Incredible Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

This Incredible Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs recipe is the bomb.  Of course, being raised in Texas…I know all about good BBQ.  These aren’t slow-cooked with indirect heat from a smoker…BUT…trust me (and the Loon), these gems are still fall-off-the bone good, with so much flavor, you’ll throw your hat in the air, and yell:  YEE HAW!!!

slow cooker baby back ribs recipe

And making your own Homemade BBQ Sauce could not be easier, and the taste is authentic and just perfect for these ribs. Once you try this sauce, you’ll never buy the bottled stuff again. It’s that good, and so simple to make!

slow cooker baby back ribs recipe

So incredibly easy to make, and SO GOOD!!!!!!!

Incredible Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

This incredible slow cooker baby back ribs recipe couldn't be easier, or more amazing on flavor. Don't have a smoker to cook your ribs?'s the next best thing. So easy, and so fall-off-bone delicious!
Course: BBQ
Cuisine: BBQ / Southern
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 4 - 6
Calories: 415 kcal
Author: Kris Longwell


  • Spray of non-stick cooking spray
  • 2 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp dried ground thyme
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 3 to 3 1/2 lb trimmed pork baby back ribs
  • Easy BBQ Sauce


  1. Coat the slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Combine the brown sugar, paprika, salt, thyme, black pepper and cayenne.
  3. Rub the mixture all over the ribs.
  4. Place ribs in slow cooker and cover.
  5. Cook on LOW for 7 - 8 hours, or until ribs are tender.
  6. Make the Easy BBQ Sauce.
  7. Remove ribs from the slow cooker and discard the liquid.
  8. Turn your broiler to low, or, turn your slow cooker to high.
  9. Coat the ribs with the sauce and place under broiler (or back into to the slow cooker).
  10. Cook under broiler for about 2 minutes, remove, re-coat with another layer of sauce, and cook for another couple minutes. OR, let ribs cook on HIGH in slow cooker for 30 minutes.
  11. Remove and serve at once, with additional BBQ sauce!



  • Ok guys I’ve never made baby back ribs ever and so I’m trusting you. I mixed up the rub spices and it smells amazing. I am making them Tuesday. Wish me well!

  • Hi Kris! I’m making these tomorrow while I’m at work and I seem to have a real gift for burning and/or drying out meat in the crock pot. 🙁 Will these be okay all day while I’m at work?

      • They were absolutely fabulous!! I didn’t realize until this morning when I went to put them in the crock that I’d purchased beef ribs instead of pork but by that time I was committed, and I have to say, even with the substitution, they were ridiculously good! Thanks so much for the great recipe!!

        • Great! We love beef ribs, too. Anything slow cooked with a rub and homemade BBQ sauce is gonna be good! So glad you liked it! I’m going to put some more slow cooker recipes on the site…people really like them (and so do we!). 🙂

  • those are some darn fine looking ribs! I’ve cooked so many other things in the slow cooker I don’t know why ribs didn’t occur to me. This might just hold me over until I take the cover off the smoker in a few weeks. great looking site too, glad I found you via tastespotting!

    • Hi Melinda! They are crazy good, and unbelievably easy. I hesitated at first putting them on the site, cuz growing up in Texas…I know how ‘real’ ribs are prepared…but these were just so good, I decided to publish it. Glad you like the site and we absolutely LOVE Beautiful! We’ll visit often. All the best. Kris & Wesley (The Loon).

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