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Slow Cooker Ribs Recipe

Slow Cooker Ribs

Crockpot Ribs are super tender and easy to make. With little effort, you will have the most incredible melt-in-your-mouth ribs. Cooked in a delicious homemade BBQ sauce, this dish is far better than at any restaurants.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Slow Cooker Ribs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 9 hours
Total Time 9 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 379kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


  • 2 racks baby back ribs

Dry Rub:

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Sweet and Spicy BBQ Sauce:

  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup sweet chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional


  • Spray the inside of a 6-quart crockpot with cooking spray. Set aside.

Dry Rub:

  • Add all the ingredients to a medium bowl and whisk together.

Sweet and Spicy BBQ Sauce:

  • Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine.

Prepare and Cook Ribs:

  • Remove membrane from ribs and discard. See posts for detailed instructions on how to remove it.
  • Rub the dry rub all over the ribs.
  • Arrange in the crockpot and pour half of the bbq sauce on top.
  • Cook on low for 8-9 hours or on High for 5 hours.


  • Once the ribs are tender, transfer them to a rimmed baking sheet covered with foil.
  • Brush remaining BBQ sauce on top and broil for 5-10 minutes.
  • Let rest for 10 minutes before serving.


Calories: 379kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 3374mg | Potassium: 526mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 1090IU | Vitamin C: 3.3mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 1.8mg