Easy Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs are melt-in-your-mouth incredible! Let your slow cooker do all the work and come home to sticky, fall apart ribs!
Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs easy and absolutely DELICIOUS! Fall-off-the-bone tender ribs finished off in the oven to create the best, barbecue sticky glaze and caramelised edges! The 4-ingredient marinade is the hands down the best marinade smothered on ribs.
Slow Cooker Ribs
The secret to the level of deliciousness in these ribs is a good GOOD kick of garlic in our marinade. Usually, the oven is our best friend when craving and cooking oven baked ribs, but the Slow Cooker has become my favourite kitchen tool in our chaotic life. Move over oven…
The best part about Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs is that they fit for any time…any season. Slow coking ribs breaks down the connective tissue in the meat making them fall-apart, tender. Brushing with a delicious barbecue sauce glaze with a kick of garlic and Cayenne (optional), then broiled for an extra 2 minutes until bubbling, charred and crispy on the tops and edges ensures the best ribs you will try.
The ribs are not only smothered in sauce while they are slow cooking, they are coated in sauce a second time before going under the broiler (or grill) to create the stickiest glaze while charring the edges. I love pouring all of the juices from the slow cooker bowl into the remaining sauce to give them even more flavour!
- Barbecue sauce
- Worcestershire sauce
- Brown sugar
- Cayenne — an optional ingredient if you like a nice kick of heat!
Mix all the ingredients together and brush all over the meat.
How To Cook Ribs In a Slow Cooker
In this recipe I am providing different cook times depending on the results you are looking for.
LOW: 7 HOURS / HIGH: 3 HOURS — Ribs that are soft but stay on the bone (as shown in the video below).
LOW: 9 HOURS / HIGH: 4-5 HOURS — Tender, fall apart in your hands ribs that melt in your mouth like butter (as shown in the image below).
Place your ribs on the bowl of a 6-qt slow cooker bowl, pour the sauce all over to evenly coat and let the slow cooker do all the cooking for you. Once they are done, transfer ribs to an oven tray, baste with more sauce/juices mixture and broil (grill) for 5-10 minutes until charred on the edges and bubbling!
How To Remove Membrane From Ribs Before Cooking
Before cooking, I recommend removing the membrane from the back of the ribs. It’s not essential to do this, but I find the sauce is better absorbed into the meat when removed.
At one end of the rack, slide a fork or a blunt knife under the membrane and over a bone. Lift the membrane away off of the bone until it begins to tear Use a paper towel to grab hold of the edge of the membrane and pull it off. It may come off in one piece or it may tear into smaller pieces. (See video BELOW.)
Warning / disclaimer. These down here were left cooking for 9 hours on low. See how the meat is melting off the bone?
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Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs
- 2 cups (500ml) barbecue sauce
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper (optional for a hint of spice)
- 2 kg (4 pounds) baby back pork ribs
- Salt , to taste
- Spray inside of a 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray.
- Remove inner skin (membrane) from ribs and place ribs in slow cooker. Discard skin.
- Combine bbq sauce, brown sugar, garlic, Worcestershire sauce and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Mix well to combine and completely cover with half of the sauce.
- Season with a good amount of salt and pepper; cover with lid and cook on low setting for 7-9 hours or high setting for 3-5 hours *see notes. Refrigerate remaining sauce to use later.
- When ribs are tender and falling apart, transfer onto an oven tray (or baking sheet), lined with parchment paper. (Lift them carefully as the meat will be very tender and falling off the bone).
- Pour half of the juices from the slow cooker bowl into the remaining sauce. Baste ribs with half of the sauce and broil (grill) in preheated oven at 400°F (220°C) for about 10 minutes or until beginning to char and crisp on the edges.
- Serve ribs with remaining sauce.
- LOW: 7 HOURS / HIGH: 3 HOURS — Ribs that are soft but stay on the bone (as shown in the video in post).
- LOW: 9 HOURS / HIGH: 4-5 HOURS — Tender, fall apart ribs that melt in your mouth like butter (as shown in the images in post).
