Slow Cooker Ribs

Slow cooker ribs are the best, most tender, flavorful ribs you’ll make! These are just about the easiest thing in the world and the meat just falls right off the bone! 
These crockpot ribs are coated in my simple homemade dry rub and then tossed in the slow cooker. Such an easy dinner and they always turn out so tender! #recipes #ribs #crockpot #slowcooker

My husband is straight up obsessed with pork.

The man would eat it for every meal if I weren’t around to shove beef, chicken, and a stray vegetable or two at him every now and then.

Man cannot live on bacon alone, my dear husband.

But, still, he tries.

Anyway, I’ve come up with some crazy amazing pork deliciousness over the years. My pulled pork is literally the best thing ever. I make it almost every time we have a big family get together, because not only does everyone love it, it’s easy.

Today I’m here with something porky, but different!

Crock pot ribs! Y’all are going to flip for how simple this one is.

My slow cooker ribs recipe starts with a homemade dry rub. You can use a store-bought version if you must, but I swear, my bbq rub is AMAZING and you really don’t want to miss out. 😉
easy ribs in the crockpot

How to make crock pot ribs:

This is the easy part, friends.

You literally just coat the ribs in my homemade BBQ dry rub.

The dry rub consists of brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and parsley. Super easy stuff that you probably have in your cupboards.

Sprinkle that over your ribs and rub it all in on both sides.

crock pot ribs

Add some apple cider (or apple juice!) to your slow cooker, pop the ribs in, cover, and cook!

Every slow cooker heats differently, but mine takes 4 hours on high and 8 hours on low. If your crockpot cooks hotter, you can reduce the same as needed.

These slow cooker pork ribs get pulled out and popped on a baking sheet. Slather them in my Carolina BBQ sauce and then pop them under the broiler for a couple of minutes.

Once the barbecue sauce starts to caramelize, your ribs are ready!

These are seriously best slow cooker ribs!!

slow cooker ribs

What to serve with crock pot pork ribs:

Oh goodness, there are so many tasty possibilities!

We always have my coleslaw recipe with ribs.

Jiffy corn casserole is a definite hit.

Cowboy beans, cauliflower potato salad, and crockpot hashbrown casserole are all amazing as well.

slow cooker ribs

More crockpot recipes:

If you love using that crockpot to make dinner time easy, I have some tasty recipes you should try!

My French dip sandwich is the most popular recipe on this site!

Crockpot BBQ chicken, crockpot pork roast, and crockpot chicken and stuffing are on repeat at my house month after month.

Serve these ribs with some cucumber tomato salad and crockpot mashed potatoes!

These crockpot ribs are coated in my simple homemade dry rub and then tossed in the slow cooker. Such an easy dinner and they always turn out so tender! #recipes #slowcooker #crockpot #ribs #bunsinmyoven

crockpot ribs on sheet pan
4.5 from 14 votes

Slow Cooker Ribs

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 10 mins
Servings: 8
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: barbecue, crockpot, pork, slow cooker
Calories: 302 kcal

These crockpot BBQ ribs are super simple and ready in no time! Toss them in your slow cooker and then baste with sauce before broiling to perfection.


  • 3 racks baby back ribs
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce


  1. Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs and cut each rack of ribs in half so that they fit easily in the slow cooker.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the paprika, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and parsley.

  3. Sprinkle the dry rub over each side of the ribs and use your hands to press it into the meat.

  4. Add the apple cider to the bottom of a slow cooker and place the ribs in the slow cooker.

  5. Cook, covered, on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.

  6. When ribs are nearly falling apart, carefully remove them from the slow cooker to a large baking sheet. Brush with barbecue sauce.

  7. Place under the broiler until the sauce has thickened and begun to caramelize, about 5 minutes. 

  8. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Ribs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 302 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 74mg25%
Sodium 1153mg50%
Potassium 391mg11%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 926IU19%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 52mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on should only be used as a general guideline.