This dish employs only the basic chop-chop cook-cook skills but gives you some fancy ass ribs to serve to your mates. Great to cook ahead of time and take to a BBQ or some other shindig. If you don’t have a slow cooker, buy one or borrow one off your Nan.
Here’s what you’ll need…
1kg Ribs (beef, pork or whatever you can kill)
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 brown onion, finely chopped
2 carrots, finely chopped to the best of your chopping ability
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced (or 2 tsp of crushed garlic from a jar)
400g can diced tomatoes
1 cup beer (I use an amber ale for pork or a hearty stout for beef)
1/2 cup of good barbecue sauce
A splash of franks hot sauce to taste
And here’s what to do…
Either leave whole or cut the ribs into more manageable portions (3-4 rib portions for pork, 1-2 rib portions for beef) and season with salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil on a medium high heat in a pan and brown the ribs (a few at a time) for about 2-3 minutes each side. Repeat with the remaining ribs placing them into the slow cooker as you go.
Reduce the pan to a medium heat and add the onion and carrot and cook until soft (about 5 minutes). Add the garlic and give it a minute or so to work its magic. Add the beer, tomatoes and a splash of Franks hot sauce to taste. Give the whole mess a good stir to combine all those awesome flavors then dump the sauce all over the ribs in the slow cooker. Stick on the lid then cook on low for about 6 hours or until the meat starts falling off the bone. Don’t forget to check it every so often to spoon some of the sauce all over it.
Serve with some mashed potato (add some mayonnaise for an extra bit of creamy zing), coleslaw, corn on the cob or even some good fries/chips. Also if you thought ahead enough to buy a 6 pack serve with the same beers you used in the recipe and make sure you brag to your mates about the symmetry of the dish. Or don’t. Your call.
Enjoy and leave a comment below if you have any epic alterations to this dish you what to share or just plain want to brag about cooking it better.