You NEED to try these Slow Cooker Pork Ribs with Bourbon BBQ Sauce! Possibly the EASIEST way to make BBQ ribs EVER! Score big when you feed your hungry game day crowd these FALL OFF THE BONE tender, sticky ribs! The perfect Easy Football Food Idea for Game day!
Game Day Party
Ok, I’ll be first to admit, I do not know a lot about football. NFL to put it politely. Don’t hate on me. I come from a country where football means a completely different thing (Australian rules, more contact, less protective gear!).
When Americans talk to me about football, I just stare blankly at them, not really sure what to say back. I know what a touch down is, but that’s about it.
Invite me to a football game day party though, and I am there! Mainly because of the food. Game day party food is the best! If there is one football lingo I do understand, it is ‘game day party’ and you know I’ll be there with bells on.
Now, I know the last thing you want to do while your favorite team is battling it out on the field is spend hours over a stove, cooking away, so your friends have something to eat…
Cue, Slow Cooker Pork Ribs with Bourbon BBQ Sauce.
These Slow Cooker Pork Ribs are the perfect easy football food idea. They are super easy to make, require minimal effort, have maximum flavor, and are the perfect little snack to keep you sustained through the day.
Slow cooker recipes are always my favorite when I don’t necessarily want to spend hours cooking, and these ribs are no exception.
You simply place ingredients in the slow cooker, set for 4 or 8 hours depending on how time rich or poor you are. Take them out and broil for 8-10 minutes and voila, perfect, fall off the bone, beautiful Slow Cooker Pork Ribs with Bourbon BBQ Sauce!
Recipe Tips for Slow Cooker Pork Ribs with Bourbon BBQ Sauce
- No slow cooker? See the recipe notes for oven baked ribs instead.
- Slow cooker will end up in slightly softer ribs, but both methods work great.
- Oven baked take around 3 hours, compared to about 4.5 hours for slow cooker recipe.
- Use your favorite barbecue sauce! I love sweet baby rays hickory and brown sugar.
More perfectly easy football food ideas:
- parmesan puff pastry twists
- bacon and spinach puff pastry bites
- cheesy pull apart bread
- easy salmon sliders
Game day entertaining doesn’t have to be extravagant, nor does it have to be stressful! All you need is a few great go to party recipes, a little bit of your time, and a gang of hungry guests to feed!
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- 4 lbs pork ribs halved
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 cup bourbon
- 2 cups barbecue sauce of your choice
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
Place paprika, cinnamon, garlic powder, oregon and salt and pepper in a small bowl and mix.
Using a knife, carefully remove the membrane from the rib.
Spoon the rib rub onto the pork ribs, and use hands to coat ribs on both sides.
Place ribs in slow cooker.
Combine barbecue sauce, bourbon and brown sugar.
Add 3/4 of the barbecue sauce mixture to slow cooker.
Cook on high 4 hours, or low 8 hours.
Once cooked, set oven to broil at 300F.
Remove ribs and place on tin foil lined baking tray.
Spoon over 4 tablespoons of the rib sauce from slow cooker.
Baste 1/2 of the remaining barbecue sauce.
Set in oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until sauce starts to caramelize.
Place remaining barbecue sauce and leftover juices into a small bowl for dipping.
Cut ribs into pieces and serve.
Garnish with a little parsley if desired.
For oven method:
- Rub pork ribs with the rib rub.
- Preheat oven to 250F.
- Wrap ribs in tin foil.
- Place in oven and cook 2 to 2.5 hours.
- Remove from oven, discard juices.
- Baste with the rib sauce on both sides.
- Place back in oven for 30 minutes, basting every 5 minutes until sauce is sticky.
- Cut ribs into pieces and serve.
- Use a spoon to carefully scrape remaining barbecue sauce into a serving dish for dipping.
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