Amazing & Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs

Published on June 26, 2015 By Lauren

You don't need a smoker to have AWESOME ribs! These Slow Cooker Ribs will fit the bill when you're in the mood for some fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs. crockpot ribs

You don't need a smoker to have AWESOME ribs! These Slow Cooker Crockpot Ribs will fit the bill when you're in the mood for some fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs.

Only a few ingredients and 4 hours in the slow cooker will make your family VERY happy!

You don't have to use baby back ribs, but I like them better than country style, and they seem to fit into the slow cooker a little easier. Some recipes just call for BBQ sauce, but the paprika, pepper, and garlic really kick these up a notch. Once the ribs are done and you pull them out, the sauce left in the slow cooker is so good; you will definitely want to pour some extra on the ribs!

crockpot ribs

Chop the ribs in half, and then slice the onion and lay it on the bottom of the slow cooker. Top with the ribs, then the spices and finally the BBQ sauce and the water.

crockpot ribs

Set your slow cooker to high for 4 hours, although medium for 6 hours will work. 4 hours seems to be the perfect cook time for these. You want them tender and to come off the bone easily when you bite them, but not so much that they will fall apart when you simply pick them up. If you cook them on low for 8 or 10 hours, they will just fall apart. Don't get me wrong, the meat will still be awesome, but just not quite what you want with ribs.

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Slow Cooker Ribs
  • 2 - 2.5 lbs. baby back pork ribs
  • 1/2 onion sliced
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 16 oz. bottle BBQ sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1/2 cup water
  1. Slice onion and place on bottom of slow cooker.
  2. Cut ribs into halves or thirds and place over the onion.
  3. Add all spices and garlic on top of the ribs.
  4. Add the BBQ sauce and water.
  5. Cook on high for 4 hours or medium for 6 hours.
  6. Remove from slow cooker and enjoy!

crockpot ribs

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    • Delicious, smokey depth of flavors to the ribs. I keep a scrap bag of leftover veggies, i.e. red peppers, carrots, celery which I use to flavor soups or stocks but i threw them in the bed of the crockpot, more garlic (I’m Italian 🙂 and a teaspoon of molasses. They were moist and tender, the bed of veggies is so important. My husband ate almost every last one. I had to pry a second one for me from his hands, which is all I ended up getting. But he’s Superman and more than worth it. Thank you for a really great recipe that me and Superman both enjoyed.

    • I love ribs, but my dad lacks teeth in the front of his mouth, so I can’t usually male them. I made your recipe and cooked it on low for 7 1/2 hours. The meat fell off the bone! My dad and I had the best robs ever! Thank you!

    • Thank you for your help! Super easy meal, had used recipe in past just forgot amounts. Great for Father’s Day and don’t need to turn oven on. CLD

    • Hello Lauren, I don’t use my slow cooker so as I am writing this I placed everything in my pressure cooker. I am hoping that the receipe and cooking time stays the same. I will definitely let you know but I am looking so forward to eating these ribs. Thanks for sharing!

    • There is no such slow cooker setting as Medium!!!
      I’m gonna be really upset if, after 8 hours on low, the only good alternative, this turns out to be a waste of effort (and money). I can’t believe I didn’t realize before that there was no such setting.

      • Howard check your slow cooker very carefully, mine has a medium setting on it and anyone else I know also have a medium setting on theirs.
        It is possible that your brand does not have a medium setting but I have never seen one without the medium setting

      • I only have “warm, low, and high” settings on all 3 of my crockpots SBLbut I cooked this on low for 7 hours and it came out just fine.

      • My slow cooker only has warm, low, and high. I cook these on low for 8 hours and they are delicious. Be sure to peel the membrane off the back to make them more tender.

    • I have been loving all of your recipes so much… thank you!! I couldn’t find 2-2.5 lbs of babyback ribs at Aldi… I got 3.07 lbs which was the smallest one they had. Wonder if I should increase the amount of anything in it?

    • my opinion is that it will feed 2-3 people…maybe 4 small children?
      i just put some in the crock, with this recipe and that’s for their lunch, and mine .
      🙂 maybe mom can have some too… hee hee

  • yo, Lauren G. i’ve made my own red sauce from scratch before and your recipe for authentic Sicilian sauce is right on target, thanks for keeping it simple & traditional. i’m now all over your ribs cooked in a slow cooker recipe. again, is not new to me, but thanks for putting cooking recipes out on the net.

  • Does anyone know if you could use country ribs in this recipe instead and would it change the cooking times?

  • These are currently in the crockpot as Im typing this… I bought a little over 3lbs of baby back ribs, so I added 1 more clove of garlic, added a cup of water and just about 16oz of bbq sauce by Guy Fieri Brown sugar and bourbon flavor. Cant wait until these are done! thanks for the easy recipe!

      • I feel like my slow cooker cooks everything super fast. I had mine go for 4 hours on low and they’re dry. Sometimes idk if it’s not done all the way since it took such little time or if they’re just over cooked. Three hours next time I guess.

  • Thank you Lauren – just cooked these delicious!

    The only change I made was to add an extra half a cup of water and to put them in the oven at the end at 190c for 15mins with some extra sauce…..4 hours in the slow cooker on high is perfect!

    This will become a regular at our house.

  • I have a recipe where you bake in the oven with a spice rub of your choice, close to this one, then charcoal grill them 2 minutes on each side. Why not crock pot bake for 3 hours instead of four and then grill? We served them over polenta with the juices left and it was amazing!

    • Well Jennifer,
      This is Lauren’s recipe and it was posted based on how she cooked it and the good results she received from it. If you’d like to create your way of doing ribs, then do that and not question the chef’s recipe, it’s disrespectful. How it was posted on her blog is how it’s suppose to be, not you recreate your version of the recipe and question why Lauren will not try it your way. Start your own recipe blog.

      • She wasn’t questioning it, it was more like a suggestion to herself that ended up working. Like “why not do this too?!” She probably thought to herself.

  • Hi Lauren,

    We made these at thanksgiving and they were amazing. It easily fed three people as a main course using our 5 quart crock pot 6 hours on medium . We’re wondering how to scale this to feed 7 adults and two kids at Christmas. I’ll be able to borrow a 12 quart crockpot. Can I double all the ingredients and cook the same duration or is it twice as long?

    • My crockpots have only had low and high settings also. When you cooked them on low for 6 hours were they fall off the bone?

  • We sear the ribs quickly on the bbq earlier first
    with a few soaked wood chips to create smoke…then put in crockpot to slow cook a few hours…Best of both worlds!!
    and with the potatoe salad made the day before, and other salads or desserts brought by our guests, I can actually enjoy the party!!!

  • This is my go to recipe for ribs. I cook on low for 8 hours. Then broil the ribs with extra barbecue sauce for about 5 minutes. Ribs are fall off the bone good and so tender! Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe!

  • I saw the recipe for ribs and I L USI my crock pot and I love ribs so I wanted to give it a try
    Do I went to the store with bought S and a just put them in
    I will let you know H they turn out.

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