Tender 'n' Tangy Ribs Recipe
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Tender 'n' Tangy Ribs Recipe

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"These ribs are so simple to prepare," confides Denise Hathaway Valasek of Perrysburg, Ohio. "Just brown them, then combine with the sauce ingredients in your slow cooker. Serve them at noon...or let them cook all day for falling-off-the-bone tenderness."
Recommended: Best Barbecued Ribs
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES:2-3 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES: 2-3 servings


  • 3/4 to 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds pork spareribs
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 689 calories, 48g fat (16g saturated fat), 170mg cholesterol, 1110mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 42g protein.


  1. Combine the first nine ingredients in a 3-qt. slow cooker. Cut ribs into serving-size pieces; brown in a skillet in oil. Transfer to slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours or until tender. Yield: 2-3 servings.
Originally published as Tender N Tangy Ribs in Quick Cooking May/June 1998, p44

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sands351 User ID: 1036170 222571
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2015

"Ribs came out very tender and tasty. I did make a couple changes from reading other reviews. I used 1/2 cup of vinegar and doubled everything else. Also used brown sugar instead of regular sugar. I used country style ribs (about 2 1/2 lbs.) and they were done in 5 hours."

gunslinger User ID: 544392 215149
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2014

"Very good and tender. I cut the vinegar back to 1/2 cup, because I thought the 3/4 to 1 cup would be tangier than I wanted. I used country style ribs and let mine cook all day."

EllyNicole User ID: 5600824 45006
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2014

"My husband begs for me to cook these all the time. They are one of his new favorite foods!"

bjsilve0 User ID: 172187 45760
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2013

"Method easy. Sauce great. I just used short ribs because they are more meaty and I don't like paying for bones."

NikBri User ID: 6055315 23168
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2011

"I didn't provide a rating because I changed a couple of things...I used brown sugar and only 1/4 cup vinegar. Without all that vinegar, I could have eaten the sauce out of the measuring cup before I even put it in the slowcooker. I made it for my husband for Father's day... For hours after he ate it, all I heard was "thank you, thank you ,thank you! I love you". After years of seldom cooking, his vast enjoyment of the first ribs I have ever cooked has inspired me to enjoy cooking again. :)"

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 49356
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2010

"We used brown sugar and apple cider vinegar and they turned out great.

~ Theresa"

cherrylady User ID: 1073547 23165
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2009

"I think we like tangy, but all we could taste was the vinegar! I think it needed some brown sugar. This is not a keeper for me."

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