Fantastic! Second time I have used the blog post to make fantastic ribs! I am not a meat eater, but my family loves ribs, so finding great recipes is key. These are apparently to die for. Used some molasses BBQ sauce and espresso tonight and they were perfect! Definitely inspired to look at more of your recipes!
These were awesome! The meat could be taken off the bone with a fork and was very tender! Five star rating from my household:)
Samantha Cooper says
Hi. I’m making these ribs for the second time today. They are almost ready to go in the oven and i just realized i am out of parchment paper. Is it ok to use foil? Do not want to mess anything up. the 1st time i made them they were amazing!! Thank you! Not sure if i will get an answer in time. But i will know for next time. thank you so much
Yes! Foil is fine to use! Just brush the foil with a little cooking oil to prevent them from sticking 🙂
I added one shredded apple just for sweetness and because it fits to pork meat. The times mentioned really did the trick. For a next time I think I will marianate the meat in the sauce, maybe a night but certainly a couple of hours to get a more intense flavor. I was a little hesitant on the salt and -epper but it can have quite a bit. All in all went three full slabs down in 10 minutes with three people digging in. Excellent recipe, which I will certainly share.
Linda L says
Ok, so easy and fabulously delicious! Make these ribs. This recipe took no time at all to prep and I was able to go about my business for 5 hours and have a wonderful meal ready at 5. Thank you thank you.
Susan B. says
Made these tonight for the third time. Didn’t do anything different, but I think these were the best yet. Maybe because I gave some to my 88 year old neighbor last time and she bought ribs the other day and said she would love to “share” again. We cook ours til the meat falls off the bone and we can cut them with a fork.
This recipe was so easy to make and delicious! We’ll definitely be making this again!
Brilliant recipe. Easy and so moorish!
A family favourite now. Thank you!
Skye Graham says
I normally choose my recipes based on reviews but with cafe delites, I don’t even look at them anymore..your recipes never fail and this was yet another hit! Simple, soo delish, so easy and super tasty! Falling off the bone…thank you so much for sharing your amazing skills!
Recipe also works great with brisket, New family favourite!
Yum my boys have been craving American Ribs for months now and since we can not travel I gave them a try myself, we will be enjoying these little delicacies again in Cronulla Beach Sydney Aus
Gerd Gabriel says
First time I had a crack at making ribs. Being winter down under at the moment I thought I’d use the slow cooker. 2.1 kg of ribs. 2 hrs on high. 3 hrs on low. Didn’t add Cayenne Pepper because I used some Sweet Baby Rays Kickin Bourbon Sauce and Marinade but I think it needed a bit more spice. I will definitely try the Cayenne Pepper next time. I have 3 teenage sons and all the ribs were cleaned up. I thought I would have some leftovers as there was only 5 of us and we had plenty of mash and veggies but I guess the ribs were too good!
I will definitely be making these again soon.
Thank you for a great recipe.
I followed this recipe (rub and sauce) to a T except for broiling the last 3 minutes and it was absolutely delicious!!! My fiance and the kids 100% approved! This will be my new go to for truly juicy, succulent ribs! Thank you!!!
I made these for my husband last night, and he proposed marriage again. This was the first recipe I’ve tried from your website, but he is now requesting several others. He loved the simplicity of the sauce, and the way that the ribs fell off the bone, but still had the nice char. Thank you!
“Wow” “I’ve never had ribs like this, Mom” said my 16-yr-old son. So, I encouraged him to brag to his dad, a seasoned BBQer, about them 🙂
Delish! Fell right off the bone! Will make again.
Rhiannon Gamble says
These were so delicious!!! The family wanted more. Outstanding, easy and will be a family favourite forever. Thank you!
As someone who doesn’t own a BBQ I’m so glad To now know a way to make amazing ribs at Home. Followed the recipe verbatim and it was amazing! 9+ hours in low and they came out soft juicy and tender.
Priscilla Katuramu says
As another poster said, I wish I could give this recipe 10 stars!! They were so easy and sooooo delicious!! Officially my new and now only go-to ribs recipe. Thanks Karina!!
Perhaps I’m missing this, but can I use St. Louis cut ribs for this instead of baby back? Thanks!
Emily McKay says
Yes. That’s what I use with this recipe.
