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Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs recipe
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Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs

Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs are incredibly tender and moist but best of all, this is the easiest way to make ribs!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time4 hrs 30 mins
Broiling5 mins
Total Time4 hrs 35 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 553kcal


  • 2 racks Baby Back Ribs (membrane removed)
  • 1 recipe Dry Rub for Ribs (click link or use your favorite store bought rub)
  • ¼ teaspoon Liquid Smoke
  • 1 bottle BBQ Sauce


  • Liberally coat the ribs with the dry rub until fully coated.
  • Place ribs in a 6-quart slow cooker, standing them on their side, leaning against the wall of the slow cooker.
  • Add liquid smoke to the slow cooker and cook on low for 2 ½ hours then flip the ribs and continue cooking for another 2 hours, for a total of 4 ½ hours.
  • Ribs are done when the bones can be pulled away from the meat, and the meat cracks when lifted, however, the meat should not fall apart. If the meat is not sufficiently tender yet, just let it cook longer.
  • Remove ribs from the slow cooker and set broiler on high.
  • Placing ribs on a rimmed baking sheet, place on middle oven rack under the broiler until a brown crust forms on the meat.
  • Remove from the broiler and liberally paint with BBQ sauce, then place on the top rack of the oven and broil until BBQ sauce thickens into a jam and threatens to burn.
  • Remove from oven, let cool briefly, and serve.


If your dry rub does not contain salt you will want to lightly dust the ribs with salt prior to cooking.
This recipe is designed for baby back ribs, however, it can be used with St. Louis style ribs too, however, the cooking time may be slightly longer.
IF YOU LIKED THIS RECIPE you will love my Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork recipe too!


Calories: 553kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 130mg | Sodium: 940mg | Potassium: 641mg | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 210IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 1.9mg