Well you had to know this was coming. I mean come on. What kind of winter menu doesn’t include at least a few crock pot recipes? Certainly not a menu from a born and bred Midwesterner!
I actually have two crock pots, thankyouverymuch. One is a 4 quart (pictured here) and the other is about twice the size. Sometimes I use them both at the same time and I don’t even have to defend myself because that is perfectly OK.
Crock pots/slow cookers have a reputation as being rather unsophisticated. To this notion I say “pish-posh!” Actually these gadgets are the hippest cooking tool in town as they allow on-the-go meal planners to prep in advance, walk away for many hours and then come back to a delicious meal and a kitchen that smells like heaven. Cutting edge, baby. That’s me.
One of my fave blogs is Crockpot 365 (featured along the sidebar to your right.) Stephanie Odea has come a long way (I remember when her blog was ad. free) and business endeavors. She totally cracks me up and tell me this: How can you not appreciate someone with an “unusual obsession with her crockpot but is OK with that?”
I like Stephanie’s recipes because she uses normal ingredients and always gives her family’s (and often friends’) honest verdicts of whatever she “crocked.” Stephanie is also a believer in substituting or simply leaving out ingredients that she doesn’t have on hand (Amen sista!)
I do step away from some of the “not quite food” items that Crockpot 365 recipes list at times (condensed soups, soda, sometimes sauces) but as Stephanie would approve, I simply substitute or delete completely and happily get on with my life.
Today I am sharing one of my pork ribs recipes (not from Crockpot 365.) I really should have called this recipe “This One Time” because I don’t really use a single recipe when I make ribs in the crock pot. We like ours flavored with something sweet (honey, brown sugar) something tangy (balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar, orange juice) and something salty (soy sauce, salt) Feel free to put on your “Stephanie” and substitute away. You can also check out Crockpot 365 for more delicious crocky fun.
AND… I’ll be Michelle-izing one Stephanie’s posts for my Feb. 26 Hometown Pasadena Mangiamo Post. It’ll be tangy. It’ll be easy. It’ll be yum-ola.
But for now, I give you…
“This Time” Slow Cooker Ribs
Ingredients: 2 lbs. baby back pork short ribs, 3 garlic cloves, 1/4 chopped onion, 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce, 1/3 cup honey, few dashes pepper, sliced oranges on top.
Directions: mix liquids (including honey) and drizzle over meat. Add rest of ingredients placing the oranges last on top. The liquid didn’t cover all the meat, so part way through I flipped the ribs over. Not necessary; just tried it. Cook in a 4 quart crock pot on low for 4-6 hours or until done. Serve with rice which is perfect for the extra broth. Yum!
Note: I don’t always use oranges, but my mom’s tree is still producing prolifically so I pretty much don’t make anything around her without them these days…