Easy Slow Cooker Ribs Recipe

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!

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! // addapinch.com

Friends, I have a confession. Save time warming up the oven or standing over the heat of the grill if you are making ribs for me, because these are my all-time favorite, most amazing, delicious, tender, fall off the bone ribs I’ve ever made and I love ’em.

And so does everyone else who has ever tasted them.

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Easy Slow Cooker Ribs Recipe

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! // addapinch.com

I make them in my slow cooker.

Yep.

And let me tell you, they are fabulous!

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! // addapinch.com

How to Make Easy Slow Cooker Ribs

Arrange the ribs.

To make them, I start by spritzing my slow cooker insert with olive oil spray or nonstick cooking spray. Then, I arrange my rack of ribs along the edges of the slow cooker like shown up above. 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.

Now, add your favorite BBQ sauce to your ribs. I like to go lightly here and not add all of my BBQ sauce since I like to finish them off with a fresh glaze of BBQ sauce for serving as well as serve a little bit of BBQ sauce on the side. So, I generally only add about 3/4 cup of the sauce to the ribs in the slow cooker.

Here are a few of my favorite homemade BBQ sauces:

Mama’s Coca Cola BBQ Sauce

Easy Homemade BBQ Sauce

Spicy Peach BBQ Sauce

Sweet & Spicy Molasses BBQ Sauce (from the Add a Pinch Cookbook)

You can also use your favorite prepared BBQ Sauce. Sticky Fingers has always been one that we have enjoyed as a purchased option.

All it takes.

Then, set the timer and walk away! When you are ready to serve, just slice the ribs into individual pieces and glaze with another 1/4 cup of your BBQ sauce. That’s all it takes.

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! // addapinch.com

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.

How Many Ribs Do I Need Per Person?

My rule of thumb for determining how many ribs I need per person is to plan for 1/2 pound of ribs on average if I have a well planned menu including great side dishes.

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.

If the ribs are a part of an appetizer or other meats are being served, I plan between 1/4 and 1/2 pound of ribs per person.

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

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! // addapinch.com
Yield: 6 people
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword amazing ribs recipe, best ribs recipe, easy ribs recipe, ribs recipe, slow cooker recipe, slow cooker ribs, slow cooker ribs recipe, tender ribs recipe

Easy Slow Cooker Ribs Recipe

Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours

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!

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Ingredients

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

Directions

  1. Spritz slow cooker insert with olive oil or non-stick cooking spray. 

  2. Arrange the rack of ribs by standing them on their ends around the edges of the insert. 

  3. Pour about 3/4 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. 

  4. Before serving, remove the ribs from the slow cooker and cut into individual ribs. Brush with additional BBQ sauce, about 1/4 cup. Serve on a platter with remaining sauce. 

Nutrition Facts
Easy Slow Cooker Ribs Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 794 Calories from Fat 585
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 65g 100%
Saturated Fat 28g 140%
Cholesterol 170mg 57%
Sodium 680mg 28%
Potassium 715mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 28g 9%
Sugars 31g
Protein 37g 74%
Vitamin A 5.1%
Vitamin C 0.7%
Calcium 5.4%
Iron 23.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All images and text © Robyn Stone for Add a Pinch

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

11 comments on “Easy Slow Cooker Ribs Recipe”

  1. Why does your recipe say cook time 2hrs 5 min. And your instructions say 8hrs on low or 4hrs on high?  Thanks sue.  I love your blog. Have tried many great recipes

  2. Thanks for catching that Sue! I’ve fixed the recipe for the correct time.
    I’m so happy you enjoy the recipes and the blog! Thanks so much!!! xo

  3. What kind of ribs do you generally use for this recipe? I see baby back and spare ribs. What’s the difference? Thank you

  4. Hi Robyn.
    Thank you so much for all the wonderful recipes you post.
    Do you have a specific type of rib that you prefer for the slow cooker?

    Thank you.

    • Hi Pam!
      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. I hope you enjoy it! xo

  5. I would looooove to try these ribs but I have a question: could I keep these warm in the oven? I would like to make it for 6 people but my slowcooker might not be big enough for 3 pounds of ribs.Would be great if you could give me some advice! Btw, I loooove your cooking receipes!

  6. Robyn, these are absolutely delicious! I put them on at 9 this morning & my husband polished off an entire rack of ribs at 1 p.m. when they were done. I did not use your coca cola recipe as I love coke & I’m diabetic & I KNOW I would want to polish off the remainder of the coke! I used a BBQ sauce that I had purchased 2 gallons of from a couple that comes through about every 3 months selling their BBQ. Their sauce is delicious & since I used the last of it this time, next time I’ll try one of two homemade BBQ sauce recipes I’ve saved: yours and another one with a little more kick that has some onion & chipotle chilies in adobo sauce. I am sure though, I’ll eventually work my way through all of your BBQ sauces. I also need to get me a 6 qt. slow cooker as mine is only 5 qts. & I could barely manage to get tracks of ribs in it because I could find no 2-pound racks they were 2 1/2 pounds each! I truly love your blog! I can’t have a lot of sweets as I have diabetes 2; however, I do have some chicken breasts thawed that are calling for your for your spicy peach BBQ sauce! Thank you for all of the recipes, hard work, & love that you pour into your blog! Wishing you a very blessed remainder of 2018!

  7. Question- the ingredients list says 2 cups of sauce, but the directions say to use 3/4 cup and then glaze with 1/4 cup, which is only a cup! Am I missing something? What do you do with the second cup of sauce? Thanks!

    • Hi Rachel,
      You add the BBQ Sauce as directed in the recipe. Then you’ll serve ribs with the remainder of the sauce on the side so people can add more sauce if they wish. Hope this helps! Enjoy them!

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