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Secretly Spicy Crock Pot Ribs

By Marensmorsels @marentweets

Hello. The 49ers just lost… Let me take another sip of pink grapefruit margarita.

……….before the game………………………… during the game…………………………after the game……………

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Yeah. It wasn’t the best day for us SF Bay peeps. But that’s okay because I didn’t really watch the game because I was too busy eating ribs. And getting kicked out of the living room due to loud finger licking… is this a real thing?!

I found a recipe on Jenna’s Blog Eat Live Run for Crock Pot Baby Back Ribs. But they took 7 hours and I was like, NO WAY! I cannot just casually live life while I know delicious ribs are cooking in the kitchen for 7 hours. I’ll go insane and need to lock myself in one of those white crazy-person rooms with the pillows stapled on the walls.

So I got a little creative, had to change an ingredient or two and voila… crock pot ribs, in 5 hours.

Secretly Spicy Crock Pot Ribs

Makes 4 servings. Takes 5 hours. Will WOW your friends.

Recipe adapted from and inspired by Jenna at Eat Live Run



  • 2 1/2 lbs baby back ribs
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup Stubb’s Sweet Heat barbecue sauce
  • 4 tbsp dry Pork rub
  • 2 cloves minced garlic

*** I used a crock pot for this recipe. But a dutch oven on the stove will work.


Slice the rack of ribs in half, or thirds. Just so it will fit in your crock pot. Rub the ribs with the dry pork rub, don’t be stingy!!!

Lay the ribs in the crock pot. Top with the onion and garlic. Pour the bbq sauce over the top. Cook in the crock pot on high for 1 hour then reduce heat to low. Let cook a remaining 4 hours.

Remove and slice. Enjoy with a little of the drippings or with more Stubb’s Sweet Heat. These will be perfectly spicy. If you don’t like spice definitely don’t eat with more bbq sauce.


I let out a huge sigh during the first bite. And I might have lost myself in a world where people only eat ribs and no one cares how loud you lick your fingers… which apparently isn’t this world.


We enjoyed spicy grapefruit margaritas garnished with the same dry pork rub on the rim and some Taylor Farms Garden Slaw Salad.

I was feeling very lazy and didn’t want to make a slaw from scratch. Please, no judging.


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What I would do next time:

Make a double batch of ribs! Just trust me and don’t ask questions.

Jenna you are my culinary hero.


Make sure you have lots of napkins. After all you have 5 hours to get some more before it’s time to eat.

And now I’m cuddled with Donner waiting for Downton Abbey to start at 9pm.


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