A common misconception that I’ve run across being a gluten free girl is that I feast nearly on a diet that consists of a very fussy, high maintenance almost “chick-like” fare consisting mainly of bunny food like organic lettuce, edamame, tofu and spring fed water. Hrmpf, if only they knew. Not only did I never seem to ditch my inner adolescent tomboy *smile*, this girl … right here… is not afraid to eat seriously, messy, comfort food in any shape or form.
Take last night’s dinner, for example. Easy Peasy Oven Roasted Ribs. Roasted in the oven in 15 minutes on each side, throw them in your crockpot for the day and ladies and gentlemen, you will have the most delicious, tender, meat-falling-off-the-bone ribs you have ever made without the fuss. It’s that simple.
But for those who like to look at pictures and follow recipes along (like me) … I’ll start by introducing:
The cast of characters:
Nothing out of the unusual and totally customizable to your taste. In our home, we are big garlic and onion powder fans, so in this picture, you see Smithfield ribs (on sale for $7.99!), garlic salt, onion powder, salt, pepper and granulated garlic. You should also add to this list your favorite barbecue sauce. If you are gluten free or are serving this dish to a person you love that is gluten free, please be sure to check the ingredients to make sure it does not include modified food starch. And on that same note, as silly as this seems, check and recheck the ingredients listed on the packaging of your ribs. Food manufacturers are actually sneaking in wheat and modified food starch in places where they definitely DON’T belong like MEAT for example. Trust me on this one. I know. Nothing ruins a great meal for person with Celiacs or Crohns Disease than being surprised with a unexpected gluten reaction.
While the oven is preheating, remove the packaging of your ribs and generously sprinkle the ribs with the spices on one side and place them on a foil lined pan for easy clean up. Bake for 15 minutes. Flip the ribs over and repeat the process.
After both sides have been browned in the oven, remove the ribs and let them cool just a little bit to make them easier to carve. Cut ribs in slabs of 2 to 3 (depending on the size of your ribs) and place them in your crockpot standing up on their side.
Standing the ribs on the side is important as it allows the grease to drain off the ribs and helps the ribs brown. Using a pastry brush, very lightly sauce each all sides of each riblet. I’ll warn you, this part is messy but oh-so-worth-it! I also sprinkle on just a smidge more spices on at this point if I’m feeling naughty.
And that’s it; that’s all she wrote! Cook on low for 8 hours you will get ribs that will make grown men cry and teenagers hug you:
The bad news: They won’t want to go out for ribs ever again. Oh the sacrifices we endure for our families 🙂
Easy Peasy Oven Roasted Ribs
• Any type and amount of beef or pork ribs that will fit in your slow cooker
• Salt and pepper
• Garlic powder, Onion powder, creole seasoning, seasoning salt or whatever tickles your fancy
1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
2. Remove packaging, rinse meat, and place in deep baking pan in single layer
3. Sprinkle both sides of meat with salt and pepper to season. (I prefer to season mine individually so the spices don’t cook off during the cooking process)
4. Bake meat in oven for 15 minutes, flip meat over and bake on other side for 15 minutes
5.Remove meat from oven cover all sides of meat completely with bbq sauce and place in slow cooker on side if possible
6. Cook on high in crock-pot for 6 hours or on low for 8 – 10 hours
7. Serve and enjoy!