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Easy Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs are fall off the bone tender and full of warm spices and flavor. These ribs cook in a slow cooker saving you time and making this meal easy and perfect for a crowd! 

Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs are fall off the bone tender and full of warm spices and flavor. These ribs cook in a slow cooker saving you time and making this meal easy and perfect for a crowd! 

SLOW COOKER BARBECUE RIBS

There is something fun about eating a messy meal that leaves you liking your fingers clean, right? I know my kids think so..but I do too!

I love barbecue ribs and all of that flavorful sauce that coats the ribs. We eat them in restaurants a lot but rarely make them at home. That all changed once I started making these Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs.

The first time I made barbecue ribs in the slow cooker my husband looked at me like I was crazy. He was of the belief that you do ribs in a smoker or in your oven, but these ribs in the slow cooker changed that for him. The thing that works with these ribs is that they cook low and slow in the crockpot which helps create that tender, fall off the bone pork that we love so much with ribs. Whenever my husband requests ribs this is my go-to recipe and it is an easy one.

Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs are fall off the bone tender and full of warm spices and flavor. These ribs cook in a slow cooker saving you time and making this meal easy and perfect for a crowd! 

I am partnering with the Ohio Pork Council today to show you just how easy Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs are.

HOW DO YOU MAKE SLOW COOKER RIBS?

You start with mixing together your spice rub mixture. I provide a recipe for a spice rub mixture below.

Next you will trim any extra thin skin on the ribs and then rub the spice mixture on both sides of the ribs.

From here you place the ribs in a slow cooker and pour the barbecue sauce on top of the ribs and cook on low for 8-9 hours or high for 3 1/2 to 4 hours. I highly suggest going with the low setting because I think it helps get those ribs tender and more flavorful.

You will know your ribs are done when the internal temperature reaches 185-190 degrees and the meat can be easily pulled from the bone.

Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs are fall off the bone tender and full of warm spices and flavor. These ribs cook in a slow cooker saving you time and making this meal easy and perfect for a crowd! 

You can use your favorite store-bought barbecue sauce or make your own at home. I especially love the spice rub that is used on the ribs before pouring the sauce on them because I think it just adds that extra layer of flavor and spice that cooks into the tender pork.

Not only is this an easy meal for those busy nights but it offers protein and flavor. A win-win when it comes to putting your meals together. I would pair this with a potato, like these Gouda Smashed Potatoes or these Slow Cooker Gouda Mashed Potatoes {if you have two crockpots}, these Simple Garlic Parmesan Green Beans and a Massaged Kale Salad.

 

Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs are fall off the bone tender and full of warm spices and flavor. These ribs cook in a slow cooker saving you time and making this meal easy and perfect for a crowd! 

Easy Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes

Easy Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs are fall off the bone tender and full of warm spices and flavor. These ribs cook in a slow cooker saving you time and making this meal easy and perfect for a crowd! 

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 to 3 pounds pork back ribs
  • 1 - 16 or 18 ounce bottle of barbecue sauce {or homemade bbq sauce}

Spice Rub:

  • 2 Tablespoons paprika
  • 2 Tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional for more heat)

Instructions

In a medium bowl combine the spice rub spices and stir well. Set aside.

Remove the ribs from the packaging and trim off the thin skin if there is any. Use your hands and rub the ribs on both sides with the spice rub mixture.

Place the ribs in the slow cooker and pour half of the barbecue sauce over the ribs.

Cover and cook on low for 8 to 9 hours or on high for 3 1/2 to 4 hours, until the ribs are tender. The internal temperature of the meat should be 185 to 190 degrees. Remove the ribs and brush with remaining sauce. Serve warm.

Notes

The cook time for these ribs in your slow cooker may vary depending on the type of slow cooker. Mine were done at about the 5 hour mark on low. You can check them and see if they are tender at the 5 hour mark and then cook more if you think they aren't to your liking.

Thanks to the Ohio Pork Council for sponsoring this post and allowing me to share these Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs. As always, opinions are 100% my own. 

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Julia

Tuesday 6th of March 2018

Thanks!! We loved them.

Jen

Saturday 3rd of March 2018

This one of my favorite ways to make ribs. It's so easy and they come out ultra tender!!

Liren | Kitchen Confidante

Friday 2nd of March 2018

I love that the slow cooker makes ribs so fall of the bones delicious! Who needs to wait for summer?

Julia

Friday 2nd of March 2018

I agree! You can use this recipe to make them year round!

Jenny | Honey and Birch

Friday 2nd of March 2018

Slow cookers are the best way to make ribs!

Julia

Friday 2nd of March 2018

They sure make it easy!

alyssa | everydaymaven

Wednesday 28th of February 2018

My husband loves to make ribs and hasn't tried the slow cooker method yet - printing for him!

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