Crockpot Barbecue Ribs 😋

Meet the most fall-off-the-bone tender, no oven, I-think-I’m-gonna-need-a-bigger-bib Crockpot Ribs. Do yourself and every rib lover in your life a finger-lickin’ favor: put a batch in your slow cooker. Baby backs, spare ribs, country…this recipe works with any of your favorite cuts.

The BEST slow cooker ribs with BBQ sauce
Why You’ll Love Slow Cooker Ribs
In addition to being one of the best crock pot recipes to come out of my kitchen in a long time, these slow cooker ribs have a full rack of winning qualities.

Barbecue Paradise. Like my Instant Pot Ribs, these crockpot ribs have the deep, smoky barbecue that you love. When the cooking time has ended, you’ll open your crockpot to find the best slow cooker ribs you’ve ever had.
The Prep is Quick and Easy. You’ll need less than 10 minutes to get them sauced and in your slow cooker (perhaps only this Shredded Chicken Sandwich recipe is easier). The slow cooker does the rest of the work while you go about your day.
The BBQ Sauce is Homemade. Seriously once you go with homemade BBQ, there’s no going back (this is my favorite from-scratch Barbecue Sauce recipe).
Keep the Oven Off. Ribs in the oven at 200 degrees take 3 to 4 hours, which is a looooong time to have my oven running. The slow cooker will keep the house cool and the oven available if you need it for other endeavors (like making a side of this Beer Bread to go with your ribs).
Less Risk of Overcooking. While I adore the flavor of meat made on the grill (hello, Grilled Chicken Breast), how long to cook ribs on the grill is challenging even for pit masters. Keep it simple and let the slow cooker do the work.
Falling Off the Bone Tender. You can pull them apart with your fingers!



  • 2 cups your favorite Barbecue Sauce
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 cloves garlic, freshly minced
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper, optional
  • 4 to 5 pounds baby back ribs



In a zip lock bag pour in the Barbecue Sauce
Add in the brown sugar, garlic, Worcestershire sauce and cayenne if chosen
Zip the bag closed and using your hands to knead the bag, mix the sauce ingredients together well.
Open the bag and stick the ribs inside
Close the bag and shake the bag to coat the ribs completely
Spray the inside of the crock pot
Open the bag and place the ribs into the crock pot
Pour ¾ of the sauce from the bag into the crock pot, making sure to cover the ribs with the sauce.

Cook on high for 4 to 5 hours for fall off the bone meat, on low for 9 hours for fall off the bone.
If you prefer the meat super soft, but staying on the bone, cook on low for 7 hours to fall off the bone meat.
Have some of the sauce available for on the table, then each person can choose if they want more or not.



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