Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs

The most amazing, fall-off-the-bone barbecue ribs, made in your slow cooker! These ribs couldn’t be easier to make, and the end result will knock your socks off!

Prep Time 10 mins

Cook Time 6 hrs 30 mins

Total Time 6 hrs 40 mins 

Servings: 5


  • 3-4 pounds pork ribs (*see note below)
  • 32 ounces barbecue sauce (*see note)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 
  2. Season the ribs generously on both sides with salt and pepper. Rub garlic powder, onion powder and brown sugar onto both sides of the ribs. 
  3. Line a large baking sheet with tinfoil or parchment paper. Bake the ribs on prepared pan for 15 minutes. 
  4. Flip the ribs to the other side and bake for another 15 minutes.
  5. Layer ribs in your slow cooker. 
  6. Smother them in barbecue sauce, reserving some sauce for serving later. 
  7. Cover and cook on HIGH for 3- 3.5 hours, or LOW for 6 – 7 hours. Serve warm with extra barbecue sauce.

Recipe Notes

*I prefer baby back ribs, but spare, or country-style ribs will also work!

*You can use homemade BBQ sauce, or store-bought. Sweet Baby Rays and Masterpiece brand are my favorites.