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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4.6 from 10 reviews
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

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Comments

  1. Anonymous says

    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. Magen says

    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!

  3. Cynthia says

    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.

  4. Tracy says

    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!

  5. 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

    • Debbie S. says

      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.

      • Corey says

        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. :)

      • Andrew says

        Debbie, I was hoping that your one-star review was sarcastic since you complained how gross your “fall off the bone” ribs turned out. If the meat “falls off the bone”, that means that your ribs turned out tender and perfect, as evidenced by your husband liking them. If you think that’s gross…well, I don’t know what to tell you.

        Corey, the only change I made was to cook the ribs in a slow cooker for 4 hours on HIGH. Mine still turned out delicious and the meat was so tender and juicy that it fell off the bone! I would definitely make them again!

  6. Brit May says

    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!!

    • Brit May says

      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 :)

  7. Dana says

    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.

  8. says

    I’ve made a simple version of the Crock Pot BBQ Ribs. I want to try to follow your recipe and get the right sauce mix. So… what’s the reason to brown it first? This looks so good. Definitely going to pin it and try it. Thank you!

    • Corey says

      Hi Wini!
      I explain that a little in the post :) 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!

  9. Jan says

    Made these for Mother’s Day. Yes I cooked. Didn’t want to eat at one of the nasty Mother’s Day buffet’s hubby keeps finding each year. I wanted some real food. Started these while he went jogging. Which left no alternative.

    OMG!!! They did fall off the bones. All I heard was lips smacking from hubby and my boys. They finished the ribs first before starting in on the sides. Had nerve to ask if there was more in the crock pot. Cooked 5 pounds of baby backs.

    Definitely a keeper.

    • Corey says

      I am so happy you loved them Jan! That is awesome how much your family loved them! XO and Happy Mother’s Day!

  10. Serys says

    I’ve tried other crockpot bbq rib recipes before, but they’ve always came out bland. There is something special about this one. I don’t know what it is, but the flavors are more prominent and a lot more bolder. You can actually taste the bbq flavor on the ribs. This is a really wonderful recipe, and a definite keeper. Thank you!

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