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With kids going back to school and schedules for work and play speeding up, September is the perfect month to take advantage of your crockpot. Using a crockpot or slow cooker is a great way to spend minutes preparing a meal to get a rich, tender dinner a few hours later.
In this recipe, a combination of sweet pineapple and honey with spicy chili sauce makes a special sauce for lean back ribs. Round out the meal with some creamy garlic mashed potatoes and a fresh garden salad and you've got a dinner that's going to shine -- in the middle of the week or anytime! If you want to reduce the amount of fat in this recipe, simply make the ribs a day ahead of time and refrigerate overnight. In the evening, skim the fat from the top of the ribs and warm through.
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Cut the onions into large wedges and place in the bottom of a crockpot. Arrange the ribs over the onions. Combine the remaining ingredients in a large bowl and pour over the ribs. Turn the crockpot to the LOW setting, cover and cook for 8-10 hours or until the ribs are soft and the sauce thickened.
Yields: 6-8 servings
Preparation Time: 10 minutes plus 8-10 hours cooking time