I have been making these slow cooker ribs for…maybe 8 years now.
EVERY time we have new guests over and they try this recipe, people say:
There is NO WAY these were made in a slow cooker.
So I show them the slow cooker, then they ask for the recipe.
And they say,
Where is the rest of the recipe? There’s no liquid.
And I tell them that’s the whole recipe. For reals. I tell them it will take no more than 5 minutes to get these ribs in the crock pot.
Six to seven hours later, you’ve got yourself a yummy meal.
First, you make your rub. It’s a nice blend of spices like paprika, chili powder, white pepper, oregano, sugar and brown sugar. (I triple the batch so I have more for next time)
You slap that rub right on the ribs after you rinse them. We normally use baby back ribs, but we’ve done spare ribs too and they’re just as good.
Stand your ribs on the long end and place in slow cooker. Cook on low for about 6 to 7 hours (my big slow cooker usually has these done in about 6). They smell AMAZING and are falling off the bone.
Brush your favorite BBQ sauce on the ribs, place ’em on a foil lined cookie sheet, and let the sauce bake onto the ribs for 5-10 minutes. Serve them up. Be everyone’s instant BFF.
Have I convinced you yet? Because mealtime doesn’t GET easier than this. Seriously. It takes longer to go through a drive thru then it does to make these slow cooker ribs.
Want the recipe?
It’s not mine. It’s one that I found on About.com years ago and I’ve been delighting friends and family with this puppy ever since.
BBQ Slow Cooker Ribs
- 4 pounds pork baby back ribs
- 1/4 cup of barbecue sauce
- 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 3/4 teaspoon white pepper
- 3/4 teaspoon ground oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon sugar
You can check out this fantastic recipe for slow cooker ribs here. I promise, you won’t be disappointed!!!
P.S. I used to do a lot of food blogging back in the day. You can see what else I’ve cooked up by checking out my food category.