Slow Cooker Ribs are fall off the bone tender, and have amazing flavor with a tasty spice rub and your favorite barbecue sauce. These crock pot ribs are super easy to make, and will quickly become a family favorite!
Slow Cooker Ribs
On a busy day I like to throw a meat main dish into my slow cooker and let it do the heavy lifting while I work or run errands. Slow Cooker Ribs are amazing cooked low and slow, and my family absolutely loves them.
I use my 6 or 8 quart size cooker for my crock pot ribs. I cut each rack in half and they fit nicely. If you have a round slow cooker, you can cut the rack of ribs in thirds, or whatever will fit best in the crock. It won’t affect the cook time.
Here’s How to make the BEST Slow Cooker Ribs:
Here is my Ribs Spice Rub recipe
I like to make a double batch and keep it in a mason jar in the pantry. This rub works for pork chops, beef roast, burgers, pulled pork, and lots of other meats. It has just the right amount of salt, spice, and a bit of smoky flavor.
Some people have asked me if the apple cider vinegar makes these crock pot ribs taste sour. No, it doesn’t. It just adds a subtle acidic note that is not strong tasting, and adds to the overall flavor. In a good way!
For the last step, when you slather the ribs with bbq sauce, use a great tasting sauce that will make the ribs over the top! My favorite bbq sauce is Jack Daniels Original because it has a smoky flavor that I love. Many people like Sweet Baby Rays bbq sauce, and we do use it on occasion.
Broiling the ribs for a few minutes after slow cooking will caramelize the sauce on the slow cooker ribs and make them even more delicious.
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Slow Cooker Ribs are fall apart tender and very flavorful. These crock pot ribs are so easy to make and the family will love them!
- 1 rack Baby Back Ribs (or I get what's on sale)
- 3-4 Tbsp Spice Rub
- 1/2 cup Apple Juice
- 1/3 cup Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
- 1-2 tsp Liquid Smoke
- 1/2 - 1 cup Barbecue Sauce
Pat the ribs dry with paper towels. Cut the rack in half or thirds, whatever will make them fit in the slow cooker you own.
Remove the "silver skin" membrane from the back of the rack if it is still attached. Grasping it with a paper towel helps you get a good grip on it.
Rub the spice rub on all sides of the ribs.
Pour the apple juice, ACV, and liquid smoke into the crock of the slow cooker.
Add the ribs to the slow cooker and put the lid on. Cook on High for 3-4 hours, or Low for 6-7 hours. You can turn them halfway through the cooking time, but it's not necessary.
Remove the ribs from the slow cooker and put them on a baking sheet. Slather them with the bbq sauce.
At this point you can put them under the broiler for a few minutes to caramelize the bbq sauce. This step is optional.
Serve hot and enjoy!
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