For the ribs
- 1 full rack of spare or back ribs
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (1 large lemon)
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
- 6 cloves garlic, smashed and minced
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 cup water
For the glaze
- 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup honey
- In a 6-quart or larger slow cooker that has not been turned on, add the ribs. Cut and layer as necessary to get them to fit.
- In a small bowl, combine the lemon juice, salt, mustard, garlic, onion powder, thyme, and black pepper.
- Use your hands to rub the mixture into the ribs, top and bottom and all over.
- Place the lid on the turned off crockpot and let the ribs sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, add 1/4 cup water to the bottom of the slow cooker. Try not to wash the rub off of the ribs, add the water near the edge.
- Turn the crock pot on and turn the heat to low. Cook for 5-6 hours. The meat should be tender and shred easily with a fork.
- Line a large rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Transfer the ribs to the baking sheet.
- Make the glaze: Pour 1 and 1/4 cups of the cooking juices from the crock pot into a small saucepan and set over medium high heat. Add the balsamic vinegar and honey. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Let simmer and bubble actively for 6-8 minutes, until the glaze has thickened and looks syrupy. It should coat the back of a spoon.
- Preheat your broiler to high heat and move the oven rack to the top, so that it’s just a few inches away from the heat source.
- Brush some of the glaze over the ribs. Broil in the oven for 2-3 minutes. Brush the ribs again with the glaze, rotate the pan, and return to the broiler. Broil for another 2-3 minutes. Don’t walk away! Set a timer! Can you imagine burning your ribs at this point after waiting this long??? All the tears.
- Serve ribs hot with the extra glaze!
- I served these with My Favorite Coleslaw and Literally the Best Mac and Cheese I’ve Ever Had. Soooo good.