Slow-Cooker Barbecue Ribs Recipe

Tender, fall-off-the-bone ribs infused with the rich flavors of barbecue sauce, all made effortlessly in your slow cooker. This recipe guarantees juicy, flavorful ribs with minimal effort, perfect for any occasion.


  • 2 racks of pork ribs
  • 1 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper for some heat
  • Chopped fresh parsley or green onions for garnish (optional)


  1. Begin by preparing your ribs. If your ribs still have the membrane on the back, remove it by sliding a knife under the membrane and then pulling it off. This step helps the ribs become more tender and allows the flavors to penetrate better.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper if using.
  3. Rub the spice mixture generously over both sides of the ribs, ensuring they are evenly coated. This step is crucial for building flavor, so don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty.
  4. Pour half of the barbecue sauce into the bottom of your slow cooker. Place the seasoned ribs in the slow cooker, standing them up against the walls of the cooker with the meaty side facing outward.
  5. Pour the remaining barbecue sauce over the ribs, ensuring they are well coated.
  6. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours. Cooking times may vary depending on your slow cooker and the thickness of your ribs, but they should be tender and easily pull apart when done.
  7. Once the ribs are cooked through and tender, carefully remove them from the slow cooker and place them on a serving platter.
  8. If desired, garnish the ribs with chopped fresh parsley or green onions for a pop of color and freshness.
  9. Serve the ribs hot with your favorite sides, such as coleslaw, baked beans, or cornbread, and enjoy the deliciousness of perfectly cooked barbecue ribs without all the hassle.

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