Simple Slow Cooker Ribs Recipe

There’s just something about these simple Slow Cooker Ribs that make them my favorite way to cook ribs lately. I know, I know, we’re right here at the end of the summer and I’m already talking about how I’d rather cook ribs in a slow cooker than on the grill.


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Well, that’s sorta true.

I do love ribs that have been slow cooked on the grill and are falling apart tender, but for an easy-as-can-be weeknight meal (or even weekend), you just can’t beat this slow cooker ribs method.


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This slow cooker method works fine for both spare and baby back ribs, but I have to say that my favorites are country-style ribs. Country-style ribs are the ribs that are cut from the sirloin end of the pork loin. Since they are the meatiest style of ribs, they are always a favorite around here. I think they are also the most flavorful, too!


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Since Country-style ribs are sold both as a slab and already pre-cut into individual servings, you can find them however you prefer in your grocery store usually. However, for cooking them in the slow cooker, I have found that I like to just go ahead and buy them in individual servings (pre-cut). If they aren’t pre-cut in your grocery store, usually your butcher can do that for you or you can just do them yourself before placing into the slow cooker. It just makes things so much easier in the long run!

Gosh, that sounds so lazy, doesn’t it?

But, as much as I’m going on about my love for country-style ribs, this method works perfectly with baby back and spare ribs, too. So, pick your preferred cut of rib and you’ll be in business.


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So, here’s is my Slow Cooker Ribs recipe. Get ready to be wowed!

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Simple Slow Cooker Ribs Recipe
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Slow Cooker Ribs so tender they practically fall off the bones! Get this simple slow cooker ribs recipe for easy as can be ribs anytime you want them!
Serves: 6-8
  • 4 pounds pork ribs, country-style, baby back or spare ribs (your preference)
  • 1 recipe Mama's Coca Cola BBQ Sauce (or your preferred sauce)
  1. Spray slow cooker insert with non-stick cooking spray. Arrange ribs in slow cooker insert, wrapping them around the inside of the insert or by cutting them in thirds or halves if necessary. Pour BBQ sauce over ribs, reserving ½ cup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for later use.
  2. Cook over low for 6 hours. Spoon remaining BBQ sauce over ribs for serving, if desired. If not, serve on the side.


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Robyn xo


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  1. 1


    I have always wondered about slow cooker ribs. They seem too easy to be true, but I’d say I NEED to give them a try since I have yet to come across a good way of cooking ribs that leaves them tender and falling off the bone! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. 5

    Lisa says

    I love ribs and the idea of extending my time with them beyond the summer grill using the slow cooker.

    Do you brown the ribs before putting in the slow cooker?

  3. 6

    Sloan says

    I’m new to this… when you say “insert” does that mean one of those tin foil drop in slow cooker pieces? Do you wrap the foil over the top? Can I just use my regular slow cooker instead? Thank you! I’m so excited to try this recipe :-)

    • 7


      Hi Sloan,
      When I “insert” I am referring to the container that you cook in within your slow cooker. Some are made of crockery, etc. This is just your regular slow cooker and nothing additional.

    • 8

      Sloan says

      Thank you Robyn! Yum, yum, yum! We ALL loved it for dinner tonight! (And that was even with store-bought sauce.)

      Tomorrow’s recipe: shrimp dip for Bunco!

  4. 9

    Andrea says

    Wow! Another great recipe and you keep it simple. The ribs are really, really good and I love the barbeque sauce as well. Thanks so much Robyn. Have a great week:)

  5. 11

    Terry Paton says

    Well you were so right on the Simple to make part….. They are in the cooker with about five hours to go…..hope my wife loves them as they sound yummy. I’ll let you know how this stranger in the kitchen makes out Robyn.

    • 12

      Terry Paton says

      OMG these were so good! Only thing is I’m getting the rep of being able to cook….. I think? that is a good thing :-)
      Thanks again

  6. 13

    Alan Fraser says

    Do the ribs need to be submersed by the BBQ sauce? Or is the BBQ sauce simply spread over the ribs sufficient?



    • 14

      rick says

      Just dump it over the top and it will seep down to cover all the ribs. I make these all the time. I also slice some onions and layer them in

  7. 15

    ariel says

    robyn.. you are funny! :) i enjoyed your time breakdown for this recipe. 5 minutes for prep, 6 hours for slow cooking, for a grand total of 6 hours and 5 minutes! kinda makes me why i watch gordon ramsay! 😀

  8. 16

    ariel says

    typo in my post.

    i wrote, “kinda makes me why i watch gordon ramsay!” but i LEFT OUT A WORD…. it *should* have read, “kinda makes me wonder why i watch gordon ramsay!”

    can you add that word ‘wonder’ for me? otherwise… i look like a moron. :(

  9. 17

    rick says

    You forgot the garlic, turnips, an, or, potatoes, cabbage, an carrots, that`s the way I do mine……

  10. 18

    Jacquelin Zellermayer says

    My husband just cooked a Boston butt just like yours but used a rub from his son (Carolina Panthers)and cooked it all night in my slow cooker,it was delicious, can’t wait to try your ribs recipe and your yellow squash recipe today. Thanks Robyn.

  11. 19

    Lora Smith says

    Wow, wow – wow! After reading the comments re your recipe (and totally ignoring other recipes I googled) your rib recipe is in the crockpot!

  12. 23

    Janet says

    This recipe is deceiving! Mine took less than 5minutes to prep …lol. Sprayed the crock pot, plopped in the ribs and doused with kc masterpiece. Done. Two minutes tops!

  13. 25

    Janet says

    I’m using country ribs (no bones). I wonder if I need to add some time or use the high setting for a couple of hours. Hmm…will leave it at low this time. I’ll let you know if we’re eating at 7pm or midnight….lol

  14. 27

    Brian says

    Just put in spare ribs with sweet baby rays and some onion. we will have them with baked potato and asparagus. Cant wait Yuuuuummmmm….

  15. 29

    mr jay says

    how do you do the sideribs with the big boneless flap of meat or the skirt to tenderize it so its not too stringy the ribs i bought are called side ribs center removed i have seasoned them and whant to smoke them for flavour but would like them tender?

  16. 30

    Lisa says

    Hi. How many lbs should I cook if I need to feed eight people. Also, would this recipe work if I cook on high for 4 hours as the 6 hours won’t be feasible with my schedule. Thanks. Sounds delicious.

    • 31


      Hi Lisa,
      If at all possible, I would recommend cooking the ribs for the extended period of time so that they are more tender and fall off the bone. Cooking them faster will have the meat cooked, but it will likely be tougher. Here’s another idea. Could you put them in the slow cooker and cook them overnight or all day on low setting and then just keep them in the slow cooker on warm? I think that would turn out the best for you! As to how many pounds, I would recommend 1 pound per person.

  17. 32

    DC Will says

    I have -would you believe it??- OVER SEVEN POUNDS of pork side ribs sitting in my fridge. (Hubby should not be allowed to go shopping alone.) Same amount of cooking time, do you think?

  18. 33

    Jillyan says

    I have read the entire page & will be cooking these tomorrow, do I cook them ( country cut) on Low, Med, or High??

    • 34


      Hi Jillyan,
      If time permits, I really recommend cooking on the low setting as much as possible for meats such as country cut ribs. You’ll be assured a more tender result, I think. Plan to cook them on the low setting for about 8 hours, if possible.

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