Learn how to make saucy, tender barbecued baby back ribs in 5 easy steps.
Baby back ribs are cut from the lower back rib section of a pig's loin. They are meatier and leaner than spare ribs, which come from the belly section. Each rack usually contains 10 to 13 ribs and weighs 1.75 to 2 pounds. Experience the fall-off-the-bone goodness of baby back ribs from a slow cooker with the tips below.
Using a large chef's knife, cut the ribs into two- to three-rib portions.
Tip: For appetizer-size portions, ask your butcher to cut the ribs in half lengthwise.
Using tongs, transfer each rib portion to a serving platter.
If necessary, thicken the sauce: If using low-heat setting, turn to high-heat setting. In a small bowl combine 2 tablespoons cornstarch and 2 tablespoons cold water; stir into sauce. Cover and cook for 15 minutes more or until sauce is thickened. (Cover ribs with foil to keep them warm as the sauce thickens.)