Crockpot Challenge: Country-style Pork RIbs

 
Avatar Matriarchy
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Let's get this forum started! I love a good crockpot recipe, and certain foods just seem made for slow cooking. Those inexpensive country-style boneless pork ribs, for instance.

I often put some in the crockpot with a can or two of beans and some BBQ sauce, and in a few hours I have porky-beany goodness that I spice up with brown sugar, ginger, mustard, and pepper.

Who has a good crockpot recipe using country ribs?
 
Avatar Eunice
183 posts
well...i don't really do pork nor do i possess a crockpot in my little kitchen space but i did just borrow a book from the library on casseroles called Bake until Bubbly: the ultimate casserole cookbook. does that count as contributing to your forum...or am i disqualified. (^-^)
 
Avatar Matriarchy
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No crockpot?! (gasp!) I understand the porklessness (you being a vegetarian and all), but no crockpot? It's Un-American.

Just kidding! I have a small kitchen, too, so I understand the need to evaluate the utility of each item before awarding it a piece of the precious space. I didn't use my crockpot much until a year or two ago. Then I had a time when my oven didn't work, and I "rediscovered" it. Now I use it once or twice a week, usually to keep us in soup. I have just a smaller 4-qt model, but I am watching for a bigger one at the yard sales. I want to make bigger batches for freezing and potlucks. I like it for summer cooking, too - you can braise and stew without heating up the whole oven. I can make a batch of apple butter without taking up a burner. You can make a week's worth of oatmeal overnight, but as I think about it, I mostly use it for cooking cheap cuts of meat that want braising, so it might be of limited use to a veghead. :-)

"Bake until Bubbly" sounds very good. Who can resist "bubbly"? I will order it up from the library. I could use more casseroles in my repertoire (and my freezer).
 
Avatar Melissa Capps
1 posts
apple butter? i wanna learn how to make that, my daughter just luvs the stuff and its getting a bit expensive at the rate she is eating it. the ribs sound great too!
 
Avatar Matriarchy
36 posts
Apple butter starts with apple sauce. I make this one:
No-added-sugar Applesauce

Then, you basically add a lot of spices and cook it on low for a long time to get apple butter. If you do it on the stove, you have to tend it, stirring every so often to keep it from burning on the bottom. In a crockpot, you can walk away and come back in 8 or 10 hours! Here are some instructions - you can make less than the 9 quarts they start with here:
Croclpot Apple Butter

I just made pear butter the other night, after I got 5# of over-ripe pears:
Pear Butter
They cooked down to about 3 cups of pear butter. I did it on the stove, while I was cooking a lot of other stuff, so I could stir it, but I could easily have put it in the crockpot and left it alone.

I love me some crockpotting. :-)
 
Avatar Eunice
183 posts
i heard that the crockpot is the perfect tool for making effortless polenta.

but in regards to your pork/crockpot post, came across this article from LA Times. it's Cuban so it sorta' covers "country-style", just from another country...and they're shoulders i/o ribs. with orange zest and lemon and orange juice seem to be a rather interesting. tossed in with garlic, onion, oregano, cumin, chili pepper and bay leaves rounding up the flavor palette. oh yeah, plus the 5# of pork...if you're into that sorta' stuff.

Cuban-style pork shoulder
 
Avatar Michael Goldsmith
1 posts
My crockpot gets pulled out for two things; Chili, and keeping one of my little meatball appetizers warm.
 
Avatar Matriarchy
36 posts
For years, my crockpot got pulled out for nothing at all. Now it is a workhorse tool for me. My family likes bean and split pea soups, pulled pork and pulled chicken, sausage sandwiches. I've made my own baked beans, but they come out toothier than canned, and we are used the to the canned texture. I found a cuban-style pork chili last year - yum.
 
Avatar Carolyn Beck
29 posts
I use my crockpot at least 2 times / week for soups, stews, roasts, whole roasting chickens, italian beef, BBQ pork, homemade applesauce, the list goes on and on....

I actually have 3 sizes of crockpots : 6 qt for large family meals, 4 qt for "family of 4" recipes, and a 1-1/2 qt for keeping dips / appetizers warm for entertaining.

All of my kids know how to use the crockpot as well, and they have very happy friends at college when they get a home-cooked meal !!
 
Avatar Janice Cook
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Our crockpot generally gets pulled out for chili (a recipe from a Hannaford's contest - we've never found one as flavorful - I hope to add it online soon). We also have a good spaghetti sauce recipe (again, hopefully to be uploaded soon, just getting started inputting all of my stuff). The crockpot helps us make a big batch to freeze. Also we use it to serve hot apple cider at parties. Other than that, we've had more failures than success stories but I look forward to reading more crockpot recipes as users post them!!
 
Avatar Janice Cook
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the chili recipe is listed in my cookbook as "Hannaford's - Cajun Slow Cooker Chili"
 
Avatar Traci Downing
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Janice...I do need to add some of my slow cooker recipes. Do you have some listed in your recipes?