This crockpot ribs recipe is like no other! Tender ribs are slow-cooked on low to perfection in your slow cooker. This recipe yields the most fall-of-the-bone tender and delicious ribs. The crockpot is an incredible kitchen tool that can be used to make tender beef tips and even incredible pulled chicken that tastes incredible on a sandwich.

Though we love grilling recipes, this crockpot recipe allows you to have mouthwatering baby back pork ribs without the need of a grill! Pair these ribs with a side of oven-baked steak fries for the perfect meal.

A baking sheet with the barbecue ribs layer out next to a dipping sauce container.

Making ribs can often be intimidating, but this recipe makes it so simple with the use of a handy crockpot. The slow cooker ribs are seasoned and cooked low and slow until tender. We love barbecue sauce in our pulled pork sandwiches and it works perfectly with these ribs as well!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Feed a crowd. This crock pot ribs recipe is the perfect meat to make for a large crowd.
  • Easy recipe. The crockpot does most of the work for you so this recipe is so simple!
  • Delicious ribs. This recipe makes the most mouth-watering ribs; you’ll never need another bbq ribs recipe.
A cutting board with all the ingredients laid out.

Ingredients for the Best Crokpot Ribs

  • Dry rub – a combination of brown sugar, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, black pepper, and paprika. You can also use smoked paprika to get a more smoky flavor.
  • Ribs – a whole rack of pork ribs. 
  • Barbecue sauce – any brand will do, we like sweet baby ray’s to get that pork baby back ribs flavor.

See the recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and quantities.

How to Make Barbecue Ribs in the Crockpot

The pork ribs divided into individual ribs.
  1. Use a knife to peel off the back membrane of the rack of ribs. Cut the meat in between the bones to create individual ribs.
The pork ribs with the seasoning rubbed into them.

2 – Generously rub-down the ribs with seasoning. 

The pork ribs in a crockpot ready to be cooked.

3 – Add the ribs to the crockpot and cook. 

The cooked ribs in the crockpot.

4 – See our guide below for instructions on how long to cook the ribs for.

The ribs coated in barbecue sauce and ready to finish cooking.

5 – Brush the ribs with the barbecue sauce and cook at 365°F for 8-10 minutes. This is optional, you can serve once you brush with barbecue or return to the crockpot to keep warm.

The finished ribs coated in barbecue sauce.

6 – Garnish the ribs with fresh herbs and serve alongside more of that delicious barbecue sauce!

How Long to Cook Ribs in the Crockpot

The crockpot has two settings: high and low. The cooking times will vary: 

  • High: Cook for 4-5 hours.
  • Low: Allow the ribs to cook for 7-9 hours. 

Expert Tips:

  • Prep the ribs by gently peeling off the membrane.
  • Be patient: Although waiting so many hours for these ribs may seem grueling, I promise it is so worth it. Slow cooking allows the meat to cook in those juices, producing the most delicious pork, just like our crockpot pulled pork recipe.
  • For a crispy finish, coat the ribs with barbecue, transfer the ribs onto a baking dish lined with parchment paper, and cook the last 10 minutes in the oven at 425°F.

Serving Suggestions

The pork barbecue ribs garnished with fresh cilantro.

Recipe FAQs

Does the slow cooker need to be filled with liquid?

With this rib recipe, you don’t need to add any liquid. The ribs have enough moisture on their own. 

Can I cook the ribs longer than advised?

The slow cooker is excellent at producing tender meat thanks to its long cooking time, but leaving the ribs to cook longer than advised will result in dry and tough ribs. Be sure to follow our guide for how long to cook ribs. 

Can these ribs be made in the instant pot? 

Yes, the ribs can be cooked in an instant pot. Cook on high pressure for 30 minutes and allow the pressure to release naturally. Lather the ribs in barbecue sauce and bake in the oven for 10 minutes. 

Can these ribs be made without barbecue sauce? 

You can make crispy ribs without barbecue sauce. Our pro tip is baking them in the oven after slow cooking to get a nice crispy crust.

Can the ribs be overcooked or cooked too long? 

Although it is possible to overcook ribs, it is unlikely if you follow this recipe.

Should you cook the ribs on high or on low?

Cooking the ribs on low for 7-9 hours will yield a juicier, more tender rib. However, cooking them on high for up to 5 hours will still yield a delicious result.

Store & Reheat

  • Storage. Store leftover ribs in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Store the ribs in the sauce.
  • Reheat. Warm the ribs in the sauce on a stovetop skillet until thoroughly reheated. 
  • Freeze. Ribs can be frozen to last up to 3 months. Place cooked ribs in a freezer-safe bag and store. Reheat: Thaw the ribs in the fridge overnight. Reheat the ribs in the oven until warmed through.

More Crockpot Recipes

If you enjoyed this crockpot rib recipe, be sure to try our other popular slow cooker recipes; here are some of our favorites:

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Crockpot Ribs Recipe

Author: Valentina
A baking sheet with the barbecue ribs layer out next to a dipping sauce container.
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5 from 1 vote
There’s nothing quite like homemade ribs. This recipe makes the perfect, mess-free crockpot ribs. Each bite of these barbecue ribs is full of tender meat that falls right off the bone.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 7 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 1 ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 3-4 pounds baby back pork ribs
  • 2 cups barbecue sauce

Instructions

  • In a bowl, combine the sugar, onion powder, garlic, salt, pepper, and paprika for the dry rub.
  • Cut the meat between the bones.
  • Season the meat on all sides of the ribs.
  • Cook on low for 7-9 hours or 4-5 hours on high.
  • Brush the ribs with the barbecue sauce and cook at 365°F for 8-10 minutes. This is optional, you can serve once you brush with barbecue or return to the crockpot to keep warm.

Notes

  • Storage. Store leftover ribs in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Store the ribs in the sauce.
  • Reheat. Warm the ribs in the sauce on a stovetop skillet until fully reheated. 
  • For a crispy finish, coat the ribs with barbecue sauce, transfer them to a baking dish lined with parchment paper, and cook for the last 10 minutes in the oven at 425°F.
  • Whole ribs. If you don’t want to cut the ribs into pieces, just add another hour to cook time.

Nutrition

755kcal Calories66g Carbs42g Protein36g Fat12g Saturated Fat6g Polyunsaturated Fat15g Monounsaturated Fat0.3g Trans Fat148mg Cholesterol2825mg Sodium902mg Potassium2g Fiber53g Sugar861IU Vitamin A1mg Vitamin C126mg Calcium3mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Crockpot Ribs Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 755 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Trans Fat 0.3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 15g
Cholesterol 148mg49%
Sodium 2825mg123%
Potassium 902mg26%
Carbohydrates 66g22%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 53g59%
Protein 42g84%
Vitamin A 861IU17%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 126mg13%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)