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Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs

Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs

I love few things more than getting together with friends on the patio for food and bevvies. Tons of great food, great drinks, great times, and the joy of being surrounded by friends and family is my favorite combination during the warm months of the year.

What I do NOT love, though, is how much preparation and cooking that a patio party can take. These parties are all about friends and family, but if you’re doing a lot of cooking, especially something as time-intensive as making ribs, all that friends and family time can easily end up becoming kitchen time.

Well, I discovered a truly remarkable thing that allows me to get all the classic rib flavor that everyone loves without all the time. Slow cooker bbq ribs that are then finished under the broiler. It’s a delicious way to have ribs when I don’t have 6 hours to make my smoked baby back ribs (though taking the time is SO WORTH IT).

I must admit that I was a bit skeptical that something this easy could taste good. After all, ribs are classically a cut of meat that take time to really come into their own. They’re not a cut that you can rush.

I love my tried and true slow-roasted ribs recipe that you make in the oven but it takes a LOT more work and effort. Basically, the slow cooker is replacing the low and slow of the oven with the Crock-Pot.

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I can not say I will give up that recipe forever, but I can tell you we will be having ribs much more often with this new recipe. It is the best of both worlds: the ease of the slow cooker and the caramelized gooeyness of barbecued ribs. PERFECT!

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Evan will tell you that ribs MUST be served with my creamy baked mac and cheese. He’s not wrong. To round out your patio party menu, I recommend the best Southern Peach Cobbler for dessert and red onion and cucumber salad with vinegar dressing to go with your slow cooker bbq ribs. It’s the perfect foil for the richness of the ribs.

Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs

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Yield: 4

Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

The easiest slow cooker bbq ribs recipe you have ever tried. Fire up your crockpot and have fall of the bone ribs in no time.


  • 1 large rack of baby back ribs
  • 2 cups your favorite barbecue sauce


  1. Cut the rack of baby back ribs in to 1 or 2 rib portions.
  2. Stack in to the slow cooker.
  3. Pour barbecue sauce over the ribs (they all do not have to be covered).
  4. Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 6 - 8 hours.
  5. Remove ribs and place on a foil lined cookie sheet bone side down.
  6. Brush with additional barbecue sauce.
  7. Broil for 3 - 5 minutes or until sauce is caramelized and bubbly.
  8. Enjoy.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 888Saturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 251mgSodium: 1682mgCarbohydrates: 58gFiber: 1gSugar: 47gProtein: 66g

I realize this is a total cheater recipe but it really is good. Dewey loved the ribs and raved about how tender and delicious they were.

These slow cooker bbq ribs are the perfect choice when you want that delicious, tender, fall off the bone barbecue rib flavor but you don’t have or don’t want to take the time to do it the old fashioned way.

Although I called it a “cheat recipe” earlier, I think it’s fairer to say that this is an example of working smarter not harder. With the recipe, you get everything you want in bbq ribs and the one thing you don’t – tons of time spent on the actual cooking.

Give these slow cooker bbq ribs a try, and you’ll see that they tick all the boxes for a great bbq recipe, and it does it in a fraction of the time.

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Wednesday 8th of July 2020

[…] You really can make BBQ ribs in the slow cooker! […]


Thursday 9th of August 2018

I've never made them in the crockpot! My kids love ribs and so do we, so I need to try this easy recipe!

Merry Kuchle

Thursday 9th of August 2018

It is game changing!

Merry Kuchle

Sunday 26th of April 2015

Glad you enjoyed them Pat!


Sunday 26th of April 2015

this is the best and easiest way to cook baby back ribs. The meat just fell off the bone.


Sunday 18th of January 2015

I've always been afraid of making ribs, but these were super-easy and tasted great. Thanks Merry!

Merry Kuchle

Sunday 18th of January 2015

Yay! Thank you for letting me know that they turned out well. I make these for company all the time. So easy and delicious!

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