Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs


Ready for another slow cooker recipe? If you'd like ribs but don't want to fire up the grill, these are a simple way to make them inside. So good, and you only need five ingredients . . . love that!


I think I've finally figured out ribs in the slow cooker (WOOHOO!)  After reading through a few suggestions on how to cook ribs in the crockpot, I made these today and they were perfect. 


And EASY. 


What more could a girl ask for? 🙂




Here's the trick:  do NOT just put the ribs in the slow cooker.


(I know, I know . . . that takes a little of the fun out of slow cooking, but I promise spending a few minutes to prepare those ribs in the morning will reward you with some fall-apart-heavenly ribs!) 


Allow just thirty minutes in the morning to pre-bake them in the oven, and then let your slow cooker to the rest of the cooking for you.  These were so good that my family declared them better than Logan's Roadhouse, and liked them as much as our favorite rib recipe for the grill.



Yup, I was a rockstar at our house this week. 


Here's the recipe if you'd like to be a rockstar today too. 🙂 



  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic Salt
  • Barbecue Sauce (we used Sweet Baby Rays)
  • 3-4 lbs. Pork Long Country Style Ribs, or Pork Sirloin Chops


  1. Season ribs with salt, pepper and garlic salt.
  2. Bake at 350 in oven for 15 minutes, then turn ribs over and bake another 15 minutes.
  3. Transfer ribs to slow cooker (you may need to cut them to fit into Mrs. Potts!) 🙂
  4. Pour bottle of barbecue sauce over top of the ribs.
  5. Cook for 6-7 hours on low.
  6. Serve along with extra barbecue sauce (optional).




Looking for more slow cooker recipes to add to your menu plan this week? Here you go . . .

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  1. I love cooking ribs in the crockpot! One trick I use to fitting them in the crockpot without cutting them is stand them up on their side (bones vertical) with the meaty side of the ribs against the edge of the crockpot and curve them around the oval shape of the crockpot. I think they cook very nicely this way too. There were a couple times where the width of the rack was taller than my crockpot, but the bones weren’t so I was able to curve a little of the meat at the wide end and still get them in. I don’t pre-bake them in the oven, but finish them with a few minutes under a broiler or on the grill while basting them in sauce. I might try it your way next time and see how we like it, but it is hard to imagine them any better than what I’ve done before!

  2. Nicole Thompson says

    I’m trying them today as I’m too sick to cook, and the family needs dinner. I’m about to take them out of the oven now. I’m grateful for these crockpot recipes.

  3. Does this work without BBQ sauce? My kids don’t like the sauce but like pork.

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