July 8, 2010

What's Cookin' - Sweet 'n Sour Country Style Pork Ribs a la Crock Pot

We have been gearing up for FOTS temperatures here, which stands for Face Of The Sun. This is when you burn your hand just trying to open the car door, dry armpits are wishful thinking and you water the plants outdoors while it's still dark so that it doesn't evaporate before it hits the dirt. This is when you break out the crock pot and the oven becomes a decorative object in the kitchen.

I got a great deal on some big, meaty boneless country style pork ribs recently and decided to slow cook them in a sweet 'n sour sauce, then serve them over rice. Pretty yummy! I used the large 5 quart crock pot and made a ton. This dish gets even better reheated and freezes well so making a lot is not a problem.

Sweet 'n Sour Country Style Pork Ribs

4 pounds boneless country style pork ribs
1/2 of a red onion, chunked
1/2 of a bell pepper, seeded and chunked
3 cloves garlic, peeled and chunked
1-20 oz. can pineapple tidbits (do not drain)
1-15 oz. can tomato sauce
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 T. tomato paste
2 T. worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper

Spray the crock pot with oil and set it on High. Chop the ribs into large pieces and place in the crock pot.

Chop the onion, bell pepper and garlic into chunks and mix together in a large bowl.

Add the pineapple tidbits (including juice), tomato sauce, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, tomato paste, worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.

Pour the sweet 'n sour mixture over the ribs in the crock pot. Put the lid on and cook on High for one hour. Then drop the temperature to low and continue cooking for at least another five hours. Serve over plain white rice. Stay cool!


Dazee Dreamer said...

god. that looks delicious. I might just have to try it. thanks

Duchess said...

Looks delicious and those temperatures look awful. Stay cool, friend!

Loren said...

Wow...that is some serious heat!! With Rain too?? sheesh!

Your recipe sounds wonderful!!! I remember one week I was listening to the Lord and I felt like HE was saying to plan EVERY MEAL in my crockpot! I was like "HUH?" that just sounded so weird to me...but I did and guess what? My oven went out that week!!!!! NO WAY! God cares sooo much even down to letting me know how to plan my menu for that week! I will definitely be trying this one as I LOVE to cook in my crock pot!

Big hugs to you today !

lisaschaos said...

You make that heat sound absolutely unbearable! Ouch! Watering plants in the dark so it actually gets to the plants? lol Your food looks yummy and I love using the crockpot, I don't like standing around the stove. :)

cfoxes33 said...

I refuse to complain any more. It's 93 deg here in SW Ohio and nothing like yours. Those ribs look amazing! I'm a gonna try that recipe.

WhisperingWriter said...


The high was only 65 over here today.

Tightwad Mom said...

Looks delicious! I love crock pot recipes!

Just Breathe said...

Sounds delicious, thanks!