Amazing Slow Cooker Ribs

When my husband & I were married in 1990…

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we received some great wedding gifts. One gift that was never used was a slow cooker. I kept that crock pot for about 10 years and finally sold it in a garage sale. I didn’t grow up with a mother that used a slow cooker. I had no idea what to put it in, what to make in it. So away it went. But as the years have gone by and our family grew from 3 children to 8 literally overnight, I have needed to find different ways to make a lot of food at one time. Friends of mine swear by cooking in the slow cooker, so I went out and bought one about 5 years ago. I admit my education has been a slow process. I have my favorite recipes I make in it. The internet is a great source of information and I use it to also find great recipes. I know I have not used my slow cooker to its full potential, but I am working on it! 🙂

Ribs!! I have always slow cooked my ribs in the oven, but I have to tell you I found the most amazing, yummy and easy baby back rib slow cooker recipe this week. No doubt some of you probably already knew this recipe, but if you haven’t tried it, I encourage you to make them soon!

Slow Cooker Ribs:

Need:

  • Babyback pork loin ribs
  • Dry rub (my recipe below)
  • BBQ Sauce – Original Chef’s Gourmet BBQ Sauce or Sweet Baby Ray’s are my favorites. (of course you can always make your own)
  • Crock Pot (Slow cooker)

Dry Rub Recipe:

  • 2 1/2 Tbs. chili powder
  • 2 Tbs. ground cumin
  • 2 Tbs. ground coriander
  • 1 Tbs kosher salt
  • 1/2 Tbs. paprika
  • 1/2 Tbs. dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cayenne

In a small bowl stir together all the spice rub ingredients. (I usually make extra and store in an airtight container)

  1. Cut the rib racks in half, rub spice rub on front and back of ribs.
  2. Layer ribs into slow cooker, lather each layer with bbq sauce, I pour a little extra on top layer. I layered three half racks of ribs in mine. (no other liquid is needed)
  3. Set slow cooker to low for 8 hours. (I don’t use the high setting because they come out better cooking on low)
  4. Once the ribs are done cooking in the slow cooker, take them out and place on foil covered pan , lather on more bbq sauce and place in the oven on broil for about 3-5 minutes, depending on your broiler. Broil until bubbly and the sauce has caramelized.

Enjoy your fall off the bone, easy, yummy ribs!! My family raved over these, I am sure yours will too!

 “People who love to eat are always the best people.”
― Julia Child

Alumni Weekend With The Kansas City Chiefs

It’s been a busy month of travel. We went to Paris which I shared in my last blog then we hopped on a plane to Kansas City for my husbands alumni weekend with the Kansas City Chiefs. We had not been back to Kansas City for about 5 years, life has been pretty busy since we adopted our nieces & nephews. (Do you Really have 8 Children?) We had some free time before the event which gave us a chance to visit the Jazz Museum and the Negro League Baseball Museum. Both were fantastic! I would highly recommend a visit if you are in Kansas City.

The Chiefs events consisted of Saturday night tour of the locker room area, cocktails, dinner and the induction of Priest Holmes into the Chiefs Hall of Fame. It was a very special evening catching up with some of JJ’s former teammates, coaches, Chiefs owners, staff and their wives. Sunday was game day, the alumni signed autographs before the game. It was a great game, the Chiefs vs Jets. Chiefs beat the Jets 24 -10! The Chiefs fans have always been the best fans that I have experienced. Arrowhead stadium is a great place to see a game. I don’t know if all NFL teams host an alumni weekend like the Chiefs, but, my husband and I have the utmost respect for the Chiefs and their care of former players. They really know how to make sure the alumni feel like an important part of the Chiefs organization. JJ & I want to especially thank Allen Wright the Chiefs equipment manager who we have fond memories of when JJ played for the Chiefs and who has always made sure that the alumni feel extra special.

Thank you to the Hunt Family and the entire Chiefs family! Looking forward to next years Alumni Weekend. 🙂

Kansas City Jazz and Negro League Baseball Museum
Kansas City Jazz and Negro League Baseball Museum
Inside Negro League Baseball Museum
Inside Negro League Baseball Museum

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A friend of ours relative on the left. So cool!
A friend of ours relative on the left. So cool!

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Chiefs locker room, alumni nameplate above their original lockers. :)
Chiefs locker room, alumni nameplate above their original lockers. 🙂

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1993 Kansas City Chiefs Team.
1993 Kansas City Chiefs Team.
JJ Birden, Allen Wright & Vaughn Booker
JJ Birden, Allen Wright & Vaughn Booker
JJ Birden next to his championship team.
JJ Birden next to his championship team.
Vaughn Booker in-between the championship years he played.
Vaughn Booker in-between the championship years he played.
Derrick Walker, Vaughn Booker, Allen Wright, John Alt, Marcus Allen & JJ Birden
Derrick Walker, Vaughn Booker, Allen Wright, John Alt, Marcus Allen & JJ Birden
JJ with former teammate Christian Okoye
JJ with former teammate Christian Okoye
JJ & Chiefs Owner Clark Hunt
JJ & Chiefs Owner Clark Hunt
Alumni, Coaches & Chiefs owners wives.
JJ & Marty Schottenheimer
JJ & Marty Schottenheimer
Alumni, Coaches & Chiefs Owners.
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Kimble Anders, Marcus Spears, Danan Hughes, Tony Richardson, Derrick Walker, JJ Birden
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Ricky Sigler & his daughter with JJ
Priest Holmes and Clark Hunt
One of my favorite coaches wives Pat Schottenheimer.
One of my favorite coaches wives Pat Schottenheimer.
Display with JJ's old Chiefs pads and gloves at Arrowhead.
Display with JJ’s old Chiefs pads and gloves at Arrowhead.

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Priest Holmes presented as Chiefs Hall of Fame player on the Field at Arrowhead Stadium.
Priest Holmes presented as Chiefs Hall of Fame player on the Field at Arrowhead Stadium.
Chiefs Alumni Ceremony at Arrowhead Stadium
Chiefs Alumni Ceremony at Arrowhead Stadium