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Sweet and Savory Ribs Recipe
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Sweet and Savory Ribs Recipe

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My husband, Randy, and I love barbecued ribs, but with our busy schedules, we rarely have time to fire up the grill. We simply let the slow cooker do the work for us. By the time we get home from a crazy day at work, the ribs are tender, saucy and ready to devour. —Kandy Bingham, Green River, Wyoming
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 pounds boneless country-style pork ribs
  • 1 bottle (18 ounces) honey barbecue sauce
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup spicy brown mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. Place onion in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Top with ribs. In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients; pour over ribs. Cook, covered, on low 8-9 hours or until meat is tender. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Sweet and Savory Ribs in Quick Cooking May/June 2003, p52

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Reviewed Oct. 2, 2014

"OMG... LOVE this! I did not add the mustard but otherwise stuck to the recipe. The meat fell off the bone in my crock pot. SOOOOOO good."

Reviewed Jan. 13, 2014

"These were a hit! Cooked them for about 9 hours - that may have been a little too long, they were a tad dry. BUT - we ate them all and decided this was a keeper for sure!"

Reviewed Dec. 2, 2013

"Loved this!! I made as written and it was great. Even my picky 7 year old ate it. Served with baked potato and green beans. Will be making this again."

Reviewed Dec. 29, 2012

"This is easy and good. Followed directions, a served with mashed potatoes with the sauce as gravy. Cooked on low for 8 hours. Nice to come home to a hot meal."

Reviewed Mar. 15, 2012

"I accidentally used boneless beef ribs and the sauce was very good, but I think I overcooked them at 8 slow cooker seems to cook things fast, though."

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