Bring 1c water to a boil, remove from heat and add the dried chili pepper. Cover and allow to re-hydrate (10-15 min).
Remove chili from water and rinse under water removing any seeds (Any seeds remaining will add HEAT. You can, optionally, add a few, but add gradually and with caution)
In a blender, place the re-hydrated chili pepper (without seeds) and all remaining BBQ sauce ingredients- everything except for the ribs ;). Blend BBQ sauce ingredients on high until smooth. Season to taste with S&P.
Season ribs w/ S&P and place in Crockpot. Top with BBQ sauce. Cook on high for 4-6 hours or low for 8-10 hours. Enjoy!