Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs

Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs

Prep Time

10 mins

Cook Time

3 hrs

Total Time

3 hrs 10 mins

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!

Course: Dinner

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Slow Cooker Ribs

Servings: 6 people

Calories: 624 kcal

Author: Karina


  • 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


  1. Spray inside of a 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray.

  2. Remove inner skin (membrane) from ribs and place ribs in slow cooker. Discard skin.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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).

  6. 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.

  7. Serve ribs with remaining sauce.

Recipe Notes

Cook times depend 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 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).