Catalina Ribs in the Crock-pot Recipe - Pork, Onion, Garlic

Catalina Ribs in the Crock-pot

Catalina Ribs in the Crock-pot Recipe - Pork, Onion, Garlic
Preparation time: 10 minutes | Cooking time: 5-7 hours | Servings: 4-6


Catalina Ribs in the Crock-pot
Catalina Ribs in the Crock-pot

Catalina Ribs in the Crock-pot is a delicious and easy-to-make dish that is perfect for a busy weeknight dinner or a weekend gathering with friends and family. The tangy and sweet flavors of the catalina dressing pair perfectly with the tender pork ribs, creating a mouthwatering meal that everyone will love.


The origins of Catalina Ribs in the Crock-pot are not entirely clear, but it is believed to have been inspired by traditional barbecue recipes that use a combination of sweet and tangy sauces to flavor the meat. The use of catalina dressing in this recipe adds a unique twist and creates a dish that is both flavorful and easy to prepare.


How to prepare

  1. Place the ingredients in the crock-pot.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and cook on low for 5–7 hours.


  • For a spicier version of this dish, add a chopped jalapeno pepper or a dash of hot sauce to the crock-pot.
  • You can also experiment with different types of meat, such as chicken or beef, to create a unique twist on this recipe.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

For best results, sear the pork ribs in a hot skillet before adding them to the crock-pot. This will help to lock in the juices and create a delicious caramelized crust on the meat.

- Be sure to chop the onion and garlic finely to ensure that they are evenly distributed throughout the dish.

- If you prefer a spicier flavor, you can add a pinch of red pepper flakes or a dash of hot sauce to the crock-pot.

Serving Suggestions

Catalina Ribs in the Crock-pot can be served with a side of steamed vegetables, rice, or a fresh salad. The tangy flavors of the dish pair well with a crisp white wine or a cold beer.

Cooking Techniques

The slow cooking method used in this recipe helps to tenderize the pork ribs and allows the flavors to meld together. Be sure to cook the dish on low heat for the recommended time to achieve the best results.

Ingredient Substitutions

If you don't have catalina dressing on hand, you can substitute it with a combination of ketchup, brown sugar, and vinegar. This will create a similar sweet and tangy flavor profile for the dish.

Make Ahead Tips

Catalina Ribs in the Crock-pot can be prepared ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before cooking. Simply combine the ingredients in the crock-pot, cover, and refrigerate until ready to cook.

Presentation Ideas

To make this dish look more visually appealing, garnish it with chopped fresh parsley or green onions before serving. You can also serve it in a decorative serving dish or on a bed of fluffy white rice.

Pairing Recommendations

Catalina Ribs in the Crock-pot pairs well with a variety of side dishes, such as mashed potatoes, cornbread, or coleslaw. For drinks, consider serving it with a glass of iced tea or a fruity sangria.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Leftover Catalina Ribs can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, simply place the ribs in a microwave-safe dish and heat on high for 1-2 minutes, or until warmed through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving



- Total Carbohydrates: 15g

- Dietary Fiber: 1g

- Sugars: 12g


- Total Fat: 20g

- Saturated Fat: 6g

- Trans Fat: 0g


- Protein: 30g

Vitamins and minerals

Vitamin A: 2%

- Vitamin C: 4%

- Calcium: 2%

- Iron: 10%


This recipe contains soy and may contain traces of gluten.


Catalina Ribs in the Crock-pot is a balanced meal that is rich in protein and essential nutrients. While it is relatively high in fat and calories, it can be enjoyed in moderation as part of a healthy diet.


Catalina Ribs in the Crock-pot is a flavorful and easy-to-make dish that is perfect for any occasion. With a few simple ingredients and a crock-pot, you can create a delicious meal that will impress your family and friends. Enjoy!

How did I get this recipe?

I can't forget the moment I stumbled upon this recipe for Catalina Ribs in the Crock-pot. It was a sunny Saturday afternoon, and I was flipping through an old cookbook that I had borrowed from a friend. As I turned the pages, a beautifully illustrated picture of succulent ribs coated in a rich red sauce caught my eye. The recipe was simple and straightforward, but something about it intrigued me.

I decided to give it a try, and as I gathered the ingredients and prepared the ribs, I couldn't help but feel a sense of excitement and anticipation. The aroma that filled my kitchen as the ribs cooked slowly in the Crock-pot was simply irresistible. I knew right then and there that this recipe was going to be a new favorite in my collection.

As the ribs simmered and the sauce thickened, I couldn't resist sneaking a taste. The flavors exploded in my mouth - a perfect balance of sweet and tangy, with just a hint of spice. I knew that this dish was going to be a hit with my family.

When it was finally time to sit down and enjoy our meal, I watched as my loved ones eagerly dug into their plates of Catalina Ribs. The smiles on their faces and the sound of contented sighs filled me with joy. It was moments like these that made all the time and effort I put into cooking worth it.

Over the years, I have made this recipe countless times, each time tweaking it slightly to suit my family's tastes. I have shared it with friends and neighbors, who have all raved about how delicious it is. It has become a staple at family gatherings and potlucks, always disappearing quickly and leaving everyone asking for the recipe.

I often think back to that sunny Saturday afternoon when I first discovered the recipe for Catalina Ribs in the Crock-pot. It opened my eyes to the endless possibilities that cooking can offer, and sparked a passion in me that has only grown stronger over the years.

I am grateful for all the recipes that have come into my life, passed down from generation to generation or shared by friends and strangers alike. Each one has taught me something new about flavors and techniques, and has helped me create memories that will last a lifetime.

As I sit here now, surrounded by my family and the delicious aroma of Catalina Ribs wafting through the air, I can't help but feel blessed. Cooking has brought so much joy and fulfillment into my life, and I am grateful for every moment spent in the kitchen, creating meals that bring people together and warm their hearts.

And so, I will continue to cook and share my recipes with others, passing on the love and passion that I have for food. Because to me, there is no greater joy than seeing the smiles on the faces of those I love as they enjoy a delicious meal made with love and care. Cooking truly is a gift, and one that I will cherish for years to come.


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