Nothing says summer like a tender and delicious Crock Pot BBQ Ribs Recipe. Make baby back ribs in the slow cooker and let them simmer until the meat just comes right off the bone.
These crockpot barbeque ribs are a crowd-pleasing favorite. A tasty BBQ glaze that caramelizes in the slow warmth of the crockpot is sure to make everyone happy.
Crock Pot BBQ Ribs Recipe
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Crockpot Barbecue Ribs
- Summertime is easy livin’ with barbecue recipes like this one.
- A simple homemade rub and a doctored-up rib sauce mean there’s more time to enjoy time with friends and family.
- The dry rub can be mixed with sour cream and used as a dip or topped on a baked potato, mixed into melted butter, tossed with popcorn, or brushed over corn on the cob.
Tailor these ingredients to make a signature version. Sweeter? Spicier? No problem. Just adjust as desired.
RIBS: Baby back ribs are called for in this recipe, use fresh or frozen. Don’t forget to remove the silver membrane!
RUB: Paprika, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, lemon pepper, and salt is all it takes. Experiment with other seasonings like cayenne pepper, ground oregano or rosemary, and even lemon or orange zest. Use this rub for more than the barbecue. It is great on pork chops, steaks, chicken, salmon, even veggies.
SAUCE: This is the best part. Ketchup for that tomato-y base, chili sauce for a spicy kick, and then the barbecue sauce that fits whatever flavor profile. Kansas City style, or Spicy brown sugar.
How To Cook Baby Back Ribs in A Crock Pot
Ribs are so easy in the crockpot:
- Remove the sinew from the ribs and cut them to fit in the crockpot. Cover both sides with dry rub.
- Place ribs in the crockpot with the onion, garlic, & water.
- Cook ribs until they are fork-tender (8 hours on low or 4 hours on high).
- Remove ribs and brush on the rib sauce.
- Place them under the broiler until the sauce caramelizes onto the ribs and they’re charred on the outside.
Should I put BBQ sauce on before cooking?
No matter how they are cooked, ribs should be basted or brushed with the sauce in the last 20 or 30 minutes of cooking. This is after the fat and liquid has already been cooked out so the sauce can stick to the meat.
Tips For Tasty Ribs!
To keep ribs from sticking to the bottom of the crockpot, place the sliced onions on the bottom and lay the ribs on top. This creates a ‘raft’ for the ribs to cook on as well as seasons them with the onion.
Check that the ribs are immersed in the cooking liquid so they don’t dry out, or stir them frequently.
Our Fave Sides for Ribs
- Cauliflower Potato Salad – ribs and potatoes pair so well.
- Easy Homemade Zoodles – make the family extra happy with this one.
- Air Fryer Daikon Fries – a new twist on fries.
- Air Fryer Roasted Broccoli – a gentle and easy side dish.
Crock Pot BBQ Ribs Recipe
- 2 racks baby back ribs about 3-4 pounds
- ½ cup water
- 4 cloves garlic sliced
- 1 onion sliced
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¾ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon lemon pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
BBQ Rib Sauce
- ¼ cup ketchup
- ½ cup chili sauce
- ½ cup BBQ Sauce use your favorite
- Combine rib rub ingredients and set aside.
- Remove silver membrane from the back of ribs. Cut ribs into sections that have 3-4 ribs per section and massage rub mixture into the ribs on all sides.
- Add ribs, onion, sliced garlic, and water to slow cooker.
- Cook ribs for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low, or until ribs are fork-tender.
- Preheat broiler (or grill). Combine ketchup, chili sauce, and barbecue sauce.
- Brush ribs with sauce mixture and broil (or grill) 3-5 minutes or until charred.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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Recipe adapted from SpendWithPennies