Char London says
I will give these ten stars if I could. Made these for Sunday dinner as I am always looking for something new to break up the monotony. Man oh man, they were amazing. I put them in the slow cooker before we left for church this morning for the 3 hours on high and that timing was perfect. I finished them off in the oven when we got home. I used just a dash of cayenne and that was perfect. I made some cabbage and roasted butternut squash on the side. This was the perfect dinner. The hubs couldn’t wait to get his hands on them and loved it. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe.
Patricia Brewer says
Sexy Music…..Sexy Ribs…..screaming Valentine’s Day dinner!!!! <3<3
Loved these ribs! So good and so easy! My kids and husband loves the sauce! I recommend the 9 hours on low. They literally fell off the bone and were simply amazing! Thank you for this recipe. It is a keeper!
Nancy Collins says
Looking online for an easy crock-pot recipe, I came across these. They look so YUMMY, I have decided to make them tonight. I will let you know how they are….. I have no doubt they will me amazing!!!!!!
My cooker has temperature settings so I’m guessing “low” is about 225. They look delicious .
Excellent recipe. But what I wanted to point out is something I have not seen on any other web-based recipe – the ability to select the number of people cooking for and the ingredients being displayed in that proportion! Brilliant! Cheers from Canada.
I had never made ribs before, and my husband was the “rib master” about a year ago I decided to try and used this recipe. My husband was nervous that I would mess them up. When I was done he was mad, because my ribs came out better than his. This is now served every month. Such a great and simple recipe.
Hi There! I’m not a huge pork fan, so would this recipe be good to use with beef instead of pork ribs? And if so, what type of beef ribs would you suggest? Thank you so much! The recipe looks super yummy so crossing my fingers it’ll work with beef as well
In the slow cooker, should I expect the ribs to be covered in the sauce, or is it ok if they are sticking out? Basting them occasionally then might be good. Thanks.
Cristin Edmonds says
This is a family favorite for us! My boyfriend begs me to make these as much as possible. We’ve made them so many times and I’m not a rib person but these are just so amazing and the sauce is just wow. I did use a little less cayenne because we’re not big on the spicy stuff. I definitely recommend these! Thanks for the awesome recipe!
Holy cow – this is a fantastic recipe! Totally easy, totally delicious! Everyone loved this!
Tiff G says
These ribs are in the crockpot now. The sauce smells so good! Just to clarify – will I heat them in the oven at 400 degrees while basting or should I use my broiling setting (Which is 500 degrees)? Thanks!
Can anyone tell me about how much in ounces the calories is per serving of ribs?? Counting calories and trying to make this again for dinner- made before and it is DELICIOUS!!! Even my picky kids ate every bite and wanted more.
Absolutely delicious and easy! The best recipe I have tried, I shall look no further. Tender, fall-off-the-bone and I just used regular grocery store baby backs. The family was speechless during dinner – that’s a first! Can’t wait to try the molten chocolate cakes and other delicious looking things. I think I may have found my go-to recipe website!
Best ribs ever! The ribs came out so nice and juicy and were falling off the bone! This recipe is a definite keeper!
These came out soooooo goooood! So easy to do! This one is a keeper for sure!
Loved these ribs. The family demolished them. Thank you for a great recipe.
I don’t believe I’ve ever made ribs before. This recipe was SO easy, and the ribs were fabulous. I put them on the grill for 8-10 minutes rather than turning the oven on. (We live in northern Alabama, and it’s already HOT!) Thanks!
Debbie Hocking says
I do the same, we live in SE Texas.
Making these and your oven style for the second time today. They were a huge hit the first time around. Our daughter is graduating this spring and wants them for her party. We are “practicing”. Thank you so much!
I don’t eat ribs but I have made these twice for my husband. He has told me these are the best ribs he has ever had!
Great recipe!! Thank you ? The touch of cayenne gives it a great kick that you don’t get from just using BBQ sauce! Broiling in the oven makes them even better! Awesome ??
Joel Glen Simpson says
These Ribbs Are Badd Ass!!?????
I made these in an instant pot (took about 45 minutes) and then put them in to broil on a pan. It was like the best thing I’ve ever made. They were amazing.
