Crock Pot Ribs

These Crock Pot Ribs are juicy, succulent, and so easy to make. Just add pork ribs and your favorite barbecue sauce to your slow cooker for fall-off-the-bone deliciousness every time! Looking for more slow cooker recipes for meats? Try my Chicken in a Crock Pot, Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork and Crock Pot Meaty Pasta…

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These Crock Pot Ribs are juicy, succulent, and so easy to make. Just add pork ribs and your favorite barbecue sauce to your slow cooker for fall-off-the-bone deliciousness every time!

Looking for more slow cooker recipes for meats? Try my Chicken in a Crock Pot, Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork and Crock Pot Meaty Pasta Sauce!

BBQ ribs on a serving platter.

Why I Love This Recipe

  • Easy and Convenient: If you’ve never made ribs in the crock pot, you’ll be shocked at how easy it is! Simply add your ingredients to your slow cooker, set it, and forget it. Slow cooker recipes are perfect for busy days when you want to put in very little effort for dinner but still have delicious results.
  • Fall-Off-The-Bone Tenderness: These crock pot ribs are so tender they practically fall off the bone! You’ll be making ribs this way every time once you get a taste of these.
  • Customizable Flavor: Whether you prefer a spicy kick or a sweeter glaze, you can adjust the seasonings and type of BBQ sauce to create ribs that are uniquely yours and suited to your taste preferences.

The Ingredients

Crock pot ribs ingredients.
  • Baby Back Ribs: Baby back ribs are the perfect choice for grilling, barbecuing and, in this case, slow cooking. They get tender, juicy and fall off the bone! You could also use country-style pork ribs for equally delicious results.
  • Favorite BBQ Sauce: No matter which BBQ sauce you prefer (a little spice, sweet, or vinegary) 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

Cutting baby back ribs into smaller portions.

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

Ribs in crock pot with BBQ sauce before cooking.

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.

Ribs in crock pot after cooking.

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

Crock pot ribs on a plate with side salad and corn on the cob.

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

Storage/Freezing Instructions

To Store: : Place the ribs in an airtight container or wrap them tightly in aluminum foil. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

To Freeze: For longer storage, wrap the ribs in plastic wrap and then in aluminum foil, or place them in a freezer-safe airtight container. Label and freeze for up to 2-3 months.

Reheating: To reheat, preheat your oven to 250°F (you want to reheat ribs low and slow). Place the ribs on a baking sheet, cover with foil, and heat for about 20 minutes or until warmed through.

What to Serve with Fall of the Bone Ribs

Complement your delicious baby back ribs with any of these perfect side dishes!

FAQs

Can I use frozen ribs in the crock pot?

For the best results, thaw the ribs before cooking them in the crock pot 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 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 ribs before putting them in the crock pot?

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.

Crock pot ribs with BBQ sauce on a serving platter.

More Crock Pot Recipes

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.
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 590kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 3-4 pounds (about 2 racks) baby back ribs or country style pork ribs, with membrane on back removed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup BBQ Sauce, plus additional for serving

Instructions

  • 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 additional BBQ sauce if desired and serve.

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Notes

To Store: : Place the ribs in an airtight container or wrap them tightly in aluminum foil. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
To Freeze: For longer storage, wrap the ribs in plastic wrap and then in aluminum foil, or place them in a freezer-safe airtight container. Label and freeze for up to 2-3 months.
Reheating: To reheat, preheat your oven to 250°F (you want to reheat low and slow) Place the ribs on a baking sheet, cover with foil, and heat for about 20 minutes or until warmed through.

Nutrition

Calories: 590kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 156mg | Sodium: 1076mg | Potassium: 671mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 157IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 2mg

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Baked Beans

A pan of saucy homemade Baked Beans with bacon, ready to serve.Ditch the can and make this homemade Baked Beans recipe! It’s smokey, sweet, and absolutely incredible! They feed a crowd and everyone will be impressed you made them from scratch! They only take 15 minutes to prep and can even be made in advance. Do you have a hard time deciding what side dishes to…

A pan of saucy homemade Baked Beans with bacon, ready to serve.

Ditch the can and make this homemade Baked Beans recipe! It’s smokey, sweet, and absolutely incredible! They feed a crowd and everyone will be impressed you made them from scratch! They only take 15 minutes to prep and can even be made in advance.

