Pork Riblets in Crock Pot

Slow Cooker Apricot BBQ Riblets: A Lip-Smacking Delight for Your Taste Buds

Tender baby back pork ribs are a favorite for everyone, no doubt about it! So, when you’re hosting a big party like a Summer Backyard BBQ or Father’s Day Bash, you want to find a way to incorporate these delicious ribs into your menu. And that’s where these Slow Cooker Apricot BBQ Riblets come in. They are the perfect appetizer or main dish that will leave your guests asking for more!

How to Make Crock Pot Apricot BBQ Riblets

One of the best things about making ribs is that you can do all the prep work a day ahead of time. This means you can free up your day and be present at your party or gathering. No one wants to spend all their time in the kitchen and miss out on the fun!

To start off, you’ll need two racks of extra meaty baby back pork ribs. Make sure to ask the butcher to slice the racks lengthwise so you end up with four mini racks of riblets. Removing the membrane from the back of the ribs is crucial to ensure tender ribs. Rub the riblets with a mixture of brown sugar, garlic salt, onion, dry ginger, chili powder, and optionally, cayenne pepper. Let the rub marinate into the meat for about 10-15 minutes.

Place the riblets in the crock pot, pour apple juice or apple cider into the pot, and cook them in the Instant Pot. Once cooked, cool the riblets in the refrigerator and then cut them into individual riblets.

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How to Make Apricot Cilantro BBQ Sauce

In a medium bowl, combine apricot preserves, BBQ sauce, ground ginger, garlic powder, hot sauce, lime juice, and chopped cilantro. Mix until well combined. If you’re not a fan of cilantro, feel free to omit it. The sauce will still be fantastic!

Slow Cooking the Apricot Cilantro Riblets

Line the slow cooker with a crock pot liner to make clean up a breeze. Pour half of the Apricot BBQ sauce into the bottom of the slow cooker and add the cut-up riblets. Top with the remaining BBQ sauce. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours or low for 3 hours, stirring occasionally to ensure the ribs are well coated.

Serve the riblets directly from the slow cooker, and if you want some extra char, you can place them under the broiler for 5 minutes. Your family and friends will absolutely love these mini riblets! They are loaded with a subtly sweet and tangy BBQ sauce with a hint of heat. The meat is juicy, tender, and falls right off the bone. It’s a finger-licking experience!

To make your meal even more delightful, here are some great BBQ side dish recipes you can try:

  • California Avocado and Bacon Coleslaw
  • Grandma’s Pea Salad with Peanuts
  • Classic Red Potato Salad
  • Frito Corn Salad
  • Cowboy Baked Beans

At Hook’d Up Bar and Grill, we take pride in offering you delicious dishes like these Slow Cooker Apricot BBQ Riblets. Head over to our website to explore more mouthwatering options.

Thank you for stopping by our kitchen today! We hope to see you again soon for more delicious recipes from our Hook’d Up Bar and Grill.

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