Spicy-Sweet Ribs and Beans

Slow cookers don't brown food, so here we broil the ribs for extra flavor before adding them to the pot. Serve with cornbread and a simple green salad with creamy Italian or ranch dressing.

Slow Cooker Recipes: Spicy-Sweet Ribs and Beans Recipes
Photo: Southern Living
8 servings


  • 2 (16-ounce) cans pinto beans, drained

  • 4 pounds country-style pork ribs, trimmed

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 1 (10.5-ounce) jar red jalapeño jelly

  • 1 (18-ounce) bottle hickory-flavored barbecue sauce

  • 1 teaspoon green hot sauce


  1. Place beans in a 5-quart electric slow cooker; set aside.

  2. Cut ribs apart; sprinkle with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Place ribs on a broiling pan.

  3. Broil 5 1/2 inches from heat 18 to 20 minutes or until browned, turning once. Add ribs to slow cooker, and sprinkle with onion.

  4. Combine jelly, barbecue sauce, and hot sauce in a saucepan; cook over low heat until jelly melts. Pour over ribs; stir gently.

  5. Cover and cook at HIGH 5 to 6 hours or at LOW 9 to 10 hours. Remove ribs. Drain bean mixture, reserving sauce. Skim fat from sauce. Arrange ribs over bean mixture; serve with sauce.

  6. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Kraft Thick 'n Spicy Hickory Smoke Barbecue Sauce and Tabasco Green Pepper Sauce.

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