Crockpot barbecue ribs

Crockpot barbecue ribs are a convenient and delicious way to enjoy tender, flavorful ribs without using a grill. Here’s a simple recipe for making crockpot barbecue ribs:


  • 2 racks of baby back ribs
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce (store-bought or homemade)
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for heat)


  1. Prepare the Ribs:
  • Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs, if it’s still attached.
  • Season the ribs with salt and pepper.
  1. Cut and Arrange in the Crockpot:
  • Cut the racks of ribs into sections that will fit comfortably in your crockpot.
  • Stand the sections on their sides along the inner edge of the slow cooker, with the meaty side facing outward.
  1. Make the Barbecue Sauce:
  • In a bowl, mix together barbecue sauce, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper (if using).
  1. Pour Sauce Over Ribs:
  • Pour the barbecue sauce mixture over the ribs, making sure to coat them evenly.
  1. Slow Cook:
  • Set the crockpot to low and cook the ribs for 6-8 hours or until the meat is tender and easily pulls away from the bones.
  1. Optional Broiling:
  • If you prefer a caramelized and slightly crispy exterior, transfer the ribs to a baking sheet, brush with additional barbecue sauce from the slow cooker, and broil in the oven for a few minutes until the edges are charred.
  1. Serve:
  • Serve the crockpot barbecue ribs with extra sauce on the side. They pair well with coleslaw, cornbread, or your favorite barbecue sides.

Enjoy your delicious and easy crockpot barbecue ribs!

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