Cooking on the Edge: Apple-Pear Barbecue Ribs

Jesse O. Walls
Executive Editor of New Media

With cooler weather moving in, people are getting out their crock-pots for easy meals that can cook all day with little to no attention required, freeing up time for other things. While soups and stews may seem preferable, the slow cooker is perfect for pork ribs, producing a tender and delectable meat that falls off the bone and melts in the mouth.

In this week’s recipe I combine the sweet taste of apples and the mellow taste of pears to create a rib recipe that is worth savoring time and again. And with ribs being rich in B vitamins, it is a guilty pleasure that not only tastes great, but helps boost energy.

Photo by Jesse O. Walls | Executive Editor of New Media

Photo by Jesse O. Walls | Executive Editor of New Media


Pork ribs
2 cups original barbecue sauce
½ cup sparkling apple beverage
½ cup sparkling pear beverage
1 apple, cored and quartered
1 pear, cored and quartered
1 large white onion, halved and quartered
1 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. ground ginger
½ tsp. ground allspice
½ tsp. ground thyme
2 tbsp. cornstarch


In a 4-quart slow cooker, add all ingredients and cook on low for 7-8 hours, or high for 3 ½-4 hours.

Discard onion, apple and pear slices and transfer ribs to plates.

Add cornstarch to remaining sauce and stir for a couple minutes, until thickened. Pour over ribs.

Serve these ribs with sour cream and chives mashed potatoes and gravy, corn on the cob or baked beans for a delicious Sunday dinner sure to please any crowd.

Bon appétit.