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

Randa’s 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.

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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!


  • 2 racks pork ribs
  • Rib Rub
  • Batch of sweet and smoky BBQ sauce (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

  1. Massage ribs with rib rub. Roast for 60 minutes, flipping in between.
  2. While the ribs are cooking, whisk together the BBQ sauce together in a small bowl.
  3. 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.


Nutrition Information

Yield: 4, Serving Size: 1/2 rack

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 460 Calories
  • Total Fat: 15.6g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 110.1mg
  • Sodium: 1247.4mg
  • Carbohydrates: 47.3g
  • Fiber: 1.6g
  • Sugar: 35.8g
  • Protein: 31.4g
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34 comments on “Crockpot Ribs”

  1. They look so yummy! We love lots of sauce too!

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  3. This looks wonderful! I will have to try them.

    Clancy Harrison

  4. Yummy! I wish I could reach into the screen with a fork.

  5. I love ribs in the crock pot. Yum!

    New follower from the Monkey Monday blog hop.

  6. oooh, crockpot ribs are so good and so easy!

  7. Looks good. Can this be made with beef ribs?

  8. i feel u i went through that this yr too but i wanted ribs from hooters

  9. Always looking for new crock pot recipes – and my family loves ribs – thanks!!

  10. Hi there! So glad I found your blog through the hop. So refreshing! I’ve always wanted to try crockpot ribs but have never been game. You’ve just inspired me!

  11. I think they look good- drippy, the way they should be! lol
    marie from howard house reviews

  12. I wish I could reach into the screen with a fork.I’ve always wanted to try crockpot ribs but have never been game. You’ve just inspired me!

  13. This looks delicious! Does it have to be pork ribs?

  14. OMG!!!! That looks amazing! 🙂 My mouth is watering. I just don’t think my lunch can compare! lol! Def giving these a try sooooon! I pinned it on Pinterest! 😉

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  16. Oh my gosh! Is it wrong that I was drooling as I read this post?!?! I want some of these bad boys right now! LOL! Thanks for sharing your recipe! Bookmarked it for future use! Maybe next week while visiting fam for holidays!

  17. I make ribs in the crock pot, but never like this. I will have to try sometime. Usually I make them with a bit of orange juice and some rib sauce and apples and onion, maybe a pinch of brown sugar. They are pretty sweet and tasty and moist that way too. Great recipe. I went through a period where after I watched Silence of The Lambs I couldn’t look at ribs, but thankfully I love them again and youngest DD loves them too.

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

  19. 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!

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

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

  22. 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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  24. 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!

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

  26. 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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