Crockpot Country Ribs with Mashed Potatoes

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 26, 2009

1.5 lb pork ribs ($1.98) Manager’s Special
1/4 – 1/2 bottle favorite BBQ sauce ($.50)
1 onion ($.40)
3 cloves garlic, crushed ($.03)
8-10 small potatoes (about 2-3 lbs) ($.80)
1/2 – 1 cup milk ($.13) I used rice milk
2-3 Tbsp butter or olive oil ($.20) See GFCFSF mashed potato recipe here
Salt/pepper, to taste
2 large broccoli heads ($1) Price matched from Kroger

1. Place 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce in the bottom of the crockpot. Place ribs on top of BBQ sauce. Sprinkle chopped onion and crushed garlic around and on top of ribs. Pour 1 cup or so of BBQ sauce over ribs. Cook on low for 8 hours.
2. Peel and cut potatoes into quarters. Boil for 10-15 minutes, until soft. Strain water and place in bowl. Add milk and butter/olive oil. Mash. Add salt and pepper to taste. Could also mix in crushed garlic, parmesan cheese, sour cream, whatever you like!
3. Steam broccoli in steamer.
4. Serve ribs with mashed potatoes and broccoli.

Cost $5.04

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Gluten Free Made Easy February 26, 2009 at 7:05 pm

I love that so many of your recipes are gluten free! Keep up the great work!


Jackie February 26, 2009 at 9:28 pm

This looks great and I’d love to make it. I never cook ribs because I thought it was more complicated, but your recipe makes it look easy. Do you know how many people 1.5 pounds will feed?


Doris February 26, 2009 at 9:38 pm

I have had a lot of trouble doing BBQ sauce in my crockpot. Everytime I do, it burns and my meat gets this burned taste to it as well. Do you have any suggestions? (I do use the low setting when cooking, so I don’t know what else I can do!)


$5 Dinner Mom February 26, 2009 at 10:06 pm

Jackie- These fed the 4 of us easily. 2 adults, 2 kids.

Doris- There was some darker browning, but not burnt, on the edge of my crockpot. No trouble on the meat. Perhaps cook it on high and check it every hour and watch when it starts to get darker brown. Then switch to low for another hour, then off. That’s all I can think of.

Anyone else have any ideas?


Lori February 27, 2009 at 2:34 am

I love to do country ribs in the crockpot. This meal looks delicious!


motherhen68 February 27, 2009 at 7:44 am

Because country ribs have so much fat, which turns to grease, I hold off on the bbq sauce until the ribs are cooked (8 hours later). I then take the ribs off the bone, place the shredded/cubed/fall off the bone meat onto a baking pan. I sprinkle bbq sauce on them and pop them in a 400 degree oven for 10 minutes. This will keep the meat from tasting so greasy and it caramelizes the bbq sauce w/out burning it.



Gloria February 27, 2009 at 7:46 am

My son loves ribs and I love the crockpot …!

Definitely going to make ribs this coming week.


Sandy February 28, 2009 at 11:08 am

I would love to do these dinner at $5 but here in NY I find prices to be so much higher. (sigh) I aim for $10 and usually beat it but I sure would love those ribs at any price!


Jackie April 2, 2009 at 9:22 pm

I finally had a chance to make this today.(Our schedules have been so hectic because my girls were both in the high school play and I’m president of the parent group.) OMG…it was so good and so easy! Definitely will make again because everyone enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing the recipe!


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Bonnie November 7, 2009 at 11:53 am

Doris – I have the same problem with BBQ sauce in the crockpot. I find that I need to add some water (1/4-1/2 cup) along with the sauce and it definitely works! The sauce is still a good consistency after cooking all day.

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Lisa H. August 17, 2011 at 2:52 pm

You can also use crock pot liners. You just pick up the whole mess when you are thru and the pot is spotless. Great invention.


SandiBlonde September 26, 2011 at 1:32 pm

I have also had problems with things burning (around the edges) when I cook in my corck pot, so whatever kind of meat I’m using, I will add a little bit of either beef broth or chicken broth. If I am using a marinade (i.e., 30 Minute Marinade) and I’m making some potatoes with the meat, I will add a little bit of water (3/4 cup to 1 cup) because the marinade can sometimes be a bit too strong. Hope this helps!


Lisa March 16, 2012 at 12:36 am

I made this today and it was delicious! I added a few baby carrots in the last 2 hours and served with mashed potatoes as per the recipe. It was so easy and I will definitely make it again. Thank you for the great recipe.


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