Crock Pot Reflections: Big Bubba Update

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I wanted to share photos and give some feedback on the Big Bubba's Ribs recipe.

They came out better than expected. I substituted carrots for sweet I was out of sweet potatoes. It was a bit light on the salt for my taste, but that is an easy fix as I can add salt to the finished product.

This one might need a few attempts to perfect, and as you can imagine I will jump on the sword until it is perfected.

And remember...Serves 1.

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Here are the ribs right before the lid to the crock was added. That brown cube of ice is the beef stock. We make the beef stock and freeze it for later use. Pretty simple to just throw it in the crock pot while still frozen.

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Here are the ribs after I pulled the lid off 8 hours later. Looks pretty good.


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10 Responses to Crock Pot Reflections: Big Bubba Update

  1. nick

    These are in the crockpot right now. very excited to see how they turn out.

  2. Jake

    So no beets? Sweet potatoes or carrots instead?

    Looks delicious btw.

  3. Ingo B

    Curious where you get your beef. Do you buy a cow from a local ranch, or do you have a favorite butcher shop? Or Whole Foods?

    Per pound, the buying-a-local-cow arrangement is fantastic, but you need freezer space.

    • We score our meat from two locations. We buy local from a rancher who raises meat north of Santa Barbara and from John @ Wellness Meats. His meat is about the best there is.

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  5. Hey John, I did the ribs yesterday, and took some pictures as well. Check it out

  6. Nick

    Just made these last night using some Kobe Beef ribs from The Meat House. They came out very tender and quite delicious. Since Bubba’s was not available, I bought a local Chipotle brand called ‘Jakes’ I think. I did break the cardinal rule, though, and shared some with my kids. Never again! Thanks John for keeping us well fed.

  7. Rich D

    How big of a crockpot does John have? 5# of ribs barely fit into my 6 quart.

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