Did you add any broth or water to these for the pressure cooker? We love this recipe but I just got a gourmia pressure cooker and wanted to try these awesome ribs in it!! Thanks
How long can these be kept in refrig. only, not freezer?
I don’t like barbecue ribs …. at all. But, for some strange reason, I had a taste for them. Found this recipe, followed the directions and, believe it or not, couldn’t stop eating them. I absolutely love them! The whole family does. Just to make sure, I brought some to my co-worker who is an expert on ribs and she demanded the recipe. Said they were the best she’s ever had. I’m making them again today for the third time. Definitely on my meal rotation.
My husband and I loved these slow cooker ribs we had for dinner tonight! I used beef ribs and my Nana’s bbq sauce. My modifications were using 1 tbsp of minced garlic and 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper flakes.
My Nana’s bbq sauce:
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp white vinegar
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1 cup ketchup
3/4 cup water
I just discovered your website and am looking forward to being more adventurous in the kitchen. Thank you from Toronto 🙂
Jan Anter says
Karina, I’m not sure if I left a post after the first time I made these ribs, but you deserve another! Hands down the easiest and best ribs we have ever had! Thank you for the fab, no brainer recipe ever. Making ribs on a snowy day in Cleveland was the best…who needs the grill!
Thank you for your fantastic recipes.
Oh wow! These ribs looks amazing. Mouthwatering – will definitely try this recipe.
Derek Hernandez says
Awsome ribs they truly melted off the bone was hard to broil them after 9 hours slow cook.
Back in the 1950’s my mom made the ribs in the oven. I did this also always had fall off the bone ribs. But the one she did was before putting the ribs in a large pot/pan she put them under a broiler to take off the membrane. It worked every time no pulling off the membrane & the broiling seared the back of the ribs also. Haven’t made in slow cooker but I will using Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce & the broiler to remove membrane. They look so very good just like the oven baking.
I had never made ribs before, and wanted to try something new for my husband’s birthday. I followed your instructions and the meal was a great success. Your video and tip on removing the membrane (fork and paper towel) was very helpful. The whole family enjoyed it, even our preschooler gobbled them up! It also made our home smell amazing. 🙂 Thank you for sharing! God bless and Happy New Year!
Jessica Flory says
Oh my goodness. Best ribs I’ve ever had!! They were soooo tender! I even used spare ribs and they were incredible!
I’ve got to try this delicious recipe…by the way, what is the name of the song you play during the video??
Hi Robin! My husband sources all of our music!
Derek Biollo says
This was a great recipe. I used less minced garlic, added a whole clove of garlic and half a spanish onion. While we were waiting for the ribs in the oven, we used some of the leftover BBQ sauce to dip with bread. After smelling the ribs cooking all day we gave in to temptation. Next time I’ll add some mini potatoes and more onion. The only trouble is my eyes and my stomach kept sending different messages on how much to eat!
betty boobs says
your ribs are to die for I used smokey bq sauce and I’m making them again now thankyou
The ribs were scrumptious-fall off the bone tender and deliciously sweet with a little ‘kick’ from the pepper flakes. They were a hit with the fam and will be repeating this recipe shortly.
This recipe looks amazing and I fully intend to try it. I was just wondering, do the ribs have to be baby back pork ribs? Or can I also use general beef ribs and achieve the same result?
Yes, that sounds great! I can’t wait to hear how it turns out!
10/10! My first time making ribs and they were so tender and the flavour was great. Even my fiancé who’s the cook in the house thought they were amazing
YAY! That is great and exciting all at the same time! Way to go! Thanks for choosing one of my recipes! XO
Jeanette Fox says
I have a question. How old is your slow cooker? I bought a new one a few years back and nothing cooks right in it. Everything turns out dry. Then I read online that companies have raised the temp of crockpots for food safety reasons. I don’t know if all the brands do that now but even on low my crockpot cooks too quickly. Has anyone else had this issue?
I had a crockpot that did the same. A friend told me it was the crockpot not the cook. ;). I replaced it. And sure enough everything turns out great!!!
What did you replace it with?
