Barbecue pork ribs and a side of coleslaw

Fall from the bone, melt in your mouth pork ribs are a favourite with John and the barbarian boys. Even the one that is now vegetarian looked wistful when I made these and commented that they had been a favourite!

These are easy enough to do, even for a busy weekday, as they can be left in the slow cooker and only take minutes to finish off. The recipe doubles easily for feeding a crowd, you just need lots of napkins!

Pork ribs

Melt in the mouth, slow cooked pork ribs
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs 20 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 30 mins
Course Supper
Servings 4


  • Slow cooker or large oven proof casserole dish


  • 4 racks pork ribs
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 litre water To make the stock, you may need more to cover the ribs entirely
  • 1 pork stock cube I use Knorr

Barbecue Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons black strap molasses you can also use treacle
  • 2 tablespoons tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon Jack Daniels If you don't want to use alcohol substitute apple juice
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke


  • Pop the onion, pork ribs and stock into your slow cooker or casserole dish.
  • Cook for 6 hours on medium in the slow cooker or 3 hours at 140C in the oven.
  • Very, very carefully remove the ribs from the liquid and place on a baking tray.
  • Mix the ingredients for the barbecue sauce together.
  • Brush the ribs with the barbecue sauce.
  • Roast in the oven at 180C for 10 to 15 minutes until sticky and browned.
  • Serve with your favourite sides and lots of napkins.


You can easily double this recipe when feeding a crowd. I usually serve it with corn on the cob, coleslaw or potato salad. 
Keyword Gluten free, Pork, slow cooker


An old fashioned favourite
Prep Time 20 mins
Course Salad, Side Dish
Servings 4


  • Grater


  • 1/2 cabbage red or green
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 onion brown or red
  • 2 tablespoons good quality mayonnaise You can substitute two tablespoons of plain yoghurt if you prefer.


  • Remove the outer leaves and hard stalk from your cabbage, slice finely or grate.
  • Peel and grate your carrots
  • Peel and grate your onion
  • Combine all your ingredients in a bowl and stir in the mayonnaise.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste
  • Serve with your favourite barbecue dish. Coleslaw is also good in a ham sandwich.


A grater attachment for your food processor makes quick work of this dish, if you are using a manual grater it takes a little longer and possibly a few tears from the onion.
Keyword Gluten free

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