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Ribs in the Slow Cooker: 14 Slow Cooker Ribs Recipes

Find recipes for spare ribs, baby back ribs, country-style ribs, and more!

By: Jamie Garcia, Editor,
Updated August 21, 2017
Ribs in the Slow Cooker 14 Slow Cooker Ribs Recipes

You may not have thought of your slow cooker as a way to cook things you'd ordinarily throw on the grill, however, slow cooked ribs might just be one of our favorite items to make when summer rolls around.

Why? Because you'll achieve a fork-tender, fall-off-the-bone consistency that you can't aways get on the grill. Plus, when you cook ribs in the slow cooker, you'll free up your grill for other items, like burgers and hot dogs, making your backyard BBQ come to life in no time at all.

Slow cooker ribs have never been easier to achieve with the simple and delectable recipes we've included below. From traditional, savory recipes, to sweet, spicy and even fruity sauces, these ribs are sure to be the only thing people can talk about next time you have a get-together. So what are you waiting for? Let's get slow cookin'!

And for a staple BBQ sauce you can always turn to, check out the easy homemade recipe included below. It will give you something finger-lickin'-good to throw on all your slow cooker ribs and other BBQ recipes this summer and all year round.

Ribs in the Slow Cooker: 14 Slow Cooker Ribs Recipes

Slow Cooker Spare Ribs Recipes

Slow Cooker Spare Ribs
  • Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs on a BudgetThese tasty ribs cook all day to tender, juicy perfection, and they only take 10 minutes to prepare. You can serve up to 6 people with this recipe for just under $11.
  • Slow Cooker Spare RibsEveryone loves ribs, but not everyone loves all the work that goes into them. Now you can eliminate all that work with this amazing recipe. If you don't have a spare ribs recipe, then you definitely need to add this recipe for Slow Cooker Spare Ribs into your repertoire! 

Slow Cooker Recipes for Baby Back Ribs

Asian Sticky Slow Cooker Ribs
  • Ribs with Blueberry BBQ SauceThese slow cooker pork ribs are made unique with a slather of delicious sweet and savory blueberry bbq sauce. Be sure to cover your ribs with dry rub before putting them in the slow cooker to make sure they're extra tasty. 
  • Cajun Style Slow Cooker RibsThis recipe puts a Louisiana spin on ribs by using a Cajun spice rub. When you make these slow cooker ribs, you’ll be amazed by how fall-off-the-bone tender they are. The Cajun spice gives them a great flavor that has just the right amount of kick.
  • Root Beer Slow Cooker RibsWhether it's summertime, or you're just feeling nostalgic for warmer days, these slow cooker ribs will hit the spot. Instead of using the grill, this recipe is made easily and conveniently in the comfort of your kitchen. 
  • Asian Sticky Slow Cooker RibsThis delicious Asian Sticky Slow Cooker Ribs recipe is the perfect addition to any summer BBQ or picnic. The sauce for these ribs is out-of-this-world good. Once you try one of these slow cooked ribs, you'll be licking your fingers until your very last bite.

Slow Cooker Country-Style Ribs

Super Saucy 3-Ingredient BBQ Ribs
  • Country Style Pork RibsThis recipe for Country Style Pork Ribs is a slow cooker ribs recipe that includes a homemade barbecue sauce recipe to boot! You can make the ultimate slow cooker ribs from scratch, without much effort at all. 
  • Tomato Braised Country RibsSatisfy your craving for comfort food with this recipe for braised country pork ribs. Tomato Braised Country Ribs is a delicious, fall-off-the-bone recipe that is full of flavor and gives you a little taste of home. This recipe won't disappoint and is great for a cold winter night when you are looking for something hearty and filling to hit the spot.
  • Fork Tender Country-Style RibsTry making these Fork Tender Country-Style Ribs for a main course or appetizer recipe. These easy bbq ribs are made in the slow cooker, which makes them so tender that they will fall right off of the bone.
  • Super Saucy 3-Ingredient BBQ RibsThese saucy slow cooker ribs are a great summer recipe that will make the perfect bring-along dish for any BBQ or potluck. This easy slow cooker ribs recipe only uses three simple ingredients and your slow cooker does the rest. Easy peasy!

More Pork Ribs Recipes

Eight-Hour Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs
  • Eight-Hour Slow Cooker BBQ RibsPick the sauce of your choice to slather on to these tender, slow cooker BBQ ribs. This simple ribs recipe incorporates tasty ingredients for the perfect rub. Brown sugar and garlic give the rub a sweet quality, while paprika and cayenne pepper make it bold and savory.
  • Four Ingredient BBQ RibsBesides having few ingredients, this recipe for Four Ingredient BBQ Ribs is so easy because it cooks all day. This slow cooker ribs recipe will make you rethink the way you cook BBQ dishes from here on out. 
  • OMG BBQ RibsWhether you're having people over for a backyard barbecue or simply want a meal that your family is sure to love, this recipe for OMG BBQ Ribs is just what you need. These slow cooker pork ribs are sticky, flavorful and delicious. 

Slow Cooker Recipes for Beef Ribs

Blueberry Chipotle Barbeque Ribs
  • Blueberry Chipotle Barbeque RibsYou wouldn't think that blueberries and ribs could taste amazing together, but this ribs recipe will open your eyes to the wonders of this flavor combination. Mostly, you'll be blown away at how little you have to do to get this delicious meal on your table. Just throw and go—it's that easy!

BONUS! Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe

Homemade Slow Cooker Barbecue Sauce
  • Homemade Slow Cooker Barbecue Sauce"I'm just going to go on and say it. If you're not putting this on everything you eat, you are just not living! Seriously. My Homemade Slow Cooker Barbecue Sauce is that good!"
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