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.


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


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.


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?'s the next best thing. So easy, and so fall-off-bone delicious!
5 from 5 votes
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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


  • 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


  • 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!



Calories: 368kcal
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  • Putting the ribs in the slow cooker at first with no liquid in the cooker? Will that burn the bottom of the ribs after the 7-8 hours?

    • Hi Danielle! So sorry for the delayed response! No need to add additional liquid. As the ribs slow-cook in the slow cooker, they will release liquid and you shouldn’t experience any burning. However, you might sneak a peak every now and then, and if it looks like liquid is need, just add a couple tbsp of water. Let us know how it turns out!! Best, Kris & Wesley

    • Hi Diana, if I’m understanding you question, you can definitely make these in the slow cooker a day in advance, and then re-heat the following day in the oven, and then finish off under the broiler. And we’ve never frozen the ribs after slow cooking them, but they should freeze just fine. I’d recommend letting them come back to room temperature before adding into the oven to re-heat. Hope this helps and let us know of any other questions and let us know how they turn out!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

      • Hi Kris – You totally understood what I was asking. I’m constantly looking for amazing things to prepare ahead of time (my granddaughter, Ella, loves ribs), making it easier for me when one ormolu of our four sons and family, and my sister and family, come for a summer trip, or a special Thanksgiving/Christmas. I can’t possibly spend the whole time in the kitchen (missing times with grandkids). I want to try freezing ribs after slow cooking – a little hard to cook for 2 people, then plan for a crowd. Thanks.

      • Fantastic, and makes complete sense, Diana! Do let us know when you make these ribs and what you and your beautiful family think of them. Hope you all enjoy them very much! Best, Kris & Wesley

  • The BESSSST. My husband loves them too. These are so simple to prepare in the morning and go on about my day. Definitely give them a try

    • Woo hoo, Deanna!! So awesome to hear! So glad you love and your hubby loves these as much as we do! And thanks sooooo much for letting us know and the great review!!! We truly appreciate that!! Stay in touch!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

    • 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..

      • 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?

      • 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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