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Crockpot Spareribs & Mom’s Secret BBQ Sauce

Crockpot Spareribs

I realize that most of the recipes I post on here seem to come from my Mom’s recipe files, but what can I say? They’re all “tried and true”….and the fact that I’m STILL making them after being “on my own” for 30+ years must mean they’ve got something going for them! Today I found spare ribs on sale at the grocery store and on a whim decided to pick some up for dinner! My daughter in college and my newlywed son and his “bride” were coming for dinner, so I needed something that would feed a “crowd” of 7.

Crockpot Spareribs

I hadn’t really thought about doing a blog post about this, until I got to the SAUCE part…and then I realized that this was something I just had to share. But keep in mind, it contains a “secret ingredient” that you can’t tell anyone about! It will just be between you and me!

Crockpot Spareribs

All I did to prepare these ribs was season them with salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder and place them in the crock pot. Since they were both fairly long, I had to lay them on their sides and curl them around each other…but they cooked up just fine still the same. :-)

Crockpot Spareribs

I cooked them on low for 8 hours (you could do “high” for 4ish hours too), then took them out and put them on a cookie sheet to finish them off in the oven. Before I took them out though, I mixed up the “secret sauce”.

Crockpot Spareribs

This picture provides a clue to the “secret ingredient”. Can anyone out there guess what it is??  Here’s a hint: Mom’s with infants might recognize it easier than the rest of us!

Did anyone guess BABY FOOD PRUNES?? If so…you’re right!!! You are the winners of……bragging rights! Too bad you can’t tell anyone….remember?  It’s a SECRET ingredient. It can’t leave this post.

Like I said earlier….I’ve been making this for YEARS…so I don’t really have a “recipe” per se…I just add the ingredients seen in the picture in the amounts that “look about right” to me. But for you, I will attempt to write it out.

Crockpot Spareribs

Mom’s BBQ Sauce

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple (I drained MOST of the juice out)
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 container baby food prunes

Stir together and spread over the ribs. Then place the ribs in a 350 degree oven for approximately 15-20 minutes. Just enough time to allow the sauce to get nice and caramelized. (I usually save a little to serve on the side as well.)

Crockpot Spareribs

Talk about “finger lickin’ good”!  You are going to need plenty of napkins when eating these bad boys.

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Crockpot Spareribs

Spareribs with bbq sauce served on a white plate.

MOM’S SECRET BBQ SAUCE

Jill Nystul
I realize that most of the recipes I post on here seem to come from my Mom’s recipe files, but what can I say? They’re all “tried and true”….and the fact that I’m STILL making them after being “on my own” for 30+ years must mean they’ve got something going for them! Today I found spare ribs on sale at the grocery store and on a whim decided to pick some up for dinner! My daughter in college and my newlywed son and his “bride” were coming for dinner, so I needed something that would feed a “crowd” of 7.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Calories 1371 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 8 oz can crushed pineapple I drained MOST of the juice out
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 50 grams container baby food prunes

Instructions
 

  • Stir together and spread over the ribs. 
  • Then place the ribs in a 350-degree oven for approximately 15-20 minutes. Just enough time to allow the sauce to get nice and caramelized. (I usually save a little to serve on the side as well

Nutrition

Calories: 1371kcalCarbohydrates: 348gProtein: 6gSodium: 2243mgPotassium: 1732mgFiber: 7gSugar: 317gVitamin A: 1735IUVitamin C: 31.2mgCalcium: 279mgIron: 3.7mg

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Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.
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  • I made these exactly as the recipe is written and they were perfect. I have a husband who is a picky eater and he loved these. A definite do over he commented. He will never know there is prunes and pineapple in the sauce. Did I say he doesn’t eat many fruits and vegetables. Raised in the city. I was raised in a farm where everything we ate was fresh. Thanks for sharing this outstanding recipe. Love your site.

  • I made your ribs and Mom’s sauce last night. OMG! They were delicious and so so easy. My husband and I purposely left some for later because we were afraid we would make ourselves sick eating them all and not want them again!!
    I love your recipes and that they are easy and “user friendly” for me!!!
    Keep them coming:)

  • I’m confused. Did you cook the ribs in the oven before you put the sauce on? Or did you take them out of the slow cooker, put on the sauce and then put them in the oven?

  • These were the best tasting ribs!!! We live in Costa Rica and my husband said “it’s the best tasting, tender pork we’ve had”. Thanks for sharing.

  • Thank you sooo much for your WONDERFUL site. I found it recently and have made many of your homemade laundry items and just love ’em. Will try this recipe today for the ribs so we can have leftovers for tomorrow…maybe? Hahaha! You’re the greatest!

  • What about us folks with out a slow cooker? I am guessing in the oven on low 300 degrees? Tightly covered for how long? 2-3 hrs? Ten finish them off as you did.

  • Wow. ..now I know just what to make when my 2 daughters come to visit next weekend. Put these babies in the crock pot and have some easy sides such as baked potatoes, corn on the cobb., baked beans….and I have so much more free time with the girls for catching up etc. Thanks Jillee and you’re sweet momma too for this super recipe!
    :-)

  • You know, these spammers make reading the comments not a bit fun! I wish they would go away. Anyhow, the recipe looks awesome and I am thinking that maybe a little time on the grill with the sauce might be a good alternative to the stove. What do you think Jillee?

    • I didn’t add any liquid Shirlee. The only time I add water is when I’m doing a pot roast and want to make gravy after it’s done. :-)

  • Hi Jillee

    Do you know the approx weight or how many tablespoons or teaspoons of the prunes. I am in Australia and I can only find prunes that I can puree.

    Thanks

  • So you use a lot of your Mama’s recipes. That is because they are so good. I wish I had learned certain dishes from my Mama. I was just thinking the other day about so many now not having the “old fashioned” dishes from the past. I have eaten and enjoyed all kinds of food from the simple to the elegant. But when I think of “comfort food”, I can promise that I do not think of a leg of lamb with asparagus on the side with a salad of mixed greens. Love your recipes.

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