Make mouthwatering BBQ ribs in your crock pot using Sweet Baby Ray’s sauce! These slow cooker ribs are incredibly easy to prepare, allowing your crock pot to do all the work. You’ll achieve tender, flavorful ribs that will make everyone think you slaved away in the kitchen all day. Pair them with a delightful side dish like my famous creamed corn, and your dinner is complete.
Easy BBQ Ribs in Crock Pot
When it comes to ribs, my husband is the expert. He spends an entire day smoking them, following a meticulous five-step process, requiring him to stay home. Everyone who has tasted his ribs absolutely loves them. However, there are times when I crave ribs but don’t want to invest the effort in smoking them. That’s when I decided to recreate his recipe in my crock pot, and I was thrilled with the results. These crock pot ribs turned out tender and packed with the same delicious flavor, all with just a fraction of the work. What’s more, my husband even approved of them!
The Magic of Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce
No BBQ ribs are complete without Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce! This sauce truly reigns supreme. With its wide range of flavors, I typically stick to the classic Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce for this recipe. However, feel free to experiment with any variant you prefer.
These ribs were perfect for a football party I hosted for a few friends. I could leave them to cook all day while I attended my son’s flag football game. When we returned home, everything was ready to go, and we simply couldn’t resist digging in.
Though there’s still a final step of finishing the ribs for 5-10 minutes on the grill or in the oven, this only takes a few minutes compared to the hours my husband spends at the smoker.
Great Sides to Serve with Crock Pot Ribs
There are endless delicious side options to accompany your ribs! You can prepare delectable baked beans, tangy coleslaw, or even opt for some scrumptious potato dishes like french fries or cheesy party potatoes.
Choose the Right Meat for Fall Off the Bone Crock Pot Ribs
When making ribs, I prefer using pork baby back ribs. They offer the perfect tenderness and flavor. Spare ribs can also be used, but they tend to be less tender and have more bones and cartilage that require picking out.
How to Make Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs
Follow these simple steps to create your mouthwatering slow cooker barbecue ribs:
Step 1: Prepare the Ribs
Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs and cut them into smaller sections, with 2-3 ribs per section.
Step 2: Apply the Dry Rub
Generously apply the dry rub mixture onto the ribs, ensuring it is pressed into the meat. Repeat this process for each section.
Step 3: Place the Ribs in the Crock Pot
Arrange the ribs in the crock pot and drizzle honey over them.
Step 4: Add Flavorful Ingredients
Sprinkle onions and garlic over the ribs.
Step 5: Enhance the Juicy Goodness
Pour apple juice and chicken broth over the ribs.
Step 6: Slow Cook to Perfection
Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
Step 7: Final Touches
Remove the ribs from the crock pot and transfer them to a baking sheet. Brush BBQ sauce onto the ribs and broil for 5 minutes.
Gluten-free individuals can rejoice, as all of my recipes are gluten-free! This particular recipe is gluten-free, but make sure to use a gluten-free BBQ sauce, such as the one available here.
Need a Reliable Crock Pot?
I highly recommend the Crock Pot 7-quart Programmable Slow Cooker. It offers the convenience of setting a timer, ensuring your food finishes cooking even when you’re away, switching to the warm setting automatically. Additionally, its lockable lid allows for easy transportation to potluck parties, making sure you never lose your favorite Tupperware or serving dish again.
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