Crock Pot Ribs come out melt in your mouth tender and so full of flavor. They’re perfect for busy weeknights or easy weekend dinners with the slow cooker tenderizing in baby back ribs. A quick brush of bbq sauce and a flash grill (or broil) finishes these off beautifully!

Crock Pot BBQ ribs are always a hit and perfect served alongside our favorite Coleslaw Recipe, corn on the cob and Baked French Fries

Crock Pot Ribs on a baking sheet with dipping sauce

How To Prepare Crock Pot Baby Back Ribs

I’m pretty much known for my Instant Pot Ribs and my succulent Barbecue Ribs in the Oven so it’s only natural I’d share my fave crockpot rib recipe!

For all the methods, the process is similar, allow the ribs to cook low and slow so the meat becomes buttery and tender and finish up with sauce and a grill (or broil).

  • Prep the ribs by removing the silver membrane from the back (photo below). You can just slip a knife under it and pull (a piece of paper towel can help you grip it if it’s slippery). If you’re having trouble finding the membrane in this step, your ribs may already have it removed. Once in a while you’ll buy ribs that have it already removed.
  • Inspect the rack of ribs for bone pieces/shards as they can sometimes be present from the butcher cutting the ribs.
  • Cut the racks into manageable pieces that will fit into your slow cooker. I usually do halves or thirds depending on the size.

What Kind of Ribs to Buy for Crock Pot Ribs. I use pork baby back ribs (or back ribs). They’re the most tender and flavorful, side ribs also work however they have smaller white bones towards the end that I’m not a fan of (and they may need a little bit of extra time).

Removing the silver membrane from ribs

How to Cook Ribs in a Crock Pot

  1. Combine rub mix and massage into prepared ribs.
  2. Place onion, garlic and ribs in the slow cooker with a touch of water (or broth). Close the lid and let the crock pot work its magic.
  3. Once tender, brush the ribs with sauce (or just olive oil, salt and pepper if you’d prefer) and broil (or grill) for 3 to 5 minutes to get a little bit of char.
  4. Gently remove from the pan, cut ribs apart and serve!

Overhead shot of ribs and onions in a black crockpot

How Long to Cook Ribs in a Crock Pot

Crock Pot Pork Ribs (I use pork baby back ribs) are easy to make as long as you cook them low and slow. We prefer the meat on our ribs to be fall off the bone however, if you’d like a little but more ‘chew’ to your ribs, reduce the time a little bit.

  • Slow Cooker Ribs On Low will need to cook for about 8 hours
  • Slow Cooker Ribs On High will need to cook for about 4 hours

Remember not to lift the lid and peek, this can increase the cooking time substantially.

Crock Pot Ribs served on a plate with mashed potatoes and garlic bread

Perfect Rib Side Dishes

Crock Pot Ribs on a baking sheet with dipping sauce
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Crock Pot Ribs

Nothing says busy weeknight or easy weekend dinners like Crock Pot ribs.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
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Ingredients  

  • 2 racks baby back ribs about 3-4 lbs
  • 1 onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • ½ cup water

BBQ Rib Sauce

  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup chili sauce
  • ½ cup your favorite BBQ Sauce

Instructions 

  • Combine all rub ingredients (below).
  • Remove silver membrane from the back of the ribs. Rub front and back of the ribs with spice mixture.
  • Place onion, sliced garlic, water and ribs in a slow cooker.
  • Cook ribs on high 4 hours or low 8 hours or until fork tender.
  • Preheat broiler. Combine ketchup, chili sauce and barbecue sauce.
  • Brush ribs with sauce mixture and broil (or grill) 3-5 minutes or until charred.

Video

Notes

Rib Rub 1 tablespoon paprika 1 tablespoon brown sugar 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder 3/4 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 297 | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 724mg | Potassium: 439mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 280IU | Vitamin C: 6.2mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1.2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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  1. I made this for dinner yesterday and and it was delicious – 8 hours was perfect and falling off the bone yummy :)5 stars

  2. Love your recipes. I am just doing the ribs in the crockpot tonight for tomorrow thank you. Great recipes.5 stars

  3. So easy and so delicious!!!!! Thanks so much for sharing!! My whole family enjoyed- didn’t have any leftovers!5 stars

  4. I made these this summer for a group of eight, everyone loved them. To me the interesting part was adding Ketchup and chili sauce to whatever BBQ sauce you like. Thanks for the recipe.5 stars

  5. I’ve always been skeptical about ribs because I’ve never had them and they were good, but let me tell you…. THESE WERE SOOOOOOOO GOOD. I’m going to make this a weekly meal for my family. I have two younger kids and we didn’t have any left overs. I’m definitely going to have to the double the recipe so we can have some to snack on the following day. AMAZING!!!

  6. This was a great thank you. I left them on low for 8 hours but they burned a bit. Still we’re delicious. I checked them at 7 hours and looked great. When I came back an hour later they were a bit burnt but still a hit !

  7. the most delicious fall off the bone ribs!!!! what a great idea of using the crockpot first!
    Holly I love your recipes this is my favorite app5 stars

  8. I make this recipe for my family, and it was wonderful. I also wanted to say, when I look for recipes and I see spend with pennies by Holly I know the food will be good, Holly has not failed me yet.

    So, thank you for all the great recipes!!5 stars

  9. This recipe was so easy and very delicious – especially if using bottled/purchased BBQ sauce. It was such a delight to come home to after a long day of work. We forgot to put the rub on the ribs, but they were still delicious with the sauce. The ribs were fall-off-the-bone coming out of the crockpot. Broiling them with sauce made them restaurant worthy and finger-lickin’ good! This will be made go-to rib recipe in the future. Thank you so much!5 stars