Spicy-Sweet Ribs and Beans Crock Pot
photo by Diana Yen
- Ready In:
- 6hrs 30mins
- 2 (16 ounce) cans pinto beans, drained
- 4 lbs country-style pork ribs, trimmed
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, diced (optional)
- 3 garlic cloves, minced (optional)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cumin (optional)
- 1 (10 1/2 ounce) jar red jalapeno jelly (Used Ghost Pepper Jelly!)
- 1 (18 ounce) bottle hickory flavored barbecue sauce
- 1 teaspoon green chili sauce (Tabasco Makes a green Jalapeno sauce but use any hot sauce of choice)
- 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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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.
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.
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.