I actually remembered to bring this bag out 24 hours ahead of time, so by the time I needed to pour it into the crock pot, it was totally defrosted and ready to go. I also remembered the crock pot liner this time, so Daughter #1 will like that, since she is in charge of dishes.
They cooked on low and the meat simply FELL OFF THE BONE. It was so tender. This meal is our first one that really is just the entree portion of the meal, and I have to prepare accompaniments for it. I chose a poor day for this, since we have a volleyball tournament, husband flying in from out of town and 100 different places to be at night. That is my own fault. So, when you're doing the meals that require more than what's in the bag, keep in mind what your schedule will be like that evening.
We had 5 people eating and it was not enough meat for everyone, I would suggest doubling the batch if you are going to serve more than 4 people. We ate this with rice, brussel sprouts, mushrooms and Italian bread. It was a good combination.
I think the recipe was just fine, but I want to make a note about the cooking time. I made a mistake of leaving them in the crock-pot for too long. This caused some of them to be dry almost to the point of crumbling. However, the ones which still remained moist had a very good taste and texture. The recipe calls for 6 hours of cook time. If you are not ready to eat at that time, pull them out with the juice and let the sit until you're ready. I kept them on warm in the crock-pot for far too long.
I believe this to be a good recipe, when we make the second batch that I still have in the freezer, I believe it will be much better when I take them out at the appropriate time.
Our ranking system is Yummy, Good, Ok and Yuck.
From the peanut gallery:
Number 1 son: Potentially good
Number 1 father in law: Potentially good
Number 2 daughter: Potentially good
Number 3 daughter: Potentially good
My personal opinion is: Potentially good
The general feeling is that Mom goofed up the cooking on this one, but that the sauce had good flavor and the ribs which didn't dry out were very tasty. We will try this one again and revisit this review. I think this has the potential to be a very good dish. We just need to increase the amount of meat cooked and reduce the cook time to what the recipe calls for.