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Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs!


Hello Tatertots and Jello friends! I’m Melissa from No. 2 Pencil, and I’m so happy to be here again. Today, I’m sharing an amazingly easy slow cooker recipe, Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs. Friends, this is the easiest way to make ribs, and they come out incredibly tender and flavorful.

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I love using my slow cooker. Some of my favorite and most popular slow cooker recipes are, Slow Cooker Chicken and Mexican Style Stuffed Bell Peppers, and this recipe is definitely going into my favorites as well.

Start with a rack of baby back ribs. Season with salt and pepper, or all-purpose steak season and brown sugar. Rub seasoning into both sides of rack. Place entire rack of ribs in slow cooker, meaty side facing the outer wall of the slow cooker.



Pour BBQ sauce over ribs and cook on low 6-8 hours. Mine were tender after 7 hours.



Once ribs are done, remove from slow cooker and serve. Optional: Broil ribs on high for about 5 minutes in oven to further caramelize BBQ sauce. This recipes easily doubles! Just curve additional rack of ribs on the opposite wall of the slow cooker.



Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs


Baby back pork ribs – about 2.75 pounds

1 tablespoon of brown sugar

All-purpose steak seasoning or salt and pepper to taste

1 1/2 cups of BBQ sauce of choice


Season ribs and place in slow cooker with meaty part facing wall of slow cooker.

Pour BBQ sauce over ribs and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Serve warm with additional BBQ sauce.

Optional step: Broil ribs, in oven, on high for about 5 minutes after removing from slow cooker.

Recipe notes: Some bottled BBQ sauces can be very high in sodium, so take that into account when seasoning the ribs and adjust salt accordingly. This recipe is easily doubled to two racks.



Thanks so much for letting me share! Tatertots and Jello readers are the best!



Thanks Melissa!!

Wow – those look Ah-mazing!!!

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  1. Hello Jen,

    Love this BBQ Rib Recipe and I can’t wait to try it. I have a question. On the slow cooker what would the temp be : slow, med or high.


  2. Those ribs look amazing! And I’m so glad to see a slow cooker recipe that isn’t just a variation on shredded chicken.

  3. I love ribs.

  4. made this today and OMG yummy!! Perfect, tender falls right off the bone yum

  5. Mine was done in 5 hours “fall off the bone good”

  6. Hi Melissa I am making these right now and I’ve never made ribs…how do you know when they are done?

  7. Hi Melissa!
    Thank you for posting this incredible recipe! I’m surprising my family this weekend with these easy slow-cooker ribs. I know my husband and kids will love them! I just might do
    the milkshake too, I think they balance each other, don’t you? Summer is here in sunny California..we’re sitting in the pool already. YAY!

    Kelli Girsch – buybabydeals.com

  8. Ooh…so hungry!!

  9. Every once in awhile my husband gets a craving for the baked ribs his mother used to make when he was a kid. I bet this would be similar, but less work since they’re in a slow cooker. Thanks for sharing!

  10. I’ve never made ribs before because I was intimidated but this looks totally do-able!! Thanks, will be checking out your blog #2 :)

  11. Ok a great recipe from 2 of my fav girls from 2 of my fav blogs & ribs to boot?? Yum!!!

  12. I will take a FULL rack of ribs and an Oreo Milkshake to go PLEASE!!! Oh this looks so Finger Licking Good!! You’ve got it going on in the Kitchen, girlfriend 😉

  13. Thank you for letting me share, Jen! This is my favorite new recipe (and my husband’s) and I think your readers will love it too!

  14. Your bbq ribs look wonderful but can you use regular ribs or pork steak steak instead of baby back ribs. Thank you.

    • Thanks for your comment! I haven’t tried beef ribs, but I’m sure as long as they fit in the slow cooker, they would work. Of course, cooking times would vary!


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