Slow Cooker Recipe | BBQ Ribs

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A week or two ago I saw this really tempting blog post for slow cooked short ribs from Lori at My Wooden Spoon. Go take a peek, I’ll wait ……..

Looking good aren’t they? I thought so and decided I must make some or at least something similar.

Growing up the only way I ever ate ribs was a slab of baby backs in my mom’s pressure cooker. They came out fall off the bone tender with the BBQ sauce broiled on top. Ugh, how I wish I had a slow cooker (and actually knew how to use it). So I went with a cooking method I could manage and that meant tossing the ribs in the slow cooker.

slow cooker barbecue ribs


Beautiful! And they tasted even better than they look. One slab of pork ribs spent 12 hours in the slow cooker just hanging out in my favorite BBQ sauce and a liquid I just thew together to keep them moist overnight.

slow cooker bbq ribs


Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs Recipe
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Type: main dish
Serves: 2
  • 1 slab pork ribs
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Lawry's seasoned salt
  • ¼ cup lemon juice, fresh squeezed
  • ¾ bottle of Maull's Sweet-N-Mild BBQ Sauce + ¼ bottle for broiling
  1. In a bowl, mix together the vinegar, mustard, salt and lemon juice.
  2. Pour the sauce over the ribs in the slow cooker.
  3. Pour the bottle of BBQ sauce over the ribs, cover and cook on low for 12 hours.
  4. Place the ribs on a baking sheet and use the remaining BBQ sauce to brush on the top of them and broil on low for less than 5 minutes. Just until the sauce bubbles.


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    • says

      I’ve never had them grilled (aside from restaurants) and always thought they were too tough. I think I got spoiled on the tenderness of pressure cooking them.

    • says

      I’m so glad you like it. I think I’d just cry a river if my slow cooker died on me. I’m tempted to buy a backup just in case Calphalon ever decides to discontinue them.

  1. Margot C says

    Cat yike! I started these about 3 hours ago (on low!) and they are already fall-off the bone disintegrating. I can’t imagine how they would be after 12 hours. Are you sure that is right?