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Apple and Sage Crockpot Spare Ribs

apple pork spare ribsI really should take advantage of my crockpot more. Honestly, I love it, but when it comes time to plan dinner for whatever reason I never think about using my crockpot. I know it’s there and I know it can save me some cooking time, but I just have yet to really embrace my inner crockpot diva.

Recently my local Kroger had some country-style pork ribs on sale. I was able to purchase 2lbs for about $3. I still had a few apples leftover from the crate my mother-in-law gathered from her family farm so I thought I would give some apples and rips in the crockpot a whirl.

apple sage spareribs

I have to say they turned out better than I thought.  I only wish this photo turned out better. When photographing the crockpot things look fine on the camera and even in preview mode. But, there is nothing going on in this photo but blur. Not a single one of my crockpot photos turned out.

No need to adjust your monitors or have your eyes checked. It’s my photo not your eyes 😉

Sorry about that. Just another lesson learned that I must take a whole bunch more photos just in case.  I decided to go ahead and post one so that you could get some idea as to what it looks like in the pot.

apple pork spare ribs crockpotYou can pair these country-style apple and sage crockpot spare ribs with some potato, rice or other vegetable.

Apple and Sage Crockpot Spare Ribs

Chrystal Mahan YUMeating.com


  • 2 lb country-style pork ribs
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 small apples cored and quartered
  • 1.5 tsp rubbed sage
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp all spice


  • Pour 1 cup water in the crockpot.
  • Add the ribs.
  • Add all the seasoning.
  • Arrange the apples around the ribs.
  • Cook on low for 6 hours.


Are you a rib fan? How do you like them prepared?

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  1. No a huge rib fan, but I do love my crockpot. We have been trying to find healthier recipes that we will eat that utilize it. We have an wonderful spinach lasagna that we love. We also got the daily Crockpot calendar for a couple of years now, which we’ve adapted some of the recipes to fit our dietary plan.

    1. I don’t mind ribs if they are boneless and just big chunks of meat like these. It seems to help a bit because it’s more like a pork chop or something. I have a few crockpot cookbooks. I need to bust those out and really start testing some recipes and see what I can make for us.

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