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Sweet and Spicy Ribs

 

Sweet & Spicy Ribs | Easy Freezer-to-Crockpot Recipe | Barbecue Ribs | Meat Recipes

It only took me ten years to discover that the fastest way to my husband’s heart is simply to cook more MEAT!  Over the past year, I’ve been working on developing more quick & easy freezer friendly recipes for my family, I’ve never seen him quite so enthusiastic about dinnertime  While it was a little intimidating at first, as a life-long vegetarian, to start cooking meat, I have to admit that I’ve been having a lot of fun coming up with new ideas.   I am also pretty psyched about being able to maintain a whole freezer full of meals that my family absolutely loves!

These super easy sweet and spicy ribs take just minutes to prep before throwing them in the freezer (or directly into the crockpot if not planning to freeze them ahead of time.)  The liquid smoke is optional but it does add a nice dose of smokey flavor & is highly recommended.  You can find it in the grocery store next to the barbecue sauce!

Sweet & Spicy Ribs | Easy Freezer-to-Crockpot Recipe | Barbecue Ribs | Meat Recipes

Here is what you need:

6-8 pounds pork ribs
2 cups ketchup
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup Sriracha sauce (more or less to taste!)
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
1 tablespoon liquid smoke (optional)
 
Sweet & Spicy Ribs | Easy Freezer-to-Crockpot Recipe | Barbecue Ribs | Meat Recipes

Step 1:  Rub meat with  season salt and  cayenne pepper.

Sweet & Spicy Ribs | Easy Freezer-to-Crockpot Recipe | Barbecue Ribs | Meat Recipes

Step 2: In medium bowl, whisk together ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, garlic , red pepper flakes, sriracha sauce and liquid smoke until smooth.

Sweet & Spicy Ribs | Easy Freezer-to-Crockpot Recipe | Barbecue Ribs | Meat Recipes

Step 3: Divide meat into two gallon-size Ziploc bags.  (Be sure to label bags before using!)Divide sauce in half and pour over meat; freeze until needed.

Sweet & Spicy Ribs | Easy Freezer-to-Crockpot Recipe | Barbecue Ribs | Meat Recipes

Step 4: Thaw in refrigerator for 24 hours; pour contents into slow cooker and cook on low heat for 5-8 hours.   If you don’t have time to thaw them ahead of time, you can throw them in the crockpot frozen, just be sure to cook them a little longer–5-8 hours instead of 4-6. Once cooked, remove from crock pot and toss with your favorite barbecue sauce. Serve with coleslaw and hot sauce for an added kick.

 

Sweet & Spicy Ribs | Easy Freezer-to-Crockpot Recipe | Barbecue Ribs | Meat Recipes

Sweet & Spicy Ribs | Easy Freezer-to-Crockpot Recipe | Barbecue Ribs | Meat Recipes

6 Comments

  1. August 24 at 09:24PM

    Those ribs look delicious!

    • Ruth Soukup
      August 27 at 08:04PM

      Thanks,my family really enjoyed them!!!

  2. August 27 at 10:46PM

    These look great! Always looking for things I can freeze that won’t be weird when I thaw them out 😀

  3. Marie
    February 19 at 08:32AM

    What is seasoned salt? I’ve seen it in a couple of your recipes but really know what you mean. Thanks!

    • Ruth Soukup
      February 19 at 08:44PM

      HI Marie,

      I usually use a brand called M-Salt. (http://michigansalted.com/) It is a blend of salt with herbs and spices. 🙂

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