Slow Cooker BBQ Baby Back Ribs

Superbowl is right around the corner and this recipe is just perfect for enjoying some football! These BBQ Baby Back Ribs come out of the slow cooker so tender and juicy that the bone falls off right away!

Why is the slow cooker better than the grill?

First, it’s really cold outside (at least in Chicago) and I don’t know how you feel about grilling but I prefer to stay in and eat some good homemade food.


The slow cooker is the best appliance I have in my kitchen. I turn it on in the morning and can enjoy my day without slaving in the kitchen. And it is also a staple for modern comfort food.


This is why I love making ribs in there. They come out so tender and flavorful! It is impossible to burn them and I am not stressing over it!

Everything you need to make this Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs recipe:

  • Baby Back Ribs – you want to find a cut with as little fat as possible because it will melt in the slow cooker and make your meat taste like fat.
  • Good quality BBQ Sauce – I use Stubb’s Original BBQ sauce. The bourbon flavor is the best! Other even more premium sauces like Lillie’s really bring a ton more flavor but as long as you season with salt and pepper and add a lot of bbq sauce, the taste will be just as good.
  • Salt & Pepper

How to cook the ribs in the slow cooker?

The way the crockpot works is by bringing heat to the base of the pot and transferring it up from the sides to heat the food within. This is why the meat comes out so tender!


You also don’t need to add any liquid prior to cooking. The meat will not dry because the slow cooking process extracts the liquid and fat from the food and cooks it in that.


For this simple Crockpot Ribs recipe, all you have to do and add the ribs and the BBQ sauce. I have a fairly big crockpot and I still had to cut the rack in two.


Pat the ribs dry with a paper towel and season generously with salt and pepper. Add them to the crockpot and generously brush with BBQ Sauce. Cook on high or low. The longer you cook it the more tender the meat comes out.


And that’s is it! You can pair the ribs with this iceberg salad or honey butter brioche rolls. Make sure you have plenty of BBQ sauce on the side!
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