Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs

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Crockpot BBQ Ribs

This recipe goes out to my rib-loving father :) The one other time I made ribs, it was such a mess, and they really didn’t turn out all that great. 


Since I have been on my crockpot kick lately, I thought, what better thing to cook in the slow cooker than ribs!

 

No muss, no fuss, and by the end of the day you have finger-licking barbecue ribs to feast on. 


There were a ton of recipes out there for ribs in the crockpot, but there was either too much heat, too much ketchup and not enough sweet. So I got to work at a good combo. 


The big key to this recipe is the quick roasting in the oven. This removes the fat and liquid that would otherwise cause soupy results in the crockpot.

I know it seems like an extra step, but it takes no time, and is worth it!


Hope you enjoy! XO Corey

Here is what you need: Serves 4

2 pounds pork baby back ribs
salt and pepper to taste
1(18oz) bottle of bbq sauce (I used Sweet Baby Rays)
1-4 tsp hot sauce (depending on how spicy you like it. Since the girls were eating this, I only did 1 tsp)
1/2 cup ketchup
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

 

 

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Season ribs with salt and pepper. Place in a shallow baking pan. Brown in oven 15 minutes. Turn over, and brown another 15 minutes;
drain fat.

 

 

 

 

2. In a bowl, mix together the bbq sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, hot sauce, oregano, and Worcestershire sauce. Set aside.

 

 
3. Place ribs in slow cooker.

4. Pour sauce over ribs.

5. Turn to coat.

 

 

 

6. Set crockpot on LOW for 6-7 hours. I would recommend 7 hours.

Stir once during cooking time so ribs don’t stick to sides and burn.

Ooooooooh. This IS finger-licking good :) XO Corey

 

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Corey, Darryl, Big D & Little D



 
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Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds pork baby back ribs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1(18oz) bottle of bbq sauce (I used Sweet Baby Rays)
  • 1-4 tsp hot sauce (depending on how spicy you like it. Since the girls were eating this, I only did 1 tsp)
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ⅓ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Season ribs with salt and pepper. Place in a shallow baking pan. Brown in oven 15 minutes. Turn over, and brown another 15 minutes; drain fat.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the bbq sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, hot sauce, oregano, and Worcestershire sauce. Set aside.
  3. Place ribs in slow cooker.
  4. Pour sauce over ribs.
  5. Turn to coat.
  6. Set crockpot on LOW for 6-7 hours. Stir once during cooking time so ribs don't stick to sides and burn.
Here’s an awesome crockpot you can cook this in :)
 
Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs

Comments

  1. You are always so thoughtful Chef Corey…can’t wait to try these…Love, Love, Love, the idea of no-fuss no-mess ribs!!!

    Dianna M.

  2. Oh my dear! These look DELECTABLE :) Thank you for sharing!

  3. This looks very very gd! It’s 9 pm here n I’m feeling hungry looking at ur photos. :)

  4. Thank you so much for linking up to the Recipe Party @ The Sweet Spot. I hope to see more great recipes from your blog next week!

  5. I JUST ate supper, and this has made me totally hungry again!

  6. Oh my hubby would LOVE these! I am pinning this one for future use! Thanks! :)

  7. Just made these tonight- they were a HUGE hit with the hubs! I returned to work from maternity leave last week and am making 14 of your crockpot meals in a row for dinner. Somehow my husband brought home a 7.5lb chicken (instead of a 4lb) and we used your recipe/method to roast…and have been eating it for three days (chicken on salad, pita chicken pizzas, with veggies). This was the second recipe in the rotation and we were ready for a break from chicken and this was perfect!

  8. Anytime I think the meat may stick to the dish I place a slice of onion between the two and voila, no sticking. Can’t wait to try these tonight.

  9. I made this with beef ribs and it worked great! First time I ever made ribs! Thanks!

  10. I can’t cook…I did these ribs for my family…they were a hit! Thank you!! Really delicious!! ;-)

  11. I’m wondering if anyone has tried or knows if you could make these ribs (through the oven step and mixing the sauce) and put in the freezer to pull out, thaw and put right into the crockpot? I’m trying to get some freezer crockpot meals together and these look so tasty! Thanks!

  12. Natalie Scott says:

    Hello, I am planning on making this tomorrow but my crock pot isn’t big enough to fit a rack of ribs so I got boneless. (plus I’m pregnant and the thought of taking meat off the bone is just NOT working for me haha) I’m wondering if anyone has tried this with boneless ribs? Is there any adjustment needed for the timing or anything when you cook it that way? Also I see some people recommending putting an onion at the bottom to prevent sticking, has anyone had an issue with that or does the sauce on the bottom take care of it? Thanks inadvance

    • I made these last night and cooked them for the recommended 7 hours. I was able to pull the bones right out. I followed the directions exactly. My husband liked them, but I thought it was gross. I don’t like my ribs to fall off the bone. I won’t make this again. If I want ribs, I will do the work and smoke/BBQ them. If I wanted a pulled pork consistency, I would have bought a loin or shoulder, cooked it in root beer and added BBQ sauce to taste. These ribs ended up way too saucy/sweet for me to enjoy.

      • Sorry to hear that you didn’t like them, but I’m glad your hubby did! I must say, you are the first person I have heard say that they didn’t like their ribs to be so tender that they fall off the bone. I thought that’s what most people do like. :)

  13. I made these a over a week ago and they were SO good. My daughter was eating them which absolutely means something!! Definitely gonna try more of your crock pot recipes, but until then were planning on doing these again :) thanks so much!!

    • And actually, i always end up using more than two pounds of ribs.. and the amount of sauce you say works seems to cover all of them. I just put a bit over 6 pounds i believe in and they covered quite well with the sauce amounts you recommend :)

    • Wondeful Brit! I’m so happy you loved them :)

  14. When is the best time to stir them? I usually use the crockpot cooking bags to make clean up easier, would using the bag for this recipe work ok? Can you use as many ribs as you want & fill up the crock pit by cutting them in half? Or if you have to many will it not cook thoroughly? I really want to try this.

  15. What type vinegar? Apple cider? White?

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