Sherri Goodnow says
Yes. I’ve experienced that with a newer one, but my small older one is great for longer times. I thought mine was defective. Thanks for the insight.
I am trying this recipe tonight! But if you would please clarify the oven temp and time for finishing the ribs.
Hubby approved, and he scarfed these down! Thank u for sharing your recipe! This was my first time ever making ribs, and it was so easy! Will definitely be making these again and again!
betty boobs says
im making these now I only had one rack for mum and I so I quartered the recipe used smokey bq sauce they smell to die for you just baste them under the grill hey with the oven set cant wait potato with sour cream cheese and bacon with some corn on the cob cant wait
I don’t have a Grill, so can I just finish them off in the oven @ 220C for 10mins or so
Yes, that sounds great! Enjoy!
Angela McDarren says
These ribs look absolutely amazing. Which brand of Crock Pot or Slow cooker do you use?
I will buy one and make these as soon as I know. Thanks for your recipe.
I like to use the crock pot brand but I am not opposed to any. Any slow cooker that you purchase will be great!
These ribs looks mouthwatering, and I will try making them tomorrow. Amazingly yummy!
Is it really supposed to be a Tablespoon of cayenne and not a teaspoon? I like spicy food so I did the Tbsp and the sauce seems WAY too spicy! Have any suggestions on how to cool it down besides doubling all the other sauce ingredients? Otherwise I’m sure these are going to be delicious!!
I made it today and thinking the same thing just put a teaspoon of cayenne in. Very nice and spicy. Definitely not a tablespoon for me.????
Sandra Vance says
I have not tried this recipe yet, but it sounds awesome! Only question I have is there a particular brand of BBQ sauce that you use. With the brown sugar/garlic/Worcestershire sauce… should I use a “plain bbq sauce” or would it be ok to use a “honey or brown sugar” sauce. I normally use a sauce with bourbon or brown sugar when I do my ribs.
I like most brands of BBQ or making my own. It is all in your preference. I do have some recommendations on my site and this post if needed.
Can I use lamb ribs?
Sounds delicious! Let me know how it turns out!
I’m a little confused. Shouldn’t it be less time if you put slow cooker on high … ? I really need this recipe so please respond ASAP
Hi Silvana! Yes, that is correct. I’m so sorry for the confusion. I hope you enjoy them!
Does the cooking time change when using beef ribs instead of pork?
Candee Silveria says
FIVE STARS absolutely! This was my first time cooking pork ribs. This recipe (without the cayenne-husband can’t take it), was perfect, fall off the ribs delicious. My husband and stepson raved about it. Needless to say, there were no leftovers.
Served them with my pineapple coleslaw. Thank you, Cafe Delites for this wonderfully easy recipe! They want me to fix them again and again, tomorrow and tomorrow…….
These are amazing, just eaten them ?I would probably use less sauce next time. I only have a small slow cooker and entertaining 10 next weekend could I cook them the day before 2 lots for 4 hours at a time and put them all in the oven just before serving?
Absolutely fabulous. So good, a keeper
That is great to hear! Thank you so much for following along with me!
HOLY WOW this was soooo good!!! I am not normally a fan of food you need to eat with your hands so I stay away from this kind of thing but I’m so glad I made these. The whole family loved them and the BBQ sauce is out of this world~~!!
AWESOME!! SO glad that you tried it and loved it! Thank you so much for sharing and following along with me!
Absolutely so yummy Karina! I have never cooked ribs before because they are usually so messy but this recipe certainly kept the “messy cooking” at bay. Absolutely wonderful flavor, however, I did halve the recipe and found maybe 1/2 tablespoon cayenne was a bit over-powering …. do you think 1 teaspoon or 2 teaspoons for next time?
Yes, of course! Please change the ingredients to your liking! Thanks so much for following along with me and sharing! XO
Where’s the recipe??
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Hi! These look incredible! Can I do this recipe as stated if I use frozen spareribs?
Yes, that sounds great! Let me know how it turns out!
Silvia Moreno says
I added 3/4 of a can of beer to my recipe!
