Easy Crock Pot BBQ Ribs

Crock Pot BBQ Ribs

There is one word to describe today’s recipe:


O.K., so may be there are two words – EASY and DELICIOUS!

I have mentioned before that I was late to the game as far as crock pot cooking goes.  I own two of them and for years they sat on a shelf in the back of my closet, unused and lonely.  A year or so ago I decided to pull that baby out and start using it.  How I wish I had done it when I had young kids at home.

Cooking in a crock pot can simplify your meal planning and meal preparation so much.  Especially today’s recipe.

It doesn’t get much easier than this recipe.  You start with a rack of baby back ribs.  They are also called St. Louis style spareribs.

First, I rubbed them with a mixture of paprika, brown sugar, salt and pepper.

Crock Pot BBQ RIbs

Just use your fingers to rub it into the meaty side of the ribs.

Crock Pot BBQ RIbs

Place your ribs into the crock pot with the meaty side against the inside wall.

Crock Pot BBQ RIbs

Then cover the ribs with 2 -3 cups of your favorite BBQ sauce.  I use Sweet Baby Rays or whatever happens to be in my refrigerator.

Crock Pot BBQ RIbs

Then just put the lid on, turn the crock pot on low.  Set it for 4-5 hours and let it cook.  Cook until the meat is falling off the bone!  Remove them from the crock pot and let them sit for about 15 minutes (cover in foil.) Use a sharp knife to cut the ribs apart, just cut between the bones into the meaty section.
Crock Pot BBQ RibsI like to pile them up on a plate and then use some of the leftover sauce to glaze them with a bit.

Crock Pot BBQ Ribs

Like I said – EASY and DELICIOUS!  You can see how easy it is, guess you will just have to trust me on the delicious part until you try it yourself.  You should definitely try it yourself.

Crock Pot BBQ Ribs

So get out that crockpot and let it do the work for you.  Throw your ribs and sauce in the crock pot in the early afternoon and you’ll have dinner ready when you are.  If the ribs are done before you are ready to eat I just wrapped them up in foil and put them in my oven at 150 degrees to keep them warm.

Crock Pot BBQ Ribs

So get out that crock pot!

For some other easy and delicious crock pot meals try these:

Crock Pot Balsamic Beef

Crock Pot Indian Butter Chicken

Crock Pot Maple Sugar and Pork Tenderloin



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Easy Crock Pot BBQ Ribs


  • 2 Tbsp paprika
  • 2 Tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp ground black pepper
  • Ribs
  • 5-6 lb.s baby back ribs
  • 2-3 C favorite barbeque sauce


  • Combine paprika, brown sugar, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
  • Rub the mixture over the meaty side of the ribs
  • Place ribs in slow cooker standing them upright with the meaty side against the wall of the cooker.
  • Pour the barbecue sauce over the ribs
  • Cook on low for 4-5 hours until tender
  • Remove ribs and allow to sit for 15 minutes (cover with foil)
  • Cut ribs apart
  • Cover with bbq sauce left in cooker if desired

adapted from Cook’s Illustrated


  1. 1
    Val A. H. says:

    My husband just saw me looking at this post and wants this BBQ ribs TONIGHT! I’m off to the store for some baby back ribs. Thanks for sharing this recipe and all the others! :-)

  2. 2
    Val A. H. says:

    UPDATE: These were SOOOO good! I’ll be making them again and again. Like you said, so easy and delicious! Thanks again!

  3. 3

    These look delicious! We love ribs – this would be a good recipe for a busy Saturday.
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  4. 4

    Have to make these this week!
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  5. 5
    Becca says:

    Yum! Definitely have to try this! Thanks for sharing! Stop by my Friday’s Five Features tomorrow and link up this post (and others)! http://diy-vintage-chic.blogspot.com
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  6. 6
    Lisa says:

    I’m going to make these on Saturday, what would you suggest serving as side dishes? I’m always bad at that

    • 6.1
      Leigh Anne says:

      The men at my house enjoy some kind of potato with their ribs at our house. I have a lot of yummy potato recipes on the blog I nice green salad would be great and maybe some bread or rolls. A veggie like asparagus or green beans would finish it off. Be sure and check out side dishes in my recipe index

  7. 7
    Lisa says:

    Thanks so much!!!

  8. 8
    D.Madewell says:

    This is first time making this recipe, though I have made ribs via stove top.. However stove top ribs require a little bit more maintenance, though not much. I did do this a little differently I used pork ribs instead, and they are currently in the crockpot right now and smell AMAZING. I will let you know how they taste ;)

  9. 9
    Shelby says:

    I tried these last night and they were definitely easy! I used Sweet Baby Ray’s original BBQ sauce and made green beans and mashed potatoes for the sides. My one suggestion would be to cook these on low for 8 hours instead of on high for 4 hours to allow the fat to melt all the way off. The ribs were good but could have been better if the fat had melted all the way off.

  10. 10

    I’m trying this next week. I love ribs but have never made them! My crockpot sits on the shelf like yours used to, I need to utilize it more!!!
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  11. 11
    Jess says:

    Hi! Do you think the ribs will cook all the way through on low for 4-5 hours or did you mean to write “high”?


