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Tender 'n' Tangy Ribs Recipe

Tender 'n' Tangy Ribs Recipe

"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."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hours YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 689 calories, 48 g fat (16 g saturated fat), 170 mg cholesterol, 1,110 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 42 g protein.

Reviews for Tender 'n' Tangy Ribs

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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."

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."

Reviewed Feb. 15, 2014

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

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."

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. :)"

Reviewed Jun. 16, 2010

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

~ Theresa"

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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