We love ribs around here and making ribs in a slow cooker makes this recipe SO easy! You literally set it and forget it. Your house will smell wonderful and the meat is fall off the bone tender. The sauce is sweet and spicy and oh so delicious. I’m certain your family will love this slow cooker ribs recipe as much as we do!
You’ll need a slow cooker to make this crock pot ribs recipe!
If you are in the market for a new crockpot, I love this casserole crock pot. It is perfect for casserole style slow cooker recipes like this one.
I bought mine on Amazon, and I love it. It is perfect for the Holidays and really year round.
Plus, it is just so pretty. We can still enjoy all our favorite casserole recipes without ever turning the oven on.
If you prefer a traditional style crock pot, I recommend one of the Ninja Cookers. I love these because you can brown the meat in the same pot for recipes that call for that.
It really cuts down on clean up and that is a plus for us busy moms. It is so nice just having the one pot to clean and not worrying about an extra pan to wash.
Another favorite is this programmable crock pot for when I am am not at home all day. I love coming home to a nice meal ready and waiting!
Ok so now that you’re prepared with a crock pot, let’s continue on how to easily make ribs in a crock pot!
This Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs Recipe will make dinnertime a breeze!
This is a great recipe to serve when you are expecting guests for dinner. You can spend more time visiting and less time in the kitchen.
What ingredients are needed for this slow cooker bbq ribs recipe:
I promise it’s not too complicated to make this delicious ribs recipe. It’s easy to throw everything in the slow cooker and let it do all the work so you don’t have to watch them all day in the oven. Once you make ribs in the crock pot, you’ll never go back!
I have seen a lot of recipes that use a store bought barbecue sauce. I have tried both and I think making your own sauce is a game changer for this recipe, so I recommend making your own bbq sauce for this slow cooking ribs recipe.
Here are the ingredients needed to make this recipe.
- White Vinegar
- Minced Onion
- Brown Sugar
- Worcestershire Sauce
- Minced Garlic
- Pork Ribs
What Kind of Ribs to Buy for slow cooker Ribs:
I use pork ribs for this recipe or baby back pork ribs. I find that the meat tenderly falls off the bones when they are cooked in the crock pot. Whichever you choose, ensure that you remove the membrane from the back of the ribs. This member keeps them from getting tender. I usually pull it off with my fingers or scrape it off with a knife if needed.
How to Cook Ribs in a Crock Pot:
In a small bowl, add the ketchup, molasses, vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and garlic. Mix well.
Use scissors or a sharp knife to cut ribs in half or in thirds to fit into your slow cooker.
Place one slab of ribs into the crock and generously coat with sauce. Place the remaining ribs in the slow cooker, coating with sauce after each addition. Pour water around the edges of the crock.
Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
If you want to caramelize the sauce once the ribs are done, you can broil the ribs for 5-10 minutes on a baking sheet or grill the ribs for approximately 5 minutes on each side. Then salt and pepper the ribs to your liking and enjoy!
Easy variations you can make for this recipe:
If you can’t find molasses at your grocery store, you can use honey or maple syrup instead. Also, you can use garlic salt or garlic powder instead of minced garlic.
If you like your ribs with a little kick, I recommend add 2 teaspoons of chili powder to the sauce recipe.
What to serve with crock pot bbq ribs:
Here are my favorite side dishes that I love serving with this easy slow cooker rib recipe!
- Quick and Easy Baked Beans – We never have ribs without beans!
- Easy Macaroni Salad Recipe – I love a classic pasta salad anytime of the year.
- Instant Pot Twice Baked Potatoes Casserole – This is easy to make and goes great with this ribs recipe.
- Pan Fried Potatoes Recipe – These potatoes go great with everything!
- See Best Sides for Ribs for more easy ideas.
Print this best bbq slow cooker ribs recipe below:
Slow Cooker BBQ ribs recipe
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 1/4 cup minced onion
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 2.5-3 lbs pork ribs
- 1/4 cup water
- In a small mixing bowl, add ketchup, molasses, vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and garlic. Mix well.
- Use scissors or a sharp knife to cut ribs in half or in thirds to fit into your slow cooker.
- Place one slab of ribs into the crock and generously coat with sauce. Place the remaining ribs in the slow cooker, coating with sauce after each addition. Pour water around the edges of the crock.
- Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
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