Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs – a foolproof recipe for baby back ribs. These are THE BEST ribs I’ve ever eaten! PLUS they are super easy to make! Simply coat baby back ribs in a homemade BBQ rub and slow cook in the crockpot. Finish them with some BBQ sauce under the broiler. Baby back ribs, brown sugar, smoked paprika, kosher salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and BBQ sauce. These are better than any restaurant! #slowcooker #crockpot #ribs #bbq

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Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Baby Back Ribs

Are you looking for a fool-proof recipe for your upcoming Memorial Day cookout? Look no further. These ribs are super easy to make in the crockpot and taste absolutely delicious! This was our first time making baby back ribs in the slow cooker and the result was fall-off-the-bone tender ribs. Hands down the best ribs we’ve ever eaten! Better than any restaurant. You must add these to your summer BBQ list!

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How to Make Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

These ribs are very easy to make. Start with making a quick homemade BBQ seasoning. Whisk together brown sugar, smoked paprika, kosher salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder. Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs. Season both sides of the ribs with rub. Slice racks in half. Place ribs vertically in a 6-quart slow cooker, with the larger cut bone side down and meat side out. Cook on low for 6-7 hours. Remove ribs from slow cooker and place on a baking sheet. Brush with BBQ sauce and place under the broiler for 3-5 minutes, until BBQ sauce is bubbly. Serve with additional BBQ sauce, if desired.

Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • It is very important to remove the membrane from the back of the ribs. The membrane does not soften when it’s cooked. It just comes out tough and chewy.
    • To remove the membrane, slide a dinner knife under the membrane and over a bone on the back of the rack of ribs. Lift and loosen the membrane until it tears. Grab the edge of the membrane with a paper towel and pull it off.
  • I bought my ribs at Costco, and they come with the membrane already removed.  That is a huge timesaver for me!  
  • My favorite store-bought BBQ sauces are G. Hughes, Sweet Baby Rays, Stubbs, and Williamson Brothers.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade BBQ Sauce: https://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-bbq-sauce/
  • Feel free to use a store-bought pre-made BBQ seasoning instead of the homemade seasoning below.
  • Can make BBQ rub in advance and store in an air-tight container for weeks.
  • Can Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs be made in advance? Yes! You can rub ribs with BBQ seasoning and refrigerate overnight before cooking.
    • You can also cook the ribs in the slow cooker and refrigerate them overnight before adding the sauce. When ready to serve, reheat the ribs covered in the oven and then brush with BBQ sauce and broil.
plate of slow cooker baby back ribs

What to Serve with Crockpot BBQ Ribs

These ribs are going to be the main attraction at our Memorial Day feast this month! These ribs are super easy to make and taste great! They are always tender and full of great flavor. We will be making these all summer long and for tailgating in the fall!

Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with these ribs:

slab of baby back ribs

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 5 mins
Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs – a foolproof recipe for baby back ribs. These are THE BEST ribs I've ever eaten! PLUS they are super easy to make! Simply coat baby back ribs in a homemade BBQ rub and slow cook in the crockpot. Finish them with some BBQ sauce under the broiler. Baby back ribs, brown sugar, smoked paprika, kosher salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and BBQ sauce. These are better than any restaurant! #slowcooker #crockpot #ribs #bbq

Ingredients:

Rub

  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • tsp kosher salt
  • tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder

Ribs

  • 3 racks baby back ribs
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce

Instructions:

  • To make rub, whisk together all spices. Set aside.
  • Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs. Season both sides of the ribs with rub. Slice racks in half. Place ribs vertically in a 6-quart slow cooker, with the larger cut bone side down and meat side out. Cook on low for 6-7 hours.
  • Remove ribs from slow cooker and place on baking sheet. Brush with BBQ sauce and place under the broiler for 3-5 minutes, until BBQ sauce is bubbly. Serve with additional BBQ sauce, if desired.

Notes:

  • It is very important to remove the membrane from the back of the ribs. The membrane does not soften when it’s cooked. It just comes out tough and chewy.
    • To remove the membrane, slide a dinner knife under the membrane and over a bone on the back of the rack of ribs. Lift and loosen the membrane until it tears. Grab the edge of the membrane with a paper towel and pull it off.
  • I bought my ribs at Costco, and they come with the membrane already removed.  That is a huge timesaver for me!  
4 bottles of store-bought BBQ sauce
  • My favorite store-bought BBQ sauces are G. Hughes, Sweet Baby Rays, Stubbs, and Williamson Brothers.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade BBQ Sauce: https://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-bbq-sauce/
  • Feel free to use a store-bought pre-made BBQ seasoning instead of the homemade seasoning below.
  • Can make BBQ rub in advance and store in an air-tight container for weeks.
  • Can Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs be made in advance? Yes! You can rub ribs with BBQ seasoning and refrigerate overnight before cooking.
  • You can also cook the ribs in the slow cooker and refrigerate them overnight before adding the sauce. When ready to serve, reheat the ribs covered in the oven and then brush with BBQ sauce and broil.

Steph

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  1. I'm so glad I saw this, gonna check with my family to see if we can put this on the menu for Wednesday!

  2. Wow, this recipe looks too good to be true. I love ribs but not the grilling part. This will be perfect for 4th of July dinner.

  3. i love your recipes in the paper,first time to your web site,thanks for answering ? so fast! have a good holiday.

  4. I was just looking online yesterday for a recipe for ribs for the crockpot as our grill is out of commission! Great timing! These ribs look delicious – I'm definitely trying these for the 4th. Thanks!

  5. You stand the ribs up on their bones – don't lay them down in the crockpot. This helps keep them out of the fat and juices

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