Crockpot Barbecue Ribs

Crockpot barbecue ribs are a delicious and tender dish that is ideal for a filling meal. Slow cooking in the crockpot allows the ribs to become extremely flavorful and fall-off-the-bone tender. Here’s a delicious and simple recipe for Crockpot Barbecue Ribs:


  • 2 racks of baby back ribs or spare ribs (about 4-5 pounds total)
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce (store-bought or homemade, your preference)
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)


  1. Combine the barbecue sauce, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, onion powder, smoked paprika, black pepper, and salt in a large mixing bowl. To make the barbecue sauce, combine all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  2. If the back of your ribs (the side that is attached to the bone) has a thin, translucent membrane, remove it for improved tenderness and flavor. You must first loosen a corner of the membrane with a knife before grabbing it with a paper towel and pulling it off.
  3. In order for the rib racks to fit inside your crockpot, cut them into smaller pieces.
  4. Make sure the ribs are evenly coated with the prepared barbecue sauce before placing them in the crockpot.
  5. Cook the ribs in the crockpot on low heat for 6 to 8 hours or on high heat for 3 to 4 hours. Cover the crockpot with the lid. The size of the ribs and your crockpot will determine the precise cooking time. When finished, the ribs ought to be tender and simple to separate from the bone.
  6. Optional: For an extra step to enhance the flavor, you can remove the ribs from the crockpot and place them on a baking sheet. Brush the ribs with some of the cooked barbecue sauce from the crockpot and broil them in the oven for a few minutes until they develop a caramelized and slightly charred surface.
  7. Serve the Crockpot Barbecue Ribs with extra barbecue sauce for dipping and your favorite side dishes like coleslaw, cornbread, or roasted vegetables.

Crockpot Barbecue Ribs are sure to be a hit at your dinner party. They’re a crowd-pleaser that requires little effort and yields delicious, tender, and saucy ribs. Enjoy!