Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs with Baked Cheese Grits and Broccoli

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Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs with Baked Cheese Grits and Broccoli 4.57/5 (7 votes)

For years, my husband and I have struggled making great ribs. We've tried everything to get that ‘fall off the bone’ perfection. We've smoked them for hours, wrapped them in foil and baked them for hours, grilled them. We've tried all these methods with sauce and without sauce. And each time, we would sit down to a plate of tough ribs! Frustrating! So, while this method of cooking ribs might be frowned upon by some as not being ‘traditional’, I’m here to tell you it’s fool-proof perfection! Just make sure you broil them after they’ve been in the slow cooker all day. That step alone is the most important. You will love them! And, I’m betting you’ll love the baked cheese grits too!

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

SERVINGS : 4 PEOPLE COOK TIME : HOURS PREP TIME : MINUTES

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 lbs baby back ribs
  • 2 cups barbecue sauce

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place ribs in the slow cooker meat side down.
  2. Cover in sauce and cook on low 7-8 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 425.
  4. Place ribs on foil line baking sheet meat side up. Spoon some of the barbecue sauce over ribs and cook for about 10 minutes. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!
  5. Using a spoon, ladle fat from the barbecue sauce and serve with the ribs.

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 235g Calories 677 Fat 45.2 Carbs 30.2 Fiber .5 Protein 34.2.

Baked Grits

SERVINGS : 4 PEOPLE COOK TIME : MINUTES PREP TIME : MINUTES

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup instant grits
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 large egg, beaten

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Butter a baking dish.
  3. In a large saucepan, bring the milk and water to a boil. Add grits and stir until they are done - about 2-5 minutes. To avoid lumps, stir frequently.
  4. Remove pan from heat and stir in the butter, salt, garlic powder, pepper, and eggs.
  5. Pour into the buttered dish and bake for 30 minutes or until the top is lightly browned.

Nutritional Information

Per Serving: Calories 237 Fat 14 Carbs 19 Fiber .5 Protein 8.4.

Broccoli

SERVINGS : 4 PEOPLE PREP TIME : MINUTES

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound broccoli, cut into florets
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place broccoli and about 1/2 cup water in a lidded microwavable dish.
  2. Microwave on high for 4-5 minutes or until broccoli is bright green and tender.
  3. Carefully drain water and season with salt and pepper.

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 113g Calories 39 Fat 1 Sat Fat 0 Sodium 37 Carbs 7 Sugars 2 Fiber 3 Protein 3.

NOTES

KID NOTE: They did great with the ribs and broccoli and ok with the grits.

VEGETARIAN TIP:  Instead of ribs serve roasted eggplant. Drizzle slices with olive oil, sprinkle with rosemary or herb of choice, and roast cut side down in a 425 degree oven for 45 minutes.

GLUTEN FREE MODIFICATIONS:  Use gluten free barbecue sauce.

 

5 Comments

  1. ewport says:

    Husband says this might be the best short ribs he’s ever had. Super easy!

  2. KusmierFamily says:

    This was a great recipe-broiler idea was spot on! My oven is technically on the fritz (broiler still works) so I just added everything to the grits except eggs. Husband said the grits were how everyone’s first experience with grits should be! Great recipe!

  3. angellalorance says:

    Even my two year old loved the ribs. They were definitely fall-off-the-bone tender! The grits were yummy too!

  4. mlaroux says:

    I think it is because we live in Texas, but no one liked the ribs. The grits were excellent. I even used the left overs for breakfast the next day and they were YUMMY!!!

  5. Dswot1 says:

    These were fall off the bone tender! Loved the grits, too. Had them for breakfast:)

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