Easy Crock Pot Ribs Recipe (BEST Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs)

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Crock Pot Ribs are an easy way to make the most delicious ribs for any occasion. This slow cooker ribs recipe is so simple! You can cook these crock pot BBQ ribs stress-free, and they’ll come out super tender and flavorful. Find out how to cook fall-off-the-bone ribs in a crock pot, and serve them on game day, at BBQs, or any get together that needs a delicious dish.

bbq ribs in a plate

Why this is the Best Crock Pot Ribs Recipe

This easy ribs recipe will be your new favorite way to make BBQ ribs. There’s nothing easier (or tastier) than slow cooker ribs!

BBQ Ribs are always a favorite for any occasion. Weeknight dinners, summer time barbecues, holidays and get togethers, and especially game day! There’s never a bad time to eat ribs. This easy crock pot ribs recipe is the best way to make them because it’s so simple and hassle free. Slow cooking the meat into the juiciest most delicious flavor!

These Crock Pot BBQ ribs are a real winner. Moist, tender, fall off the bone meat cooked in BBQ sauce…Everyone will devour these! I love serving ribs on game day, and cooking ribs in a crock pot is the easiest way to do that. You can just let them cook while the game is on, and serve them with plenty of BBQ sauce! We love Oven Baked Ribs, but this recipe is just so much easier. 

No matter when you serve them, make sure you add in some Cheesy Texas Toast, BBQ Baked Beans, or your favorite BBQ sides.

This easy crock pot ribs recipe is a lifesaver. Make delicious slow cooker BBQ ribs for game day, BBQs, or any occasion!

slow cooker bbq ribs on a serving plate

close up on a rack of crock pot ribs

Easy Crock Pot BBQ Ribs

Slow cooker ribs are the easiest way to make delicious BBQ ribs! Just place them in the crock pot, add your BBQ sauce, and let them cook. That’s all there is to it!

I love these for game day. In addition to all of the appetizers, you need something more substantial too. Whether it’s burgers, tacos, or something else, it’s nice to have a sort of “main dish” to make sure everyone can fill up while watching the game, drinking beer, and eating snacks. So crock pot BBQ ribs are a front runner for game day, especially Super Bowl Sunday!

How to Prep Ribs for Cooking in the Crockpot

  • You need to remove the silver membrane from the back of the ribs. I’ve linked to an instructional video in the recipe card. Place a knife under the membrane, lift, and pull. It’s also possible to buy ribs that have already had this removed.
  • Make sure the racks will fit in your slow cooker. I like to keep them as big as possible, but you’ll still have to cut into a few pieces. See the recipe card for details on how to place them in the slow cooker. You can eyeball it to make sure you cut to the right size. 

a plate of crock pot bbq ribs

pulling apart bbq ribs

Cooking ribs in a crock pot seems too good to be true! Who knew you could make the most amazing BBQ ribs in a slow cooker? This crockpot ribs recipe is just so easy. Basically, you just need to season the ribs, set them in the crock pot, and let them cook! You can use spare ribs or baby back ribs for this slow cooker BBQ ribs recipe.

Tips for cooking ribs in a crock pot:

  1. Whisk together paprika, brown sugar, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes to make the dry rub mix.
  2. Rub the dry rub mix over the ribs, and then brush them with your preferred BBQ sauce.
  3. Place the ribs upright in the slow cooker, then pour the rest of the BBQ sauce over them. (If you’re using a sweeter BBQ sauce, add in the cider vinegar.)
  4. Place the lid on the crock pot and cook on low for 4-5 hours (meat should be fork tender).

Simple as that! To serve the crock pot BBQ ribs, just slice the meat between the bones and serve with extra BBQ sauce. So juicy, so tender, so delicious!

If you prefer to grill, we’ve got an awesome St. Louis Grilled Ribs recipe for you!

slow cooker ribs on a plate

How long to cook ribs in a crock pot?

With the slow cooker set to low, give the slow cooker ribs about 5-6 hours to fully cook. They will come out super juicy and tender, ready to eat! You can also cook on high for 3-4 hours!

Baby Back Ribs vs Spare Ribs

This recipe works with both baby back ribs and spare ribs, so the choice is up to you. 

Baby back ribs are smaller than spare ribs. They are shorter, and will generally weigh less and feed fewer people, but they are super tender and lean. Spare ribs are going to be meatier, with more fat, making them super flavorful when cooked. A rack of spareribs will usually feed 3-4 people. Because of the size difference, expect the spareribs to take a bit longer to cook than baby back ribs.

Again, you can use either type of pork ribs for this slow cooker ribs recipe. Both will turn out amazing, it’s really up to your preferences. 

Will this recipe work with boneless ribs?

Yes! You can totally use boneless ribs. Just check for tenderness before serving, they might need a bit more time in the crockpot. Sometimes boneless ribs are just easier, and that’s totally fine!

close up on bbq slow cooker ribs

These slow cooker BBQ ribs are just so easy, so tender, and so flavorful. They’re a reader favorite and a family favorite too!

See the recipe card below for details on how to make Crock Pot Ribs. Enjoy!

Here are my favorite BBQ sides to serve with ribs:

Learn How to Cook Ribs in every style with this guide!

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