Slow Cooker Ribs

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Slow Cooker Ribs are an excellent choice for anyone looking to prepare a delicious meal without spending hours in the kitchen. This recipe is simple to make and produces fantastic results that will leave you wanting more. The slow-cooking process allows the ribs to become fall-off-the-bone tender, while the homemade barbecue sauce adds a sticky, savory glaze that is simply irresistible.

To start, you will need only four ingredients for the marinade, making this recipe incredibly easy to put together. The combination of sweet and tangy flavors in the marinade creates the perfect balance that complements the smoky flavors of the ribs. Once the marinade is ready, you simply add the ribs to the slow cooker, pour the sauce over them, and let them cook low and slow for several hours in the crock pot.

As the ribs cook, the sauce will infuse the meat, resulting in a tender and juicy texture that is hard to beat. When they are ready, the ribs will be coated in a deliciously sticky glaze that is packed with flavor. Whether you’re hosting a family gathering or just looking for a simple yet satisfying meal, these Slow Cooker Ribs are sure to impress. So, fire up your slow cooker and get ready to enjoy a mouthwatering meal that will have everyone asking for seconds!

Serve these ribs with Quick Southern-Style Baked Beans from Pioneer Woman, String Bean and Potato Salad or Broccoli Salad.


Slow Cooker Ribs

Slow Cooker Ribs

Slow Cooker Ribs could not be any simpler to make, and the results will knock your socks clear off!

  • Author: Lauren Allen
  • Prep Time: :10
  • Cook Time: 7:00
  • Total Time: 7:10
  • Yield: 5 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Oven / Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: BBQ


Units Scale
  • 34 pounds pork ribs
  • 1 bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Season the ribs generously on both sides with salt and pepper. Rub garlic powder, onion powder and brown sugar onto both sides of the ribs.
  3. Line a large baking sheet with tinfoil or parchment paper. Bake the ribs on prepared pan for 15 minutes.
  4. Flip the ribs to the other side and bake for another 15 minutes.
  5. Layer ribs in your slow cooker.
  6. Smother them in barbecue sauce, reserving some sauce for serving later.
  7. Cover and cook on HIGH for 3- 3.5 hours, or LOW for 6 – 7 hours. Serve warm with extra barbecue sauce.


To store leftover Slow Cooker Ribs, you should first let them cool to room temperature. Once cooled, wrap the ribs tightly in aluminum foil or plastic wrap to prevent air from getting in. Then, place the wrapped ribs in an airtight container or a resealable plastic bag and store them in the refrigerator.

Cooked ribs can generally be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. If you need to store them for a longer period, you can freeze them. To freeze the ribs, wrap them in aluminum foil and place them in a resealable freezer bag. The ribs will maintain their quality for up to 2-3 months in the freezer.

When you’re ready to reheat the ribs, simply unwrap them and place them in a baking dish. Cover the dish with foil and heat in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 20-30 minutes, or until they’re heated through. You can also reheat the ribs in a microwave or on a grill, but the oven method is usually the best for achieving that fall-off-the-bone tenderness.

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