Crockpot Barbeque RIBS Recipe

Meet the most fall-off-the-bone tender, no oven, I-think-I’m-gonna-need-a-bigger-bib Crockpot Ribs. Do yourself and every rib lover in your life a finger-licking favor: put a batch in your slow cooker. Baby backs, spare ribs, country…this recipe works with any of your favorite cuts.

The BEST slow cooker ribs with BBQ sauce

Why You’ll Love Slow Cooker Ribs

  • In addition to being one of the best crock pot recipes to come out of my kitchen in a long time, these slow cooker ribs have a full rack of winning qualities.
  • Barbecue Paradise. Like my Instant Pot Ribs, these crockpot ribs have the deep, smoky barbecue that you love. When the cooking time has ended, you’ll open your crockpot to find the best slow cooker ribs you’ve ever had.
  • The Prep is Quick and Easy. You’ll need less than 10 minutes to get them sauced and in your slow cooker (perhaps only this Shredded Chicken Sandwich recipe is easier). The slow cooker does the rest of the work while you go about your day.
  • The BBQ Sauce is Homemade. Seriously once you go with homemade BBQ, there’s no going back (this is my favorite from-scratch Barbecue Sauce recipe).
  • Keep the Oven Off. Ribs in the oven at 200 degrees take 3 to 4 hours, which is a looooong time to have my oven running. The slow cooker will keep the house cool and the oven available if you need it for other endeavors (like making a side of this Beer Bread to go with your ribs).
  • Less Risk of Overcooking. While I adore the flavor of meat made on the grill (hello, Grilled Chicken Breast), how long to cook ribs on the grill is challenging even for pit masters. Keep it simple and let the slow cooker do the work.
  • Falling Off the Bone Tender. You can pull them apart with your fingers!
  • These tender ribs are ideal for game day parties, easy weeknight dinners, or anytime you’re in the mood for something undeniably delicious.

This easy slow cooker ribs recipe with homemade barbecue sauce makes the BEST fall-off-the-bone tender crockpot ribs. Perfect for a crowd.

PREP: 10minutes

COOK: 8hours

TOTAL: 8hours

SERVINGS: 6 servings

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 1/2 to 4 pounds pork ribs cut into individual ribs (spare ribs, baby back, or country-style will all work with this method; I used baby back)
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Spray a 6-quart or larger slow cooker with nonstick spray.
  2. Add the ribs in an even layer.
  3. In a small bowl or large measuring cup, stir together the ketchup, molasses, vinegar, hot sauce, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  4. Pour half of the sauce over the ribs, then cover the sauce bowl and save the rest in the refrigerator.
  5. Cover the ribs and cook on LOW for 8 hours, until they are cooked and ultra-tender.
  6. Serve immediately with the reserved sauce (I like to warm up the extra sauce for serving too).
NOTES:

STORE-BOUGHT SAUCE: You can also make crockpot ribs with store-bought sauce, like Sweet Baby Rays, if you prefer. Simply swap the homemade bbq sauce ingredients for 1-2 cups of your favorite premade variety and cook as directed in the recipe.

TO STORE: Leftover ribs may be stored, in an airtight container, for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.

TO FREEZE: Cooked crockpot ribs may be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. Defrost overnight in the refrigerator before warming.

TO REHEAT: Warm the ribs in a slow cooker on LOW until heated through. You may also warm in a large, covered, saucepan on the stovetop over LOW heat or in the microwave in a covered container until heated through. I suggest adding a bit of water and/or barbecue sauce to the ribs before warming to prevent them from drying out.

What to Serve with Tender Ribs

Slaws. Try this Healthy Coleslaw for something classic or Brussels Sprouts Slaw for something different.

Cornbread. Perfect for sopping up extra sauce! Try Mexican Cornbread, Jalapeno Cornbread, or Cornbread Muffins.

Baked Beans. Boston Baked Beans cook gently in the oven. Easy Baked Beans are fast and easy.

Corn on the Cobb. Everyone loves Grilled Corn with their ribs!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:

SERVING: 1(of 6), without additional sauce

CALORIES:579kcalCARBOHYDRATES:16gPROTEIN:29gFAT:43gSATURATEDFAT:14gPOLYUNSATURATEDFAT:7gMONOUNSATURATEDFAT:16gTRANSFAT:1gCHOLESTEROL:148mgPOTASSIUM: 731mgFIBER: 1gSUGAR: 15gVITAMIN A: 203IUVITAMIN C: 1mgCALCIUM: 62mgIRON: 3mg

 

 

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