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This Easy Slow Cooker Ribs Recipe makes the most delicious, tender, fall off the bone ribs! No grill or oven is required with these amazing ribs!

Slow Cooker Ribs are incredibly easy to make and most people would never guess they were made in the slow cooker.

Ribs brushed with BBQ Sauce on a black plate //
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Save time warming up the oven or standing over the heat of the grill if you want to make the absolute best ribs. Because these Slow Cooker Ribs are the most amazing, delicious, tender, fall off the bone ribs ever!

I absolutely love them and I’ve been told time after time that they are now so many other’s favorite ribs now too. And they couldn’t be easier. The secret is how I make them in the slow cooker.

Easy Slow Cooker Ribs Recipe

Slow cooker insert with racks of ribs //

How Many Ribs Per Person Do I Need?

When planning to make these slow cooker ribs, you’ll want to determine how many people you’ll be serving. I always like to add a little extra to my estimate so that I have leftovers or extras if needed.

Minimum as part of meal. My rule of thumb for determining how many ribs per person I need is to plan for ½ pound of ribs on average if I have a well planned menu including great side dishes.

Maximum as part of meal. If I know I’ll be serving a lot of hungry people, and mainly hungry men, I go ahead and plan for 1 pound of ribs per person.

Buffet or Appetizer. If the ribs are a part of an appetizer or other meats are being served, I plan between ¼ and ½ pound of ribs per person.

Cooked rack of ribs in slow cooker //

How to Make Easy Slow Cooker Ribs

To make these fabulous ribs, you’ll need:


  • Ribs
  • BBQ Sauce – you can use a favorite brand you purchase, but this sauce is scrumptious, simple to make and makes amazing ribs!

Step by Step Instructions

Arrange the ribs.

  • To make them, start by spritzing the slow cooker insert with olive oil spray or nonstick cooking spray.
  • Then, arrange the rack of ribs along the edges of the slow cooker like shown in second photo on this page. Depending on the size of your slow cooker and the size of your ribs, you can determine how many racks you can fit. For my 6-quart slow cooker, I’ve managed to snuggle in 5 about 2-pound each, racks of ribs.

Add the sauce.

  • Add about ¾ cup of Homemade BBQ Sauce to the ribs.

Set the slow cooker and cook.

  • Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook for 8 hours on Low or cook on High for 4 hours.

Prep and Serve the ribs.

  • When ribs are done and before serving, cut the rack into individual ribs.
  • Brush ribs with around ¼ cup of Homemade BBQ Sauce like to finish them off with a fresh glaze of BBQ sauce prior to serving.
  • Serve on a platter with bit of additional BBQ Sauce on the side.

Favorite BBQ Sauces for Ribs:

You can also use your favorite prepared barbecue sauce if you wish.

Slow Cooker Ribs and jar of bbq sauce with brush //

Side Dishes for with Slow Cooker Ribs

These ribs go with so many side dishes from a simple House Salad to a favorite casserole. Here are some other sides we enjoy with them:

Southern Potato Salad

Southern Baked Beans


Squash Casserole

Here’s my Slow Cooker Ribs recipe. I hope you love them as much as my family does!

5 from 2 votes

Easy Slow Cooker Ribs Recipe

Dinner 4 hrs 5 mins

Easy Slow Cooker Ribs Recipe - This easy slow cooker ribs recipe makes tender, fall off the bone ribs! No grill or oven is required with these amazing ribs! //
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Servings 6 people
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone
This Easy Slow Cooker Ribs Recipe makes the most delicious, tender, fall off the bone ribs! No grill or oven is required with these amazing ribs!


  • 3 pounds ribs
  • 2 cups BBQ Sauce homemade or store-bought


  • Spritz slow cooker insert with olive oil or non-stick cooking spray. 
  • Arrange the rack of ribs by standing them on their ends around the edges of the insert. 
  • Pour about ¾ cup of the BBQ sauce over the ribs, place the lid onto the slow cooker and set the timer for 8 hours on low or 4 hours on high. 
  • Before serving, remove the ribs from the slow cooker and cut into individual ribs. Brush with additional BBQ sauce, about ¼ cup. Serve on a platter with remaining sauce. 

Nutritional Information

Calories: 794kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 65g | Saturated Fat: 28g | Cholesterol: 170mg | Sodium: 680mg | Potassium: 715mg | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 255IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 4.3mg

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    1. Hi Brook,
      You will need to thaw the ribs first. You don’t ever need to cook frozen pork in the slow cooker. Hope you enjoy the ribs! Thanks!

    1. Meat can produce lots of liquid in a slow cooker and the lid prevents it from evaporating. Also, make sure you only pour 3/4 cup of the sauce in the slow cooker and use the rest as a sauce after the ribs have cooked.

  1. Do you remove the thin layer of skin on the underside of the ribs before putting them in the crock pot? I believe it is on all ribs you buy in a grocery store – maybe a private butcher shop removes. Just curious if you cook them with that layer still on the ribs. Thanks!

    1. Chetta, if it has not been removed by the butcher, I remove before cooking the ribs.

    1. Lyn, I have found that all ribs work with that recipe for the slow cooker and it really depends on your personal favorite. My husband prefers St. Louis-style pork ribs, so that is generally what I use.

    1. I’ve never tried making 3 times this recipe in one pot, Jay Pee. So glad you had good results.

    1. Marcia, standing the ribs on ends gives you more space to fit all the ribs in the slow cooker. Also, the meat is tender but the meat tends to stay on the bone better.

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