  12. 12
    Donna says:

    I want to prepare this recipe for Super Bowl Sunday. The poster, Jess asked if Leigh Anne meant to write “high” instead of “low” for the 4 to 5 hours in the crockpot. I’m curious about that, too, due to Leigh’s response to Shelby’s mention she would cook on Low for 8 hours to melt off all the fat, and Leigh responded with a thanks for the suggestion and she might try it on low next time (in not distinguishing the part about the extra hours) so, to me, it caused a bit of confusion on whether the original recipe is supposed to have the ribs cooked on low versus high. Possibly, Shelby thinks the extra hours are warranted to melt off all the fat, but if Leigh Anne’s recipe has the ribs being tender after 4 to 5 hours, then I’m wondering if 8 hours would have the meat totally falling off and not needing any cutting once they’re done. Okay, LOW or HIGH for 4 to 5 hours. Thank you.

    • 12.1
      Leigh Anne says:

      I cooked them on low for about 4.5 hours and they were perfect. It could vary depending on your crock pot. I have found that older crockpots don’t cook as hot. The type of ribs you use could effect it too.

      • 12.1.1
        Llowyn says:

        Thank you for your quick response that indeed it’s the Low setting you use. I couldn’t find decent looking baby back ribs today so instead bought some great looking country style boneless pork ribs. The clerk at the grocery store (in my mentioning I was going to cook them in the crockpot) suggested I first braise them, which I think I’ll do. One of the commenters to this thread had mentioned your recipe worked well with the kind of ribs I’m going to use, so I think I’ll be okay. What I love about your recipe is the rub. Got a bottle of paprika, already have the brown sugar (I’ll be using dark), the kosher salt (I actually use Hawaiian sea salt since that’s where I’m from), and coarse ground pepper. I always have Sweet Baby Ray’s Original on hand so that’s the sauce I’ll use. My crockpot works well when I make chalupa, pot roast, etc. so I’m sure the Low setting will do fine, and I’ll do a “2-fork” pull test around 4 hours. Thanks, again!

  13. 13
    s lynette bryant says:

    I will start off by saying that I believe that ribs belong on a grill. I’m a griller -girl at heart. I love being outside in the summer with my grill and a pitcher of sangria. My husband has even convinced me, on occasion, to throw a slab on the grill in the winter…in Chicago. But, this season, we have had the coldest winter we’ve seen in 20 years. So, needless to say, when he asked for ribs, he received, “the look.” But I did a little research and came across this recipe. I liked what I read; so I tried it tonite. Upon taking the ribs out of the crockpot, they were, as promised, fall off the bone. However, they were a litttle too wet for my taste, So, I threw them under the brolier for a couple of minutes. This dried them up a bit and added a nice crust. My husband loved them and asked me to add them into the dinner rotation. Thanks for the recipe!!

  14. 14
    Kimberley says:

    I have my ribs in the crockpot now… Perfect for game day! I can’t wait to taste them later, thank you for the recipe!

  15. 15

    I generally don’t leave feedback on mass recipe sites but after making these ribs I felt compelled to! I simply googled “crockpot ribs” and came across this recipe. It seemed simple enough, so I figured I’d give a shot. Absolutely AWESOME! I use my crockpot ALL the time, so I’m always looking for new recipes. We are camping right now, so the oven in our RV is pretty tiny and I try to use as little propane as possible, another reason to use the crockpot. I followed the directions (very simple!!! you don’t have to dilly dally around with them on the grill, flipping them and what not…or the oven, simply throw them in the crockpot and AMEN!) and since I have a new crockpot, it cooks pretty hot and fast on low. The ribs were done in about 3 hours. My husband and I absolutely loved them!!! I’d argue they might just be the 8TH WONDER OF THE WORLD!! Hand in hand with mashed potatoes, green beans, and whiskey and cokes I served with them ;) Thank you for the HEAVEN-SENT RIBS! =)
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    • 15.1
      Leigh Anne says:

      WOW!! Thank you so much for the amazing review of the ribs. I am so glad you love them! I love you calling them the 8th Wonder of the World!!!! I may just have to post that on Facebook!

  16. 16
    Matthew says:

    i’m not a real whiz in the kitchen (new dad, am still learning) so quick and easy is priority for me. like the others i’m always looking for new crockpot recipes and am going to try this one this week. the best part is my wife isn’t real keen on ribs so they’ll mostly be for me. hahahaha.

  17. 17
    Jessica says:

    Does this recipe work with pork spare ribs?
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  18. 18
    Krystal says:

    Has anybody done these on low for 8 hours? I was hoping to set this before work, I know it’s pretty much impossible to overcook anything the in crock, I was just curious how they turned out being up against the side like that.

    Thank you

  19. 19
    Lora says:

    Making these today…wondering…I have 3 racks of ribs. ( 3 boys plus big husband) I know that I can’t fit 3 in there whole. Should I just cut them in 1/2 then?

  20. 20
    Liz says:

    Nice and easy. Thank you.

  21. 21

    These look amazing and delicious! Pinned!

  22. 22

    This recipe was perfect. I used about 2 lbs of center cut pork ribs and half of the ingredients and even an idiot like me got it right. Absolutely fantastic. Left it overnight for 8 hours (just because I prepared them really late).


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