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Slow Cooker Pork Ribs

Author: Louisa Clements
4.56 from 9 votes
Easy slow cooker pork ribs with a homemade smoky barbecue sauce are made in the Crockpot and then finished off under the broiler for the ultimate ribs recipe.
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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 10 minutes
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Servings: 4


  • 1 rack of pork ribs, side or back are fine
  • ¼ cup water

Dry rub:

  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp paprika

BBQ sauce:

  • cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp reserved dry rub
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire
  • ½ tsp liquid smoke


  • Remove the membrane from the ribs and trim off any excess fat. Mix spices together for dry rub, remove 1 tsp and reserve for BBQ sauce. Rub remaining spice rub all over both sides of ribs.
  • Add ¼ cup of water to slow cooker, then add ribs. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8. (I prefer to cook on high for 4 hours).
  • In a small pot heat all ingredients for BBQ sauce over medium heat. Bring to a boil and cook for 3-5 mins, stirring frequently so it doesn't burn. Remove from heat
  • Carefully remove ribs from slow cooker, discard excess fat + liquid. Brush with BBQ sauce. Place on a foil lined baking sheet and broil for 2-4 minutes (check frequently as it can burn quickly depending how hot your broiler is).
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