This is the perfect recipe for leftover ribs. Don’t have leftover ribs? Make a double batch of slow cooker ribs so you can have ribs one day, and Mini Rib Sliders the next. You won’t regret it.
I love messy food. It makes my heart happy. There is nothing like saucy sliders. I figure just grab a bib and get your grub on. Why fight it.
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I opened it back up and noticed a difference right away. So I took some more photos on my iPhone just in case I needed them.
Hubs came home and he went to load his work dishes in the dishwasher. He asked me if I put something in the bottom of it as a test. What?
Well, apparently we had a plastic measuring cup floating about in the dishwasher. He brought it over to show me. It had managed to catch some of the dirt residue inside of it.
Let’s just say we’re throwing it out. It looks like it was used for gardening and digging in the dirt. Not. Even. Kidding! So gross.
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Okay so now that I’ve changed you whole dishwashing life it’s time to talk sliders. Make them. Now. Right now. Seriously. Now. I whipped up a double batch of Slow Cooker Ribs just for this recipe.
The first day we ate half the ribs with gusto. While they were crisping on the grill I took the time to pull all the meat off the other half of the ribs. It’s super easy because the meat just falls off the bone.
The next day I popped the meat back in the slow cooker with some added flavour. I let it simmer away for a bit. Then took it out and shredded it just like shredded pork or chicken.
Once you have the meat shredded you just toss it in a skillet and add more flavour. Cook just long enough to caramelize the edges.
I’m not even kidding. These Mini Rib Sliders will rock your world.
- 2 racks of previously cooked ribs, use your favourite or my slow cooker ribs
- ½ cup liquid vegetable broth
- ½ teaspoon salt, more or less if desired
- ½ teaspoon pepper, more or less if desired
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 cup of your favourite BBQ sauce
- ¼ cup brown sugar, if desired
- 1 package of mini slider buns
- Make sure you remember this is a recipe for leftover ribs before you start.
- Use my slow cooker rib recipe for the first step of cooking the ribs the day before making this.
- Once your ribs are slow cooked all day pull all the meat of the bones. Do it while the ribs are still warn because it's so much easier to do. Pop the meat in a container and place in the fridge overnight.
- Pull the meat out of the fridge and pop it back in the slow cooker. It's already cooked so we're just softening it a bit more for the pulling process.
- Add ½ cup of liquid vegetable broth. Better Than Bouillon is what I used.
- Add the spices and give it a stir.
- Pop the lid on your slow cooker and cook the meat for about 2 hours, just enough to soften the meat enough to pull it apart. Every slow cooker is different so this time could vary quite a bit for each size. I'd say cook it no less than 2 hours but no more than 3-4 or it will be too dry.
- Remove the meat from the slow cooker and drain any excess juices. Now shred you meat. I use a hand mixer with dough attachments. Nope, not even kidding. I'll post a video next time I do it so you can see how easy it is. If you don't have a hand mixer just use two forks and pull the meat apart. It's super easy to do. You can even chop it with a knife if need be.
- Now grab a huge cast iron skillet or good quality pan, turn heat to medium and add the meat to the pan. Pour the BBQ sauce over top. If using brown sugar add that now too. It really does help caramelize the meat beautifully. But if you're avoiding sugar it's okay to leave it out. Allow to cook for about 5 to 10 minutes, just enough to crisp the edges of the meat a bit.
- Place heaping spoonfuls of the meat on slider buns.
- Serve with a big old rib loving smile!
Hope you love these. As I said previously please remember this is a recipe for Leftover Ribs so you have to start with cooked ribs. This is really important!!
Make sure you try out these Mini Rib Sliders! While you’re at it make sure you also try out Finish® Dishwasher Cleaner!
Tune in this week for more amazing recipes, plus some fabulous giveaways.
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