Juicy, succulent and perfect for any time of year. These Crock Pot Ribs are totally irresistible and couldn’t be easier if you tried. They only require two ingredients—pork ribs and your favorite barbecue sauce—added directly to your slow cooker to create a meal that tastes like it took hours to prepare (but didn’t!).

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We’ve been having a crazy busy summer running around from our house, to camp, to activities all over the city, and more. Between work and kids, by the time I get home at the end of the day, the last thing I’ve got energy to do is make dinner, especially when it’s so hot outside.

Thank goodness for the slow cooker (also known as a crock pot)! It really is a secret weapon in the kitchen. Literally, all I had to do for this recipe was sprinkle a touch of salt and coat the racks of ribs with my favorite barbecue sauce at 8 am, and by 5 pm, the whole family was nibbling away on the most tender, meat-falling-off-the-bone barbecue baby back ribs you’ve ever tasted. The best part is, no matter how hot it is this summer, you won’t even break a sweat making these!

The Ingredients

  • Baby Back Ribs: Also known as country style pork ribs, baby back ribs are the perfect choice for grilling, barbecuing and slow cooking. They get tender, juicy and basically fall off the bone!
  • Favorite BBQ Sauce: No matter which BBQ sauce you prefer, you can’t go wrong. Any of your favorite store bought sauces will work, or you could make your own homemade BBQ sauce.

How to Make Ribs in the Crock Pot

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Step 1: Depending on the size of your slow cooker, you may need to cut the baby back ribs to fit. If so, Use kitchen sheers to cut them into smaller portions.


Step 2: Salt both sides of the ribs and add to the slow cooker. Pour BBQ sauce over the ribs and coat the ribs WELL with the sauce.


Step 3: Cover the slow cooker and cook on low heat for 8-10 hours.


Step 4: Baste with additional BBQ sauce if desired and serve.


Can I use frozen ribs in the crockpot?

For the best results, thaw the ribs before cooking them in the crockpot for even cooking. If you need to use frozen ribs in a pitch, you’ll need to extend the cooking time.

Should I remove the membrane from the ribs before cooking?

Yes, remove the thin membrane on the back of the ribs before adding them to the crock pot. This helps the meat become more tender and allows the flavors to penetrate better.

Do I need to brown the ribs before putting them in the crockpot?

No, browning the ribs is not necessary. Unless you want an extra step, you don’t need to brown them before adding the the crock pot.


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Making fall off the bone baby back ribs is much easier than it seems. With just a couple ingredients and a crock pot you’ll have this delicious dinner on the table with very little effort. If you make these ribs and love them, leave a rating and comment below!

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Crock Pot Ribs

Juicy, succulent and perfect for any time of year. These Crock Pot Ribs are totally irresistible and couldn't be easier if you tried.
3 from 2 votes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes



  • 3-4 pounds country style pork ribs aka baby back ribs, with membrane on back removed (about 2 racks)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup BBQ Sauce plus additional for serving (my favorite is Smokin Willie’s)


  • Place ribs in a crock pot and sprinkle both sides with salt. You may need to cut them into smaller portions depending on the size of your slow cooker.
  • Pour BBQ sauce over the ribs and coat the ribs WELL with the sauce.
  • Cover the slow cooker and cook on low heat for 8-10 hours.
  • Baste with BBQ sauce if desired and serve.



Calories: 885kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 65g | Fat: 56g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 23g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 235mg | Sodium: 1614mg | Potassium: 1006mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 235IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 129mg | Iron: 3mg
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About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. This is our go-to rib recipe and we end up making these at least once a month. So tasty, and couldn’t be easier. I will never slave over ribs for hours again – everyone from my parents to my 18 month old love these ribs..

  2. Made these last night. Fell off the bone. Used a rub and BBQ sauce i use when grilling ribs, and the sauce lost something. It lacked the punch it usually has. Needed extra sauce to put on the ribs afterwards. Will make again

  3. this is the only way we make ribs now! We just dry season the ribs, let them cook on low for hours, and then about 2 hours before we want to eat, I add the sauce, making sure to get some on all the meat. They literally just fall off the bone they get so tender.

  4. I agree. I’ve made this recipe several times and if I go anywhere near 8 hours, the sauce burns. I think the age of your slow cooker makes a tremendous difference. The low setting on newer ones is actually similar to the high setting on the old ones (for food safety purposes). I’ve cooked large quantities of the same recipe in two different slow cookers (one old and one new) and had the newer one finish cooking several hours before the old one.

  5. Great, simple recipe! I think 6 hours on low is long enough, the BBQ sauce started to burn after that time.

  6. No it will not burn, it is cooking on low. Place the ribs bone side down and they will come out nice and juicy – the juice will come out of the ribs so use that to baste the ribs after 😉

  7. Just came across your website and I´m loving it 😀
    I have one question regarding this recipe… all the liquid you put is just ONE cup of bbq sauce and let it cook for 8 hrs?
    Wouldn´t it burn?
    I´m sorry, I´m not good cooking with the slow cooker and had that happened to me once 🙁
    Could you clarify that for me please?

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