Lazy Man's Ribs Recipe
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Lazy Man's Ribs Recipe

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I'll have to admit these ribs are finger-lickin' good and fall-off-the-bone tender! I've made them for a lot of my buddies—including my preacher—and some have even suggested that I try bottling my sauce and selling it to the public! —Allan Stackhouse Jr., Jennings, Louisiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 2-1/2 pounds pork baby back ribs, cut into eight pieces
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce
  • 1 teaspoon stone-ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Liquid Smoke, optional
  • Dash salt
  • 5 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon cold water

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 753 calories, 39g fat (14g saturated fat), 153mg cholesterol, 1335mg sodium, 70g carbohydrate (52g sugars, 2g fiber), 33g protein


  1. Rub ribs with Cajun seasoning. Layer ribs and onion in a 5-qt. slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar, orange juice, vinegar, molasses, Worcestershire sauce, barbecue sauce, mustard, paprika, garlic powder, Liquid Smoke if desired and salt. Pour over ribs. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until meat is tender.
  2. Remove ribs and keep warm. Strain cooking juices and skim fat; transfer to a small saucepan. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into juices. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with ribs. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Lazy Man's Ribs in Simple & Delicious January/February 2007, p35

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Reviewed Jan. 10, 2016

"Excellent flavor!! The whole family loved these."

Reviewed Jul. 5, 2015

"Best recipe I've found for crock pot ribs! The sauce is amazing and though it does require up-front work, the dinner hour is easy. We love to use leftover sauce and ribs to make a BBQ pizza. Just use leftover sauce on top of the crust of your choice. Top sauce with monterey jack cheese, corn, red onion, and ribs. Voila; you get two meals out of this delicious recipe!"

Reviewed Jan. 22, 2015

"The best recipe I've found for ribs. Used smoked paprika. Everything else was followed in the recipe."

Reviewed Aug. 19, 2014

"I did not change anything and the family loved them..... This is a KEEPER."

Reviewed Aug. 12, 2014 Edited Jun. 19, 2015

"Just made these ribs, and let me tell you, these were some of the BEST ribs I have ever eaten! The meat fell off the bone, and the sauce was wonderful. I think I will use the sauce for my pulled pork recipe, in the future. I did not use the liquid smoke. This recipe is a keeper, and I will be making it again, and again! YUM"

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