Crockpot Ribs

I have made this recipe for Crockpot Ribs many times since it was first published in 2011. Each time, I changed the sauce ever so slightly and now I’m finally ready to reshoot it and reshare, okay less talking and more crock pot ribs.
 Shredded crock pot ribs that are falling off the bone.

Crockpot Ribs

I never really liked ribs until about a year ago and now that I’m pregnant they are one of my biggest cravings. After a recent (and major disappointing) trip to Montana’s, my husband I came to the conclusion that my recipe tastes so much better. I made them tonight and wanted to share. This is from 2011, no – I’m not pregnant. I’ll be republishing the Crockpot Ribs and I wanted to tell you all to not get all excited over that (haha).

Slow cooker ribs recipe

Throughout my adult life, I have never had any other style of ribs aside from this recipe with ribs in the Crockpot. However, growing up it was a different story. My mom always boiled ribs first (as of most people I know of) and then baked them.

How this recipe from crockpot ribs came to be was that I had no idea what I was doing. I rubbed the ribs with a rib rub and chucked them in the oven, after an hour I realized I missed a step. I was worried that the ribs wouldn’t be tender and fall off the bone, so I tossed them in the Crockpot and hoped for the best.

They turned out great!

How to Cook Ribs in The Crockpot

Roasting ribs before adding them to the Crockpot

Rub the pork ribs with a rib rub (I suggest this rib rub, which is delicious on both chicken and ribs) and line on a roasting pan. Roast for roughly 60 minutes.

Note: The amount of rib rub is totally up to you. I like to cover the meat and rub it in good.

How to cook ribs in the slowcooker

They’re not the prettiest things when they come out of the oven, but lay them in the Crockpot and pour the sauce over them (which you would have whipped up while the ribs were in the oven).

Easy ribs sauce: a mixture of herbs, dijon mustard, ketchup, and BBQ sauce.

That’s it, they’re super easy.
In all honesty, you could probably just chuck them in the slow cooker without roasting first but I have never tried. They turned out good the first time that I always continued it that way. Something roasting it does do is get some of the fat out so they’re not as greasy in the Crockpot (please note, they will not be grease free there is still the pork “juices” that it simmers in as it cooks).

Slow Cooker Ribs

Fall off the bone crockpot ribs

TBK’s Pro Tip: Double the sauce recipe and coat the ribs with the homemade bbq sauce right before serving for a saucier experience.

Supplies used to make Crockpot Ribs:

Crock Pot Ribs meal ideas:

Add these delicious sides to complete this faux bbq meal:

PS: If you don’t want to make your own rib rub, I’ve been told that this one is really good.

These crock pot ribs are a delicious way to enjoy fall off the bone ribs with the convenience of a slow cooker!
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Crockpot Ribs

These crock pot ribs are a delicious way to enjoy fall off the bone ribs with the convenience of a slow cooker!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword crockpot ribs, homemade ribs, slow cooker ribs
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours
Servings 4
Calories 460kcal


  • 2 racks pork ribs
  • 1/4 cup Rib Rub
  • 1 batch sweet and smoky BBQ sauce recipe below

Sweet and Smoky BBQ Sauce

  • 1 cup Bold BBQ Sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons + 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke


Preheat oven to 350

  • Massage ribs with rib rub. Roast for 60 minutes, flipping in between.
  • While the ribs are cooking, whisk together the BBQ sauce together in a small bowl.
  • Arrange ribs in a Crockpot and smother ribs in sauce. I layer rib, sauce, rib, sauce. Cook on low for 6-8 hours
  • Suggestion: Double the sauce recipe and brush on the ribs before serving for an extra saucy experience.


Serving: 0.5rack | Calories: 460kcal | Carbohydrates: 47.3g | Protein: 31.4g | Fat: 15.6g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 110.1mg | Sodium: 1247.4mg | Fiber: 1.6g | Sugar: 35.8g
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Have you ever made ribs in the slow cooker?

34 comments on “Crockpot Ribs”

  1. OMG, that looks delicious. Ribs are definitely a favorite in our home and you totally just made me drool.

  2. Yummmmmm!! I love ribs…and they’re so tender and tasty in the crockpot too! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. Oh Hubby would be beyond excited if I made him ribs. I can’t stomach them. The whole bone and meat thing makes me gage. Can’t even eat chicken wings but he sure does love when I cook thing kind of stuff for him. May have to be nice and try this recipe out! It does sound yummy, minus the bones!

  4. Those ribs look so good! I love sweet and sour spare ribs. One of my favourites since I was a kid!

  5. Hi! I have ribs in the fridge ready to be cooked this week. This recipe looks delish! I was wondering if you think I could bake them for the 30 minutes each side and make the sauce at night and then layer it all in the crockpot the following morning before leaving for work?

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  7. Wow your recipe redo turned out beautifully. My hubby loves ribs, so I pinned your recipe so I can try it out. Thank you for sharing your recipe with us at the #HomeMattersParty this week!

  8. I’ve never had ribs from my crockpot. This recipe looks easy and delicious!

  9. Hi Randa! We wanted to let you know that your crockpot ribs are featured today at the home matters party! We hope you will check it out when you have a chance!

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