Incredible Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

Incredible Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs are just that…incredible

Of course, living in Texas…we know all about good BBQ.

These aren’t slow-cooked with indirect heat from a smoker…BUT…trust us, 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 on a cutting board.

SLOW COOKER RIBS ARE SIMPLE TO PREPARE

The great thing about the slow cooker is you just set and forget…until they are almost ready to eat.

Watch us show you how easy it is to prepare these Incredible Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

SLOW COOKING BABY BACK RIBS IS THE WAY TO GO

We just love pork baby back ribs.

The slow cook method makes them tender and so delicious.

Ask your butcher to remove the membrane on the underside of the ribs.

Two racks of uncooked pork baby back ribs on a platter.

The rub for these Slow Cooker Ribs is so simple to prepare, but makes all the difference in the world for authentic slow cooked ribs taste.

You get a little sweet with the brown sugar, and a little heat with the chili powder and cayenne.

The perfect rub for these ribs.

Fingers holding a dry rub for slow cooker baby back ribs.

HOMEMADE BBQ SAUCE PUT THESE RIBS OVER THE TOP

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

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs on a cutting board

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?...here's the next best thing. So easy, and so fall-off-bone delicious!
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Course: BBQ
Cuisine: BBQ / Southern
Keyword: Ribs
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 4 - 6
Calories: 368kcal

Ingredients

  • Spray of non-stick cooking spray
  • 2 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp chili powder we love Ancho
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp dried ground thyme
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 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

Instructions

  • Coat the slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Combine the brown sugar, paprika, salt, thyme, black pepper and cayenne.
  • Rub the mixture all over the ribs.
  • Place ribs in slow cooker and cover.
  • Cook on LOW for 7 - 8 hours, or until ribs are tender.
  • Make the Easy BBQ Sauce.
  • Remove ribs from the slow cooker and discard the liquid.
  • Turn your broiler to low, or, turn your slow cooker to high.
  • Coat the ribs with the sauce and place under broiler (or back into to the slow cooker).
  • 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.
  • Remove and serve at once, with additional BBQ sauce!

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Nutrition

Calories: 368kcal
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14 Comments

    • Yay!!! So glad you liked them!! Now, you’ve got us craving them. And we agree, that BBQ sauce is the real deal!! Thank you SO MUCH for letting us know. We truly do appreciate that!! 🙂 Best, Kris & Wesley

  • 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!

      • OMG A M A Z I N G ! I was a super hero only without a cape. Thank you soooooo much. The BBQ sauce had just the right amount of bite..
        xoxoxoxoo

      • Hi Avery…you could, although we never tried that before. We like to place under the broiler right at the end, just to crisp the sauce up a bit. The broiler will add a light browning and crispiness, that would probably lessen once it goes into the slow cooker, but it won’t hurt the ribs. Let us know what you decide to do and how it turns out. All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • 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?
    Lisa

      • 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 http://www.recipefiction.com. Beautiful! We’ll visit often. All the best. Kris & Wesley (The Loon).

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