Slowly Slowcooking

It might be a deep-rooted paranoia, or just maybe a lingering concern from all of those “stop, drop, and roll” trainings we had as kids, but I’m terrified of crock pots. I’m so nervous to leave them on at home while going to work.

I literally unplug all of our appliances when I leave for work. I can’t stand the idea that the toaster might burn down the house even though it hasn’t been used that morning. This might be something I need to work on…

Crock pots are so practical – I get it, one pot, the meal is ready when you crawl in from work, and it’s low energy for you. I understand it. I get that the production people have probably (hopefully?) done all they can to make slow cookers safe, but still, they freak me out.

Earlier this week, though, my sister was at the house in the morning, and my parents were planning to arrive before I returned from work – so the house would be empty for a very short period of time. So I agreed. Just this once, we’d leave the crockpot on.

And man oh man, it was worth it.

We made baby back ribs in the slow cooker. We found the recipe on AllRecipes.com, and it was super easy to prep – although my husband did most of the heavy lifting on this one. Cause I was not touching this:

The recipe calls for the following:

  • 3 pounds of baby back ribs – trimmed
  • Salt and pepper
  • Water
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Barbecue Sauce (we used Trader Joe’s brand, but this recipe suggests Sweet Baby Ray’s)

Directions are listed online, but in sum, you mix all the seasonings on top, add water to the slow cooker, add the ribs, top with onion and garlic and cook on low for 8 hours.

We didn’t move the ribs into the oven as the recipe calls for – but they were delicious. We left them on warm for an extra 45 minutes or so just because we weren’t ready for dinner yet – and the meat was literally falling off the bone.

We added cornbread to the meal as well as green beans. We were able to eat out on the porch – and let me tell you, the meal tasted just like summer.

We’ll definitely be trying this recipe again – and I’ll be doing my best to stay calm about the crockpot while I’m at work.

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