These Crock Pot BBQ Ribs come out so tender with the an amazing BBQ glaze. No smoker needed! Lip-smacking good and so easy!
THE BEST CROCK POT BBQ RIBS
TIPS FOR MAKING PORK RIBS IN THE SLOW COOKER:
- Cooking ribs at a low temperature for a low amount of time is key to tender ribs. So, I make it work with my crock pot! They cook until tender then I pop them under the broiler to get that nice, thick glaze on them.
- On the back of the ribs, you may see something called a membrane (it will look smooth and shiny). This membrane can be removed, it is up to you. I find cooking ribs in the slow cooker tenderizes the ribs to the point that you can easily eat this bit of the rib with no problem. But, a lot of people like it removed because they find it a bit chewy. I think it helps hold the ribs together better while slow cooking in the crock pot. You can take a small knife and make a small incision underneath it. Then get your fingers underneath it and pull it off. Check out my post on HOW TO GRILL PORK RIBS for picture instructions on how to do this.
- If you are not serving right away you can place them back into the slow cooker, with the sauce that is still in there, cover and let them hang out in there with the "keep warm" setting on. I have found this keeps the ribs tender and juicy.
- Be warned though, these are literally "fall off the bone" ribs so the meat is going to want to peel away after you cut them.
- Check out my SLOW COOKER PULLED PORK recipe for a homemade pork rub recipe if you prefer a'kick' to your ribs.
- Use your favorite bottled BBQ sauce or try MAKING YOUR OWN.
INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)
baby back ribs
kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, garlic powder
HOW TO MAKE THE BEST SLOW COOKER PORK BBQ RIBS:
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THE BEST CROCK POT BBQ RIBS
- 2-3 pound rack baby back ribs
- 1 (21 oz) bottle barbecue sauce
- kosher salt, pepper and garlic powder (equal amounts of each)
- Season both sides of ribs with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Rub it in well.
- Place ribs in your slow cooker with the meat side facing the wall of the slow cooker.
- Pour barbecue sauce all over the ribs, making sure that it coats the ribs as much as possible.
- Cover and cook on low for about 4-6 hours (until the thickest part of the ribs reaches an internal temperature of 145f degrees.)
- Take the ribs out carefully and place them on a foil-lined baking sheet.
- Baste the ribs with some of the BBQ sauce that is hanging out in the bottom of your slow cooker.
- Turn the oven broiler on to high and place ribs under broiler (while watching carefully!)
- Let the ribs caramelize under the broiler for just a few minutes. Take them out, then chop them up into 2-rib sections for easy serving.
Originally published: May 2014
Updated & republished: July 2020