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crockpot ribs on sheet pan

Slow Cooker Ribs

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.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword barbecue, crockpot, pork, slow cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 302kcal


  • 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


  • 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.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the paprika, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and parsley.
  • Sprinkle the dry rub over each side of the ribs and use your hands to press it into the meat.
  • Add the apple cider to the bottom of a slow cooker and place the ribs in the slow cooker.
  • Cook, covered, on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
  • When ribs are nearly falling apart, carefully remove them from the slow cooker to a large baking sheet. Brush with barbecue sauce.
  • Place under the broiler until the sauce has thickened and begun to caramelize, about 5 minutes. 
  • Serve immediately.




This recipe calls for apple cider - this is a drink, like apple juice. Do not use apple cider vinegar.


Calories: 302kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 1153mg | Potassium: 391mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 926IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg