Slow Cooker Barbequed Beef Ribs Recipe

Enjoy tender, fall-off-the-bone barbequed beef ribs with this easy slow cooker recipe. Perfect for a hassle-free, delicious meal that requires minimal preparation and effort.


  • 4 lbs beef back ribs or short ribs
  • 1 cup barbeque sauce (store-bought or homemade)
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt


  1. Prepare the Ribs:
    • Trim any excess fat from the ribs.
    • Season the ribs with salt, pepper, smoked paprika, and chili powder. Rub the spices into the meat.
  2. Prepare the Sauce:
    • In a bowl, mix together the barbeque sauce, beef broth, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, chopped onion, minced garlic, and Worcestershire sauce.
  3. Slow Cook the Ribs:
    • Place the seasoned ribs into the slow cooker.
    • Pour the barbeque sauce mixture over the ribs, ensuring they are well coated.
    • Cover the slow cooker with the lid.
  4. Cook:
    • Cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-5 hours, until the ribs are tender and the meat is falling off the bone.
  5. Finish (Optional):
    • For a caramelized finish, preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
    • Carefully remove the ribs from the slow cooker and place them on a baking sheet.
    • Brush with additional barbeque sauce if desired.
    • Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbly and slightly caramelized.
  6. Serve:
    • Serve the ribs hot with your favorite side dishes such as coleslaw, cornbread, or baked beans.

Enjoy your flavorful and tender slow-cooked barbequed beef ribs!

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