This week has been the busiest week of my life. Which has left me exhausted, sore and in need of a break. Thank goodness today is a PA day for the kids. We've declared it Pajama day and plan to watch movies all day. A busy week, calls for easy dinners. During an impromptu trip to the grocery store with my girlfriend, I stumbled upon some fabulous pork ribs, in the reduced meat section. Have you ever noticed this section in your grocery store? This is the section where they put the previous days meat, that they need to sell, before having to toss it out. Still perfectly good meat, but give it another day or two on the store shelves, and they'd be taking a chance at selling it. I always find something fantastic in that section. Whether is turkey breast, chops or pork ribs, I love getting great cuts of meat at 40% off. I throw them into the freezer when I get home, or use them the same day I purchase them. No harm, no foul.
Since I was going to be at school all afternoon on Wednesday, I seasoned up my ribs and placed them in my crock pot. When the kids and I walked through the door after school, the house smelled heavenly. I preheated the grill, slathered the tender ribs with BBQ sauce and grilled them for a few minutes on the grill. These ribs were so tender and falling off the bone. Mr.B couldn't stop raving about how good they were. Even Queenie who isn't a big rib fan, ate her helping. I love dinners that taste so good, but come together in a snap thanks to my good ole crock pot!
Crock Pot Maple BBQ Lime Pork Ribs
1- 1 1/2 lb rack of pork ribs (membrane removed from the back)
1/4 C brown sugar
1/2 tsp Chili Lime Rub (Pampered Chef)*
1/2 tsp Three Onion Rub (Pampered Chef)*
1/2 tsp Chipotle Rub (Pampered Chef)*
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 C BBQ sauce
1/4 C Maple Syrup
In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, Chili Lime Rub, Three Onion Rub, Chipotle Rub and salt. Cut rack of ribs in three pieces, to fit the crock pot. Generously rub seasoning mix onto pieces of ribs. Taking foil, make 3-4 large balls and place them in the bottom of a 6 qt crock pot Lay ribs over the foil, cover and cook on low for 6-8 hrs.
Once the ribs are tender and cooked through, preheat your grill to 400 degrees. In a second small bowl, mix together the BBQ sauce and maple syrup. Slather one side of the cooked ribs with the maple BBQ sauce and place sauce side down onto the grill. Slather the second side of the ribs with sauce. Let ribs cook for 2 minutes, flip slather with remaining sauce and cook for another 2 minutes.
* a combination of 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp chipotle powder, 1/2 tsp chili powder and the zest one lime can be substituted for the Pampered Chef seasonings.
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