Effortless Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs: Fall-Off-The-Bone Deliciousness

Last updated on June 29, 2024

Get ready for mouthwatering, fall-off-the-bone BBQ ribs made effortlessly in your slow cooker!

Imagine mouth-watering BBQ ribs so tender they practically fall off the bone, and the best part? You didn’t even break a sweat. Welcome to the ultimate easy slow cooker BBQ ribs recipe! No pit master secrets, just pure, unadulterated deliciousness with all the deets laid out. Get ready to turn your kitchen into the best BBQ joint in town. Dive in, and let’s get these ribs rockin’!

Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs

easy slow cooker bbq ribs

Ready for finger-licking goodness? These fall-off-the-bone BBQ ribs are the ultimate comfort food and will make your taste buds dance. Set it, forget it, and return to the irresistible aroma of perfectly cooked ribs!

  • Cooking Method: Slow Cooker
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Cuisine Type: American


  • 2 racks of pork baby back ribs
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

Cooking Instructions

  1. Remove the thin membrane from the back of the ribs. It’s like peeling off a sticker—satisfying and fun.
  2. In a small bowl, mix paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper. Rub this magical dust all over the ribs.
  3. Cut the ribs into sections that fit snugly in your slow cooker. Think cozy family gathering!
  4. Place ribs in the slow cooker. Pour apple cider vinegar around them. We don’t drown them, just a little bath.
  5. Drizzle ribs with half the BBQ sauce. Save the other half for later—patience is a virtue.
  6. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours. Try not to lift the lid every 10 minutes. It’s slow-cooking, not peek-a-boo.
  7. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil (minimal cleanup, yay!).
  8. Carefully transfer ribs from the slow cooker to the prepared baking sheet (careful, they’re fragile!).
  9. Brush remaining BBQ sauce over the ribs. Be generous, it’s the final flourish.
  10. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until the sauce caramelizes a bit and ribs are sticky.
  11. Serve hot, with extra napkins. Trust me, you’ll need them!


  • No apple cider vinegar? Use beer or cola. Both work wonders and make you look adventurous.
  • Try honey instead of brown sugar for a floral, sweet twist.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley and a squeeze of lime for a fresh zing.
  • Serve with creamy coleslaw or loaded baked potatoes for a rib-tastic meal!
  • Any leftover meat? Make BBQ pork tacos tomorrow. Your future self will thank you.

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