Easy Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs Recipe


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  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 8:00 h
  • Ready In : 8:10 h
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easy slow cooker ribs recipe

Oh there’s nothing like the delicious BBQ baby back ribs, cooked to perfection, with amazing BBQ sauce as it falls off the bone with every bite. Yeah that’s what it’s all about!

Did you know you can make amazing baby back ribs right in your slow cooker at home?

No need to run out and pay high prices at a restaurant. With just a few quick and easy steps, you can make your own delicious, fall of the bone, BBQ baby back ribs.

The size of you slow cooker will determine how many pieces you need to cut the ribs into. For larger slow cookers you can cut a traditional sized slab of ribs into 2.

For smaller slow cookers you may need to divide them up more. Either way it’s no matter. You’ll stack them up in the slow cooker and let the process do all it’s magic.

You will want to select your favorite BBQ sauce for this recipe. The sauce I’m loving right now is

Webber Brand Original. The flavor is the absolute best BBQ sauce I’ve ever had and it contains no corn syrup.

Of course, you can use whichever brand you like but I highly recommend the Webber.

This recipe will cook in the slow cooker first, then finish off for about 15 minutes in the oven. This final steps really gives the ribs that perfect touch and carmelizes the sauce to stick to the ribs. So don’t skip it!


  • 1 slab of baby back ribs - cut into pieces as necessary to fit in slow cooker
  • 1 sliced onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 spoons of honey


Step 1

Cut ribs in to pieces depending on the size of your slow cooker. For larger slow cookers, you can usually go with 2 half-slabs.

Step 2

Add the sliced onion and water to the slow cooker.

Step 3

Rub salt, pepper and paprika into ribs and place in slow cooker. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours. (I like 8 hours on low the best)

Step 4

After cooking in the slow cooker, coat ribs with barbecue sauce and bake in oven at 375 for about 10-15 minutes. This really sets in the barbecue sauce and caramelizes it slightly for an absolutely awesome flavor.

Step 5

Remove from oven and add more barbecue sauce if you like and serve.


Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

Comments (20)

  1. posted by Stephanie Larosiliere on January 18, 2016

    By far the BEST RIBS RECIPE EVER!!!!! My boyfriend and I just finished eating them and they were so scrumptious!! Meat fell right off the bone and putting the BBQ sauce on the ribs and putting them in the oven after they cooked in the crockpot truly made the difference!! Thank YOU for allowing me to never look up another crockpot BBQ recipe EVER!!!

    • posted by Martha banicky on December 29, 2016

      Best rib recipe I have found in years and easy and I have true many recipes thank you who every put this recipe on Pinterest

  2. posted by Keech on January 18, 2017

    I do the exact same thing, except I dont add water, and they still fall off the bone!

  3. posted by Paul martin on February 13, 2017

    I just made these ribs and they fall right off the bone and melt in your mouth. I used honey and brown sugar barbecue sauce could have used a little more brown sugar. They were awesome non the less

  4. posted by Bea Prince on February 27, 2017

    I don’t usually leave feedback but I just had to say these were the best ribs I ever made, Only thing I did different was used apple juice instead of water and added garlic, and whatever you do you have to put them in the oven to caramelize next time I’ll add more onions I used them on top of ribs when browning they were so good. TY

  5. posted by Sandra Wilson on March 31, 2017

    Where does the honey fit in?

    • posted by cindy on March 15, 2018

      I would like to know that myself. I assume you mix it in with the BBQ sauce.

  6. posted by Ileen on April 15, 2017

    Sure it must be the best Rib recipe I’ve ever had. I will cook it for Easter, tomorrow, 16th April 2017. I am so excited and sure my family will enjoy every bite. Thank you so so much. God bless you.

    From India

  7. posted by Amanda on May 8, 2017

    Okay so when do you use the honey?

  8. posted by Carol George on May 9, 2017

    I made these today and honestly was not sure making them in the crockpot how they would come out, but with that said, they were really good, and my college age daughter who is really fussy especially about ribs, really liked them as well

  9. posted by Linda on May 22, 2017

    I’m confused about the honey too. I’m getting ready to make these right now. Do you not put any BBQ sauce on them while cooking in the crock pot? Thanks!

  10. posted by Linda on May 22, 2017

    When do you add the honey & BBQ sauce?

  11. posted by Brenda on May 23, 2017

    Plan in making this today. Not sure which step the honey is used but I decided I am going to mix it with the BBQ sauce in steps 4 and 5

  12. posted by June on May 30, 2017

    Yummy love these ribs. Even my picky boyfriend
    likes them. Making them today for the whole family.

  13. posted by April on June 5, 2017

    This is the second time I’ve made them and I put the honey in with the water. I don’t coat with the BBQ sauce until putting into the oven. This really is the BEST recipe I’ve come across.

  14. posted by Geri on June 7, 2017

    Easy, and were so good. Will make again you 4th of July. Thanks

  15. posted by Peggy on June 16, 2017

    Not sure where the honey goes either. I put it on the ribs in the crock pot. I used Whiskey Honey, we will see, just started cooking them.

    • posted by Janet on July 21, 2017

      I was wondering the same thing about the honey so I’m just putting in with the BBQ sauce for steps 4&5. I’m sure they will be delicious!!

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  17. posted by Cindy on July 9, 2018

    This is an extremely delicious recipe. We love it! I omitted the honey. I’ve prepared this recipe several times. Truly a favorite of ours.


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