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Easy Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs Recipe

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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.
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:8 hrs
Total Time:8 hrs 10 mins




  • Slow Cooker
  • Shallow Baking Dish
  • Oven


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


  • 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.
  • Add the sliced onion and water to the slow cooker.
  • 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)
  • After cooking in the slow cooker, coat ribs with barbecue sauce and drizzle with honey. 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.
  • Remove from oven and add more barbecue sauce if you like and serve.


The honey is optional and can be mixed into the barbecue sauce as an additional sweetener. It helps to carmelize the coating during that final step in the oven. If your barbecue sauce is sweet enough or you're trying to cut down on sugar, you can omit it entirely.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 556kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 1434mg | Potassium: 665mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 348IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baby back ribs, barbeque ribs, slow cook, slow cook ribs
Servings: 4
Calories: 556kcal