Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs

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When we did our meal planning this week, we decided to try a recipe we saw online. Sometimes you get a find a winner, other times, not so much. This recipe was one of the Buzzfeed Tasty videos that’s been going viral. Since baby back ribs are on sale this week, we thought why not try it out? IT WAS DELICIOUS. We are already planning on making another stop at the store to buy more baby back ribs!

An easy recipe for slow cooking tasty bbq ribs.

Ribs make me nervous. We do not cook them EVER, because I am just not sure what to do with them. Each time I get ambitious, I google “Cook Ribs” and become overwhelmed. The Tasty recipe looked easy enough and we thought we’d give it a try.

The recipe doesn’t call it out specifically, but for us rib newbies, we needed to educate ourselves on removing the membrane. Super easy to do. Just an FYI for those who don’t make ribs regularly.

I did not have any chili powder on hand and that turned out for the best. I am not a spicy fan and these were delicious but almost too much for me. I used the base BBQ sauce to dip my ribs into at dinner tone them down a bit. My husband couldn’t stop raving about the flavorful taste they had. Win-win for both of us! Like the recipe claimed, they fell off the bone!

This would be a perfect weeknight meal. You can set them in the crock-pot in the morning, and they are ready to go when you get home. We took the extra step of turning on the grill and caramelizing the sauce for a few minutes on each side. You could easily do this too during the week. Turn on the grill as before you take off your jacket and by the time you take them out to the grill, it will be ready for you. 🙂

These were toddler approved and are already packed up for lunch this week.

BBQ Sauce

The sauce minus the chili powder.

Baby Back Ribs

In the crock-pot ready to go.

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

After 8 hours in the slow cooker.

Baby Back Ribs Grill

A few minutes turn on the grill.

Finished Ribs

Ready to eat!

An easy recipe for slow cooking tasty bbq ribs.

Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs

Yield: 4 Servings


  • 2 cups of traditional bbq sauce
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of cider vinegar
  • 3 teaspoons  of oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon of chili powder
  • 3 lbs of baby back pork ribs
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Mix together bbq sauce, brown sugar, cider vinegar, oregano, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper, and chili powder in a small bowl.
  2. Remove membrane from ribs.
  3. Salt & pepper both sides of the ribs.
  4. Place ribs in slow cooker.
  5. Pour over half of the BBQ sauce mixture. Reserve the rest for serving.
  6. Cook on low for 8 hours, High for 4-6 hours
  7. After the ribs are done, spoon the bbq sauce in the slow cooker over the ribs before removing.
  8. Optional Finish: Heat them on the grill for an extra crispy texture & taste.
  9. Cut the ribs, serve with bbq sauce.


Adapted from Tasty



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  1. Is there a way to cut back on all the grease the ribs put out when cooking. I find I have to cook the ribs alone , pour off the grease then add BBQ sauce if I want the flavor from the sauce.

    1. Hi Tweety, I did not find them to be greasy. An option might be to finish them off on the grill in order to crisp them up more. We’ve eaten them straight from the slow cooker and the grill. Both were really good! Thank you for stopping by!

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