Easy Slow Cooker Ribs

I have summer on the brain, more specifically summer recipes. One of the Mr.’s go to favorite meals is BBQ ribs. However, you don’t have to wait for summertime grilling to make my easy slow cooker ribs recipe. They can also be a cozy food in the middle of winter too.

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ribs on a wood cutting board with barbecue sauce and scallions

I shared how I prepare these ribs on my Instagram the other day and you all wanted the “recipe” saved somewhere. I say recipe in quotations because it’s hardly even a recipe, if you buy a BBQ seasoning blend. I like to use the Trader Joe’s version.

You could also use any kind of BBQ seasoning blend you find in the store. I make my own sometimes too. It’s the same rub I use on my spicy pork tenderloin recipe which is always a hit. I’ve included that spice rub recipe below.

picture of pork ribs with bbq sauce and scallions

If you go the easy route with store bought seasoning then this easy slow cooker rib “recipe” has just 4 ingredients. Pork ribs, seasoning, apple cider, and your favorite barbecue sauce.

I topped mine with some sliced scallions for color, but that’s entirely optional!

Let them sit on low in your crockpot all day and pop them under the broiler for a few minutes when they are done. It could not be an easier weeknight meal. I like to pair my easy slow cooker ribs with roasted potatoes in the air fryer and a big green salad. My Italian Farro Salad would be delicious with it as well.

hand holding bbq pork rib with a  rack of ribs

You could finish these on the grill in the summertime, but usually they are falling apart so it can be difficult to transfer them to the grill. I tried to pick one up for these photos but the meat slid right off the bone.

hand holding pork ribs sitting on wood cutting board with barbecue sauce

My favorite kind of ribs are tender and falling apart, but with a bit of crispiness on top from the broiler. So good!

picture of pork ribs with bbq sauce and scallions

Easy Crockpot BBQ Ribs

Barbecue pork ribs slow cooked in a crockpot.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Course dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 731 kcal


  • slow cooker


  • 1 rack pork ribs
  • 1-2 tbsp BBQ spice seasoning I like to use Trader Joe's
  • 2 cups apple cider You could also use chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup barbecue sauce I like Stubbs


  • Remove the membrane from the back of the pork ribs
  • Coat liberally with BBQ spice seasoning.
  • Place in slow cooker with apple cider.
  • Let cook for 7-8 hours on low.
  • Carefully remove ribs (they will be falling apart) and place on a sheet pan.
  • Brush with barbecue sauce and broil on high til brown and bubbly. 3-5 minutes.

Homemade Spice Rub

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
    1/2 tsp garlic powder
    1/2 tsp curry powder
    1/2 tsp chili powder
    1/2 tsp onion powder
    1 tsp paprika
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp black pepper
    1/8 – 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
    Mix together and store in airtight container.


Serving: 1gCalories: 731kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 36gFat: 54gSaturated Fat: 17gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gMonounsaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 182mgSodium: 467mgPotassium: 764mgFiber: 1gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 648IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 58mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Easy Crockpot BBQ Ribs
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bbq pork ribs on a wood cutting board topped with scallions

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