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Ribs covered in Barbecue Sauce on a wooden cutting board

Slow Cooker Ribs

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!

Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword crock pot ribs recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 366 kcal
Author Sandy Clifton


  • 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


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Rub the spice rub on all sides of the ribs.

  4. Pour the apple juice, ACV, and liquid smoke into the crock of the slow cooker.

  5. 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.

  6. Remove the ribs from the slow cooker and put them on a baking sheet. Slather them with the bbq sauce.

  7. At this point you can put them under the broiler for a few minutes to caramelize the bbq sauce. This step is optional.

  8. Serve hot and enjoy!