Silvia Moreno says
THIS WAS SO GOOD
Jacinta Murray says
I made these ribs last night & they are the best ribs ive ever made. The heat from the cayenne pepper was perfect not too spicy just right. I will be making this again & again. Thank you.
Thank you! That is great to hear! I am so glad that you love this! Thank you for sharing and following along with me!
Excellent I made it in slow cooker
Outstanding taste and easy to make.
Sounds relish. Will try. Just to clarify please, when someone says “grill/broil”, I turn on the broiler element. Your recipe says “and grill / broil in preheated oven at 200C | 390F for about 10 minutes, or until beginning to char and crisp on the edges. ” This, to me, means no turning broiler element , only baking @ 390F. Clarify to me please. Thank you and Happy Easter.
Yes, it just depends on what type of oven or grill you are using. I like to add both settings just in case. Sorry for the confusion! Happy Easter to you too!!
I love love love this recipe. It’s simple and it tastes delicious. Thank You and I have used it multiple times.
Amazingly delicious. I didn’t have worcestershire sauce, so I used salt reduced soy sauce instead – they were so yummy. Hubby and step son even mopped up the remaining sauce with bread they didn’t want anything going to waste!
Mike Z. says
Great recipe! Tried them for the first time, using Sweet Baby Ray’ as the base for the sauce, and they were excellent. We will definitely be using the recipe again. Thank you!
Thanks Mike! I’m so happy you enjoyed this!
This recipe is awesome! My boyfriend bought some ribs yesterday and was like “I assume you know how to make them”. I had no idea. So I found your recipe and just tried and it was beyond my expectations!! These ribs are for sure comparable with the ones you get in a good restaurant. I’m, definitely going to make them again. Next time, I’m going to leave them in the oven a bit longer though.
Cheers from Germany 🙂
That is great to hear! I am so glad that you both loved it so much! Thanks so much for sharing!
Kenny T says
Didn’t have high expectations from slow cooker ribs, but these were excellent and didn’t require much work.
Jesse Johnson says
Any recommendations on a brand of bbq sauce?
if I have a restaurant bbq sauce do I have to use the ingredient that it says
Lynne Mcleod says
Could these ribs be done the day before, refrigerated then rewarmed with added sauce in the oven?
HI LYNNE. Yes that’s fine!
Have you got any ideas for beef joint in slow cockers
Excellent recipe, and so simple to make. I used less cayenne (maybe 1 1/2 tsp) as I was afraid this would be too spicy for my family. It was just perfect. Thanks for a great recipe!
Hi, I’m making these for a family get together, just wondering how spicy these are with 1tbls of cayenne, seems like a lot to me… I love spicy food but i know not everybody does.
Do you need to add any water to the slow cooker as well as the sauce? Thanks
Hi Amanda! No I didn’t add any water. You’ll find the meat provides enough liquid as it cooks 🙂
I am carribean living in Canada and love spicy food
I fell in love all over again with my slow cooker I forgot how juicier and tender slow cooking makes your
meal taste. I try this recipe before because of the added spice and it was amazing every piece of meat did fell off the bone. I did it again this time I also added with my ribs chicken legs and I was not disappointed
I used Diana original BBQ sauce and I added a tablespoon of my hot sauce for an extra kick so good
Thank you for your amazing recipe
Made these for the first time using my new slow cooker and they were delish. So easy to do. Made up the sauce, popped into slow cooker and poured over sauce. Left to cook on low for about 8 hours. Transferred to baking tray covered with parchment and smothered with left over sauce and put into oven to cook for 15 mins. Just fell off the bone and so tasty, especially as I had more left over sauce to heat up and pour over those succulent ribs ?
Should the ribs be thawed or can they be frozen?
Always thaw the ribs (or any meat for that matter) before cooking in a slow cooker.
Tried these for the first time tonight, delicious. I know this recipe will definitely be used again!
Marjorie Holste says
Another great recipe Karina. I made these last night. I used boneless pork ribs because the store was out of baby back ribs. I was surprised at that because I live in Austin,Tx and Texans love to bbq. Shouldn’t have been surprised I guess. Anyway using boneless pork ribs still worked well, and even better the day after. By the way, I am an Australian living in Texas. Think i’ll try your Barbados tacos next?