Crock to Cue: Break out the slow cooker but leave out the BBQ for these succulent ribs

Crock to Cue: Break out the slow cooker but leave out the BBQ for these succulent ribs

Culinary-wise, I think of this as a transitional time of year when you’re not quite ready to say good-bye to the barbecue, but you’re itching to break out (or try out) the slow cooker. With your work schedule and - if you have kids - after-school activities heating up, these days evenings can be too hectic to linger over the grill tending meats than require longer cooking times such as ribs. And yet, it seems a tad too early to dive into cold-weather comfort foods ideal for the slow cooker such as stews and roasts. The solution? Let your slow cooker do the heavy lifting – that is, cook up these fabulous ribs all day – and then, when you get home, finish them off on the cue. The result: BBQ Ribs with a grill-time of 15 minutes or less.

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Slow cookers: They're getting better with time

Slow cookers: They're getting better with time

It’s almost that time of year again – prime slow cooker season – so I thought I’d share a story I wrote that was published in National Post a few years ago because it lends a perspective on how much the crock-pot world has progressed in the past decade or so. Stay tuned for future blogs in which we’ll be looking at new appliances and related products, best cookbooks, and fab recipes. In the meantime – crock on!

My hands trembled with excitement as I wrestled the appliance out of its box. Although it's been more than 10 years since my slow cooker cookbook, How to Make Love and Dinner at the Same Time, came out, I still get weak in the knees every time a new model hits the shelves...


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