Do you have a hard time deciding what side dishes to take to a BBQ? Try the Baked Potato Salad, Macaroni Salad, Corn Salad, or Buttermilk Cornbread!

A pan of saucy homemade Baked Beans with bacon, ready to serve.

Baked Beans from Bland to Bam

If you’ve never thought of Baked Beans as a BBQ side dish that can steal the show, you’re not making them right! This is our favorite classic recipe that can easily be tailored to your taste buds; sweet, smoky, tangy or spicy. No BBQ menu is complete without them, and I promise no canned version comes close to the flavor of homemade baked beans.

How to make Baked Beans:

Cook Bacon over medium heat, stirring often until crisp. Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate. Sauté veggies: Drain some of the bacon grease then sauté onion in same pot for 4 minutes. Add bell pepper and garlic then cook for 2 more minutes.

Two images showing pieces of cooked bacon on a paper towel, and onions and bell peppers being sautéed in pan to make the best baked beans recipe.

Add remaining ingredients and bacon and stir to combine. Taste and add additional salt and pepper, if needed.

Bake: Pour beans into a 9×13 baking pan, cover with foil and bake for 1 to 2 hours, depending how thick you like them. Uncover pan and bake for 10 additional minutes. Remove from oven and rest for eat least 15 minutes before serving.

Two images showing how to make baked beans by combining everything in a pot, then baking it in a pan.

Make Ahead and Freezing Instructions:

To Make Ahead: Follow instructions until the baking step. Cover and refrigerate for 3-4 days. Allow beans to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before baking as instructed.

To Freeze: Keep beans in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to 3 months. Thaw completely in the refrigerator before baking.

Recipe Variations:

  • Saucy vs Thick: For saucy beans, cook for recommended 1 hour. Bake for 30 minutes to an hour longer for a thicker consistency.
  • Sweetness: These beans are on the sweeter side, so feel free to cut the brown sugar down to ⅓ cup, if desired.
  • Instant Pot Baked Beans
  • Slow Cooker Baked Beans: Cook bacon and sauté veggies according to instructions. Add to slow cooker with remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Cook on LOW for 4-6 hours or high for 2-3 hours.

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Baked Beans

This is the BEST classic recipe for homemade Baked Beans that will be the star of your next BBQ. They only take 15 minutes to prep and can be made ahead of time.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Cool 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 256kcal
Cost 10

Ingredients

  • 10 slices bacon , chopped
  • 1 yellow onion , medium, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper , finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 15 oz can kidney beans , drained
  • 15 oz can navy beans , drained
  • 15 oz can pinto beans , drained
  • 15 oz can baked beans Undrained
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar , packed
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Hot sauce , or more, to taste
  • ½ teaspoon liquid smoke , optional for smoky flavor
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper , or more, to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Cook Bacon: Add bacon to a large pot. Turn heat to medium and cook, stirring often until crisp. Remove to a paper-towel lined plate. Remove only some of the excess grease.
  • Sauté veggies: Add onion to pan and sauté for 4 minutes. Add bell pepper and garlic and cook for 2 more minutes. Add remaining ingredients and bacon and to stir to combine. Taste and add additional salt and pepper, if needed.
  • Bake: Pour mixture into a 9×13 baking pan and bake, covered with foil, for 1 to 2 hours, depending on desired thickness. Uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes. Allow to cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.

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Notes

Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 1 week.
Make Ahead Instructions: Follow instructions until the baking step. Cover and refrigerate for 3-4 days. Allow beans to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes then bake as instructed.
Freezing Instructions: Freeze for up to 3 months in a freezer safe container. Thaw completely in the refrigerator before baking.
Variations:
    • Saucy vs Thick: For saucy beans, cook for recommended 1 hour. Bake for 30 minutes to an hour longer for a thicker consistency.
    • Sweetness: These beans are on the sweeter side, so feel free to cut the brown sugar down to ⅓ cup, if desired.
    • Slow Cooker Baked Beans: Cook bacon then sauté onion in a skillet on the stove. Add all ingredients to slow cooker and stir to combine. Cook on LOW for 4-6 hours or high for 2-3 hours.

Nutrition

Calories: 256kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 518mg | Potassium: 751mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 464IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 4mg

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I originally shared this recipe May 2022. Updated May 2024.

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