Fall-off-the-Bone Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs

Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs

*Updated August 2017 with new timing information*

Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs

Cooking ribs is always something that intimidated me in the past.  I’ll go ahead and blame it on my obsession to Food Network and Travel Channel, where they show nothing but intense barbecue situations where you man a grill for 500 hours and chop down cedar trees for the perfect smoky-flavored wood chips.  Okay, I exaggerate, but you see what I’m saying. They were intimidating.

One day this summer Taylor decided he wanted ribs, AND he was down to be grill master.  He slaved away at the grill for hours, marinading, transferring to the oven, taking them back to the grill to char, etc, etc. They were freaking delicious, but quite the chore.  That day our supermarket was running a special on ribs, so we bought way too much and had to freeze some.  After that, they stared me down every time I opened my freezer.  Was I ever going to make them? Could I make them? Was there an EASY way to make them?  And of course, because my crockpot is my bae, I wondered to myself if that would work…

I come to you now, a crockpot ribs EXPERT, to deliver you the easiest, two-step, fall-off-the-bone, melt-in-your-mouth ribs you will ever lay your eyes or tongue on.  In my humble opinion, the barbecue pit masters could stand to read this 😉

Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs


The EASIEST way to make ribs is in the crockpot!

Step one: put ribs in the crockpot. See, I told you this was easy.


Slow cooker barbecue ribs

Step two: grab your FAVORITE barbecue sauce.  Ours happens to be Stubb’s Sweet Heat.  Sweet and spicy and seriously the best barbecue sauce I’ve ever had.

Slow cooker barbecue ribs

Now add about a cup of it to the slow cooker, and make sure everything is covered.  Use a sauce brush (or your hands if need be). It’s worth it.
Slow cooker barbecue ribs

Let it go on low for 8 hours, or on high for 4.  8/7/17 Note: I recently took my ribs out at 6.5 hours on low, and they were easier to transfer to the sheet pan (or grill!) without falling apart.  They were still “fall-off-the-bone” on the plate, but easier to work with. If you’re able to, I recommend 6.5 hours on low/ 3 on high. If not, 8/4 is still delicious!

When I tried to remove the ribs from the crockpot they fell to pieces instantly.  Seriously, that’s why I can’t get a good, full-rack picture.  They’re TOO fall-off-the-bone.  Hallelujah.

Now, the ribs are perfectly good-to-go at this point. They will be the best ribs you’ve ever had.  BUT, if you want to take your rib game to the next level, listen up:

Grab a sheet pan

Put the ribs on it

Try and keep them in one piece unlike me

Slow cooker barbecue ribs

Slather some more sauce on because duh

Slow cooker barbecue ribs

And broil those babies on high for about 5-7 minutes until they start to turn black and crispy, (just like the grill)Slow cooker barbecue ribs

HELLO LOVERS.  A little more sauce for dipping never hurt anyone.

Slow cooker barbecue ribs

I served the ribs with some Quick and Easy Black Bean, Corn, and Pepper Salad on the side because it just works together perfectly.

Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs


Now go win yourself some barbecue pit master championships.  You’re welcome.

Fall-off-the-Bone Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs
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The easiest, two-step, two-ingredient, slow cooker barbecue ribs will fall off the bone and melt in your mouth.
Serves: 4 servings
  • 2 full racks of baby back pork ribs
  • 1 jar of your favorite barbecue sauce
  1. Place ribs in a crockpot and coat with one cup of your favorite barbecue sauce.
  2. Cook the ribs on low for 6.5 hours, or on high for 3 hours.
  3. Transfer the cooked ribs to a baking sheet, coat with more sauce, and broil on high for 5-7 minutes until the edges turn black.
  4. Serve with more barbecue sauce for dipping.

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