The Easiest Crock Pot BBQ Ribs Recipe

Crock Pot BBQ Ribs Recipe
Jacinda and her Texas brethren will probably call this sacrilege, but I like to make BBQ ribs in the slow cooker. It’s so easy and so mouthwateringly delicious. I usually have the most energy first thing in the morning, and knowing that I’ve already prepared dinner gives me a boost for the rest of my day, knowing that I don’t have to worry later about what I am gonna cook or if anyone is going to have a meltdown because there was too much homework and then I’ll forget to marinate the meat, etc.

So slow-cooker BBQ ribs it is! This is so easy and they are fall-off-the-bone delicious. My family loves ’em, I hope yours does too.
Crockpot BBQ Ribs Recipe

If you love crock pot cooking, try my favorite crock pot recipe: Easy Butternut Squash Soup and get my slow-cooker BBQ ribs recipe after the jump…

Crock Pot BBQ Ribs Recipe

First things first, you’ll need some pork baby back ribs (about 3-4 pounds for a standard rack). Cut them so they will fit into your slow cooker and generously season them with salt and pepper.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the ribs in the oven for 15 minutes, then turn them over and cook for another 15 minutes. This browns the ribs, and lets some of the fat drain off, so they don’t get sloppy/watery in the crockpot.
Slow Cooker Ribs Recipe

While the ribs are in the oven, mix your sauce. Feel free to mess with this recipe as much as you like, this is how we do it (we like our ribs sweet, not spicy because my daughter is anti-spice, but feel free to spice it up with a dash of hot sauce or a teaspoon of crushed red pepper).

2 cups your favorite BBQ sauce
1/4 cup packed brown sugar (or more to taste, if you like ’em really sweet)
4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 shakes Worcestershire sauce (I’m not one for staunch measurements)
3 teaspoons dried oregano
Salt and Pepper to taste

Whisk all those ingredients together.
Slow Cooker Ribs Sauce

Place the ribs in the crockpot, then pour the sauce over. Use tongs to turn the ribs a few times and coat them in sauce.
Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs Recipe

Turn your slowcooker and low and cook for 8 hours or so, until the meat is falling off the bone. If you remember, stir them around once or twice throughout the day so they don’t stick to the sides, but if you forget, that is fine too.

For the last 1/2 hour or so of cooking, remove the lid to let the sauce thicken a bit. Eat!
Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs

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Great recipe! Fantastic flavor. The only change I made was to cut the cooking time down to 7 hours. At 8 the meat was falling off the bone too much.

scott h

trying it right now….sauce tastes yummy added a couple of rounds of honey! (sweet tooth dontchaknow, ha)


Trying it right now… lookd good and simply to put together. Thanks for sharing

David Wright

love the idea about putting them in the oven first, Played with the sauce recipe more to my taste.So this recipe was simple and fast and worked just fine. Try it.

Carla Romanyshyn

Easiest and most delicious!! Will never do ribs any other way again. When they say fall off the bone, they really mean it!


When I add sauce at beginning, tends to have a burnt taste, so I add last 1 1/2 – 2 hours.


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