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
4.98 from 196 votes↑ Click stars to rate now!
Or to leave a comment, click here!

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


  • 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


  • 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.



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
4.98 from 196 votes

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

Like our recipes?
Follow us on Pinterest!

Follow us on Pinterest

REPIN This Easy Recipe

Crock Pot Ribs with dipping sauce with a title

Crock Pot Ribs with a title


, , ,

Recipes you'll love

About the author

Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!
See more posts by Holly

Follow Holly on social media:

pinterest facebook twitter instagram

Free eBook!

Subscribe to receive weekly recipes and get a FREE Bonus e-book: Quick & Easy Weeknight Meals!

You can unsubscribe anytime by clicking the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of emails you receive.

latest & greatest

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating


  1. Oh my goodness!! These are soooo good! This recipe is so easy, and delicious! Will be making these again. Can’t wait for summer, when I can put them on the grill instead of the broiler in the last step.

  2. Made these with a preseasoned rack My friend uses a can of coke or root beer with water I used water and a bit of baby Ray’s once done hit the broiler for crisp ing.Perfect.And all gone.5 stars

  3. I am making this for my family and I was only able to get 2 pounds of bone in (already cut) and 1.5 pounds of boneless. Can I cook these in the same crock pot?

    1. I haven’t tried this with boneless ribs (depending on what kind of ribs) but I worry that they will cook at different rates. If you try it I would love to hear how it turns out Sierra!

  4. Hi! Your recipe sounds delish! I won’t have access to a grill where I am cooking the ribs will that make a difference? Thanks

    1. Hi Deana! They will still be tender and delicious but will not have the crisp from the grill. You could broil them in the oven for a few minutes or try crisping them in a frying pan. Enjoy!

  5. Hi!
    The recipe looks awesome. Just wondering, do I have to broil or grill at the end? I was hoping to just use the crockpot.


    1. Hi Mary! They will still be tender and delicious but will not have the crisp from the broil or the grill. You could also try crisping them in a frying pan if you’d like. But if not they will still be delicious straight out of the crock pot!

  6. The ribs were out of this world with tenderness and taste I added a splash of red wine , it’s a new favorite

  7. This was my first time ever cooking ribs, and thanks to this wonderful recipe they turned out perfect! They were so flavorful and fall off the bone tinder. The ribs were a huge hit with my family. I’ll definitely be making them again in the near future. I highly recommend this easy yet delicious recipe.5 stars

  8. I thought the recipe was really good. Directions were easy to follow. Trying to learn to cook more variety of food. Thank you5 stars

  9. Trying this for the first time. Do I just put the onion in the pot whole? Do I peel it? Sorry-not a crock pot person, just learning.

    Thank you.

    1. Hi Joann, we slice the onions into thicker slices and then place them in the crockpot. For an idea on a size check out the photos within the post. Hope that helps!

  10. Hi Holly,

    I love Ribs and I love your recipes I make them often.. I only can eat beef ribs, can I substitute the Pork Ribs with the Beef Ribs??

    Many thanks :)

    1. Hi Kenya, thank you so much! So glad you are enjoying them ♥️. This recipe should still work well for beef ribs. Enjoy!

  11. I’ve made these twice and they were delicious both times. The meat is “falling off the bone” tender.5 stars

  12. My boyfriend loves ribs and I was nervous for these as they’re crockpot and not grilled but I wanted something different for dinner. He LOVED them. I made them last week and now making them again tonight because he couldn’t wait to have them again. Super simple and delicious.5 stars

  13. These were great, I actually did 7+ pounds in one batch, i let them cook a bit longer in the pot. Solo guy here, making lunches for the week.
    I have questions though:
    Am I supposed to flip and broil both sides? The bottom sides seemed slimy, so I flipped them and charred that side too.
    Also, could i just dry rub them and no sauce before broiling?
    Definitely doing again!5 stars

    1. Great idea for lunches Adam! I don’t usually broil both sides, but doing so will help the sauce to carmelize and would be amazing. And yes, we often dry rub instead of sauce them. Or do a combo.

  14. These were a family hit!! They were delicious. I followed the recipe and everything came out great and also very easy! I did add brown sugar to the sauce … just for a little sweetness .

  15. Again, always a hit! This is my 100% recipe for crock pot ribs! Hubby loves and a few sides and wonderful. I make them that often! Thank You Hollie. Xo