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Tender ‘n’ Tangy Ribs

These ribs are so simple to prepare—just brown them, then combine with the sauce ingredients in your slow cooker. Serve them at noon, or let them cook all day for falling-off-the-bone tenderness. —Denise Hathaway Valasek, Perrysburg, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hours
  • Makes
    2-3 servings


  • 3/4 to 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds pork spareribs
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil


  • Combine the first nine ingredients in a 3-qt. slow cooker. Cut ribs into serving-size pieces; brown in a skillet in oil. Transfer to slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours or until tender.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 689 calories, 48g fat (16g saturated fat), 170mg cholesterol, 1110mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 42g protein.

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  • sands351
    Mar 11, 2015

    Ribs came out very tender and tasty. I did make a couple changes from reading other reviews. I used 1/2 cup of vinegar and doubled everything else. Also used brown sugar instead of regular sugar. I used country style ribs (about 2 1/2 lbs.) and they were done in 5 hours.

  • gunslinger
    Dec 17, 2014

    Very good and tender. I cut the vinegar back to 1/2 cup, because I thought the 3/4 to 1 cup would be tangier than I wanted. I used country style ribs and let mine cook all day.

  • EllyNicole
    Feb 15, 2014

    My husband begs for me to cook these all the time. They are one of his new favorite foods!

  • bjsilve0
    Oct 1, 2013

    Method easy. Sauce great. I just used short ribs because they are more meaty and I don't like paying for bones.

  • agehring
    Mar 5, 2013

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  • wanda_venable
    Dec 28, 2012

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  • NikBri
    Jun 22, 2011

    I didn't provide a rating because I changed a couple of things...I used brown sugar and only 1/4 cup vinegar. Without all that vinegar, I could have eaten the sauce out of the measuring cup before I even put it in the slowcooker. I made it for my husband for Father's day... For hours after he ate it, all I heard was "thank you, thank you ,thank you! I love you". After years of seldom cooking, his vast enjoyment of the first ribs I have ever cooked has inspired me to enjoy cooking again. :)

  • sbideau10
    Mar 21, 2011

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  • johnsen
    Sep 2, 2010

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  • lurky27
    Jun 16, 2010

    We used brown sugar and apple cider vinegar and they turned out great.~ Theresa