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Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

Indulge in these tender, slow cooker baby back ribs that are bursting with flavor. This recipe is easy, convenient and absolutely irresistible.

Slow Cooker Ribs Recipe

I love using my slow cooker because it is such an easy way to make meals. I just have to dump in my ingredients, turn it on, and walk away.

Every home cook can benefit from one and honestly it makes the best ribs. It is a lifesaver on busy weeknights, when the kids all need to be at different activities, but you don’t want to be relying on fast food.

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Today’s rib recipe is a definite winner. These slow cooker baby back ribs are delicious and so tender that you can cut them with a butter knife.

Serve these flavorful ribs with your favorite sides, like potato salad, coleslaw or cornbread. Your family will want to put them on regular rotation.

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs Recipe

Be sure to check out these Crockpot Freezer Meals and Meal Planning Recipes for more tips and ideas.

slow cooker ribs ingredients

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs:

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 7-8 hours on low or 4-5 hours on high
Servings: 2-3

Ingredients:

  • 1 rack of baby back ribs, membrane removed
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp paprika powder
  • ½ tsp cumin
slow cooker ribs ingredients

Directions:

  1. Combine the onion powder, paprika powder, and cumin, and rub the ribs with dry rub.

2. Mince the garlic and add the soy sauce and honey. Mix until well combined. Brush over the ribs. Save some of the marinade.

baby back ribs covered in marinade

3. Cut the ribs in half and place them in the slow cooker. Cook for 7-8 hours on low or 4-5 hours on high.

baby back ribs in crock pot

4. Brush the rack of ribs every hour with the remaining marinade.

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs Recipe

Recipe substitutions:

  • Use spare ribs or short ribs instead of baby back.
  • Add a bit of chili powder or cayenne pepper to the dry rub if you like for a little kick.
  • Garlic powder can be used instead of garlic cloves.
  • Substitute the marinade with your favorite BBQ sauce. You could also try my favorite homemade barbecue sauce recipe – it’s easy to make and delicious!
  • Try this easy recipe for homemade dry rub.
  • Other dry rub recipe ingredients that could be used include brown sugar, black pepper, garlic salt, and ground mustard.
Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs Recipe

Tips and Tricks:

  • Slow cooking is a great go-to method when it comes to cooking ribs. The low heat and longer cook time helps break down the connective tissue in the meat, leaving you with tender, juicy ribs that fall off the bone.
  • Line the bottom of your slow cooker with parchment paper or foil to make cleanup a breeze.
  • Once the ribs are fully cooked, finish them off in the oven. Line a sheet pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Lay the racks of ribs out on the baking sheet and brush with more marinade or BBQ sauce. Bake them at 350 for 30 mins. You could also do this on the grill.
  • When cooking meat, always check the internal temperature to ensure it is fully cooked. The best and easiest way to do this is with a meat thermometer, inserted into the thickest part of the meat.
  • Store any leftover ribs in an airtight container in the fridge.
Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs Recipe

If you are interested in more easy slow cooker recipes, check out this coconut curry chicken recipe, soy honey garlic chicken, or this easy crockpot beef dip. For meal prep ideas, this list of crockpot freezer meals and these meal planning recipes and tips are great resources.

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

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Slow Cooker Ribs Recipe

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 rack of baby back ribs, membrane removed
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp paprika powder
  • ½ tsp cumin

Instructions

  1. Combine the onion powder, paprika powder, and cumin, and rub the ribs with dry rub.
  2. Mince the garlic and add the soy sauce and honey. Mix until well combined. Brush over the ribs. Save some of the marinade.
  3. Cut the ribs in half and place them in the slow cooker. Cook for 7-8 hours on low or 4-5 hours on high.
  4. Brush the rack of ribs every hour with the remaining marinade.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 683Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 132mgSodium: 3916mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 3gSugar: 43gProtein: 42g

All values are approximate and based on ingredients used by the recipe writer. Always calculate your own individual nutritional values for the most accurate calculation.

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I'm an active mom of twin boys who is always looking for opportunities to inspire creativity through fun crafts, do-it-yourself projects and delicious recipes. This blog has been an integral part of supporting my little family and I am so grateful to have you become a part of our journey! Let's create together... Read more...

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