Crock Pot BBQ Country Style Ribs

My family loves these BBQ country style ribs!  They are so easy to throw in the crock pot for my family and work great for larger crowds too!

Using my crock pot in the summer is one of my favorite ways to save time, conserve energy and beat the heat.  A couple of years ago I found a recipe for BBQ crock pot country style ribs and after a couple of tweaks, it quickly made its way into our meal time rotation.  Country style ribs are a great meat alternative to chicken or beef/turkey and they are generally inexpensive and not very fatty so you get more meat for your money.  We’ve use this recipe for our own family, but it works equally as well when serving larger crowds.

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To make these BBQ country style ribs, you’ll need the following ingredients:

My family loves these BBQ country style ribs!  They are so easy to throw in the crock pot for my family and work great for larger crowds too!

*Note: For this recipe, I use a 3-quart crock pot, but you’ll want to use a 6-quart crock pot if you decide to double or triple the recipe.

In your crock pot, place the ribs on the bottom.  Sprinkle the top with brown sugar, onion, garlic powder, salt and pepper.  Pour in the apple juice.  Cover and cook on LOW for 7 hours.

My family loves these BBQ country style ribs!  They are so easy to throw in the crock pot for my family and work great for larger crowds too!

Remove the meat from the crock pot and put on a plate.  Drain the liquid and (carefully) wipe out the pot with a paper towel.  Put the ribs back into the pot and add your favorite BBQ sauce.  (We use Famous Dave’s or Sweet Baby Ray’s.)  The meat will be very tender by this point so you can break it up a little when you mix the BBQ sauce around or wait until you serve it.  Set the crock pot on HIGH and cook for another 30 minutes to an hour.

My family loves these BBQ country style ribs!  They are so easy to throw in the crock pot for my family and work great for larger crowds too!

Serve on rolls as a sandwich or eat as is with rolls, salad, potatoes, a veggie or fruit.

My family loves these BBQ country style ribs!  They are so easy to throw in the crock pot for my family and work great for larger crowds too!

Store in a sealed container for no more than a week.  This stores really well and the leftovers are delicious.  My family loves this meal and I love how easy it is!

Crock Pot BBQ Country Style Ribs
serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lbs boneless country style ribs
  • 1/3 c. brown sugar 
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp dried, chopped onion
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 c. apple juice 
  • 1 1/2 c. BBQ sauce

Directions:

  1. In your crock pot, place the ribs on the bottom.  Sprinkle the top with brown sugar, onion, garlic powder, salt and pepper.  Pour in the apple juice.  Cover and cook on LOW for 7 hours.
  2. Remove the meat from the crock pot and put on a plate.  Drain the liquid and wipe out the pot with a paper towel.  Put the ribs back into the pot and add your favorite BBQ sauce.  The meat will be very tender by this point so you can break it up a little when you mix the BBQ sauce around or wait until you serve it.  
  3. Set the crock pot on HIGH and cook for another 30 minutes to an hour.
  4. Serve on rolls as a sandwich or eat as is with rolls, salad and fruit.
  5. Store in a sealed container for no more than a week. 

My family loves these BBQ country style ribs!  They are so easy to throw in the crock pot for my family and work great for larger crowds too!

Easy Strawberry Pie

Easy Strawberry Pie--the perfect dessert for BBQs and picnics!

We had strawberry pie a lot growing up because everyone in my family, especially my younger sister, loves strawberries.  Whenever my mom made it, she used a pre-made pie crust and store bought glaze.  Super easy and super fast.  Since then, I’ve found what I think is just as fast and easy, if not more so.  Instead of a pre-made pie crust that has to be baked, I use a shortbread crust.  Instead of store-bought glaze, which can be pricey, I use strawberry gelatin as a base for the glaze.  So yummy and so fast.

I feel like strawberry pie is one of those things you make when your strawberries are starting to turn a little but you still want to salvage them by creating something yummy.  And seriously, who doesn’t love strawberry pie?  I have yet to meet someone.
To make this easy strawberry pie, you will need the following ingredients:

Easy Strawberry Pie--the perfect dessert for BBQs and picnics!
  • shortbread pie crust
  • fresh strawberries
  • strawberry gelatin 
  • sugar
  • water
  • cornstarch

Start by making the glaze.  In a small saucepan, combine the water, sugar and cornstarch.  Stir together until smooth.  Bring to a boil.  Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.  Remove from the heat and stir in the gelatin until dissolved.  Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes or until slightly cooled.

While the glaze is cooling, wash, hull and slice your strawberries.  (For one pie, you’ll need about 4 cups of sliced strawberries.  I usually add a little more. *wink*)

Pour the strawberries into the pie crust.  Slowly pour the glaze over the top, making sure to distribute as evenly as possible.

Easy Strawberry Pie--the perfect dessert for BBQs and picnics!

Place pie in the fridge to set.

That’s it!  It’s crazy easy!

I love using the shortbread crust as opposed to a graham cracker crust because it’s a little more dense and doesn’t get soggy and fall apart under the weight of the strawberries.

Easy Strawberry Pie--the perfect dessert for BBQs and picnics!

Easy Strawberry Pie
serves 6-8

Ingredients:

  • 4 c. strawberries, sliced
  • Shortbread pie crust
  • 3-oz pkg strawberry gelatin
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 c. water

Directions:

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the water, sugar and cornstarch.  Stir together until smooth.  Bring to a boil.  Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.  Remove from the heat and stir in the gelatin until dissolved.  Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes or until slightly cooled.
  2. While the glaze is cooling, wash, hull and slice your strawberries.
  3. Pour the strawberries into the pie crust.  Slowly pour the glaze over the top, making sure to distribute as evenly as possible.
  4. Place pie in the fridge to set.