they don’t have an online store yet. If you want some lip smakin’ sauce for your ribs, this is it. It had a nice sweet taste which I felt complimented the meat well. It’s a 2-3 napkin dinner and drool worthy for sure! This recipe would also make a great one to serve at a game day party or even an outdoor barbecue. Make the ribs in the slow cooker and use the grill for corn on the cob or hot dogs for the kids.
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