Spicy-Sweet Ribs and Beans Crock Pot

"I found this recipe in Southern Living! Yummy! I've prepared this the night before on low to have done for an early dinner! I did tweak it. The optional ingredients were added to the original recipe from Southern Living."
photo by Diana Yen photo by Diana Yen
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photo by Diana Yen photo by Diana Yen
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Ready In:
6hrs 30mins




  • Place beans in a 5-quart electric slow cooker; set aside.
  • Cut ribs apart; sprinkle with garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Place ribs on a broiling pan. Besides browning for taste this removes some of the fat.
  • Broil 5 1/2 inches from heat 18 to 20 minutes or until browned, turning once.
  • Add ribs to slow cooker, and sprinkle with onion, garlic, and pepper.
  • Combine jelly, barbecue sauce, and hot sauce in a saucepan; cook over low heat until jelly melts. (I just added right to the beans and it melted in with no problem).
  • Pour over ribs; stir gently.
  • Cover and cook at HIGH 5 to 6 hours or at LOW 9 to 10 hours.
  • Remove ribs.
  • Drain bean mixture, reserving sauce.
  • Skim fat from sauce.
  • Arrange ribs over bean mixture; serve with sauce.
  • Serve on a bed of rice.

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  1. BeachGirl
    Outstanding! I loved cooking beans and ribs together, and they were SOOO good: ribs very tender; beans just perfect. These were sweet, but not too sweet..just right. I had lots of sauce left over, so will add another can of beans next time. Thanks, Rita, for sharing this easy, no-fail recipe. I'll be making these again and again.
  2. heplerc
    Awesome recipe! I didn't have pinto beans or hickory BBQ sauce. I used Cannellini beans and Sonny's sweet BBQ with 1 tsp of hickory liquid smoke.
  3. evewitch
    DH was a bit skeptical about this because of the spicy ingredients, but he loved it. I accidentally bought boneless ribs (5 lb of solid meat!) - as a result some parts wound up a bit dry, but not all, by any means. Also, I set my Smart Pot for 8 hours on low, but the recipe sat on warm for at least another 4 hours! I will definitely make these again, but I recommend the bone-in ribs, and will read the package more carefully next time.
  4. Darkhunter
    Rita, used double the amount of ribs, thinking I would have enough for another meal. Ha! Went into the refrigerator and everyone kept going in and getting more, even cold! This will definitely be a OMC.
  5. Nado2003
    I didn't follow the recipe exactly, but stayed true to the spirit. Love the beans and ribs combination. I had beef ribs, trimmed a lot of fat off, then rubbed with seasoning and then grilled on the BBQ, it's too hot to turn the oven on. Also did not have jelly so I used a sweet brown sugar rub, added a mined jalapeno pepper. I did not add the bbq sauce until everything was done. I removed the solids from the crockpot into a 9x13 pan, pour bbq sauce over and broiled a couple of minutes. Beans were so creamy, wish I had put another can in because we ran out of the beans quickly. Thank you.



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