Slow and Savory: Crockpot Barbecue Ribs Recipe

There’s something undeniably comforting about sinking your teeth into tender, fall-off-the-bone barbecue ribs. While traditionally cooked on a grill, you can achieve the same mouthwatering results using a crockpot. This slow-cooker barbecue ribs recipe is perfect for those who crave the delicious flavors of barbecue without the hassle of tending to a grill. So, grab your crockpot, and let’s get cooking!


For this tantalizing dish, you’ll need:

  1. 2 racks of baby back ribs (approximately 4-5 pounds)
  2. 1 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce
  3. 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  4. 2 teaspoons of smoked paprika
  5. 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  6. 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  7. Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Prepare the Ribs: Begin by prepping the ribs. If not already done, remove the membrane from the back of the ribs. To do this, use a butter knife to lift one corner of the membrane, then grab it with a paper towel and pull it off.
  2. Season the Ribs: In a small bowl, combine the smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Rub this spice mixture generously over both sides of the ribs.
  3. Layer in the Crockpot: Place one rack of seasoned ribs at the bottom of your crockpot, bending them as needed to fit. Pour half of the barbecue sauce over the first layer and sprinkle with half of the brown sugar.
  4. Repeat the Layers: Add the second rack of ribs on top of the first, followed by the remaining barbecue sauce and brown sugar.
  5. Cook Low and Slow: Set your crockpot to low heat and cook the ribs for 6-7 hours. Slow-cooking is key to achieving that perfect tenderness.
  6. Baste Occasionally: If you can, baste the ribs with the cooking juices and sauce every couple of hours. This helps to infuse the flavors and keep the ribs moist.
  7. Finish on the Grill (Optional): If you desire that authentic barbecue char, preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Carefully transfer the cooked ribs to the grill and cook for a few minutes on each side, brushing with additional barbecue sauce for a caramelized glaze.
  8. Serve and Enjoy: Once the ribs are done, remove them from the crockpot (or grill), and let them rest for a few minutes. Then, slice between the bones and serve with your favorite sides, like coleslaw, cornbread, or baked beans.

This Crockpot Barbecue Ribs recipe offers the best of both worlds – mouthwatering, smoky barbecue flavor with minimal effort. Whether you’re hosting a summer cookout, a game day gathering, or simply craving some comfort food, these slow-cooked ribs are sure to satisfy your taste buds. So, fire up your crockpot, savor the aroma as it fills your home, and indulge in these tender, succulent ribs that are certain to become a family favorite.