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Slow cooker BBQ Ribs recipe

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In our home, we are partial to a takeaway or two! This has led to quite a large amount of money spent in recent years and we are working to cut this down now. I’ve been testing out lots of takeaway style recipes in my slow cooker recently and this slow cooker BBQ ribs recipe has become a new family favourite!

These ribs are tender, and will melt in the mouth. They take VERY little effort and can be in the slow cooker within a few minutes.

Scroll down near the end if you’ve like to skip straight to the recipe card!

slow cooker BBQ ribs

Ingredients for slow cooker BBQ ribs

500g ribs (I used pork but you can use an alternative if you prefer)

200ml BBQ sauce (I make my own!)

1 tsp of brown sugar

1/2 tsp of garlic puree

Splash of Worcestershire sauce

1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper

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Method for slow cooker BBQ ribs

If you’re using a full rack of ribs you want to start by removing the membrane if it has one. This is the white skin on the back of the ribs.

It is usually best removed with a blunt cooking instrument, like a fork, and you should be able to pull it back almost like a piece of paper, although with slightly more effort!

Mix all of your ingredients together. Keep back about 1/3 of the liquid.

slow cooker BBQ ribs sauce

Spread over all of the ribs ensuring even coverage the best you can.

Place into your slow cooker.

slow cooker BBQ ribs in the slow cooker

Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours. The longer you cook them the more tender they will be!

Optional: Pour over the last 1/3 of the liquid at the end of cooking and grill for a couple of minutes.

Slow cooker BBQ ribs before grilling

Alternatively, use the sauce as a dipping sauce by warming it through before serving.

slow cooker BBQ ribs

Products I use when making my slow cooker BBQ ribs:

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What to serve with these slow cooker BBQ ribs?

Ribs are SO good served with air fryer chips! If you’re looking to go a little fancier then bacon mac and cheese pasta bake is a real winner.

I’ve also served this with no yeast 3 ingredient flatbreads, cornbread, coleslaw, corn on the cob, air fryer frozen sweet potato fries and even air fryer jacket potatoes.

Ribs are a real messy meal, and go great with a stack of lovely carbs to soak up all of those delicious juices. The remaining barbecue sauce is delicious poured over a stack of fries or even some air fryer mashed potatoes.

Can you make this recipe with beef ribs instead?

Yes, absolutely! This recipe works perfectly with beef ribs also, and you won’t need to change any of the methods or ingredients.

Want to use a dry rub for your ribs instead?

I love to mix together equal parts of salt, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, black pepper and paprika. This makes a lovely smoky style rub that is perfect for massaging into your ribs and can be re-applied shortly before serving (just retain 1/4 of the dry rub in a bowl and sprinkle this over just before grilling).

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Like this slow cooker BBQ ribs recipe? Why not try some of my other delicious recipes? Here are some great ones:

Slow cooker chicken casserole

Moroccan lamb burgers

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Slow cooker chorizo loaded potatoes

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Slow cooker vegetarian lasagne recipe

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Jacket potatoes in the slow cooker – so simple!

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Why not try one of these fantastic slow cooker accessories:

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How to cook easy slow cooker BBQ ribs:

slow cooker BBQ ribs

BBQ ribs that are tender and succulent with delicious sauce

Course Main Course
Cuisine Barbecue
Keyword ribs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Calories 550 kcal

Ingredients

  • 500 g ribs I used pork
  • 200 ml BBQ sauce
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp garlic puree
  • Splash Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. Remove the membrane from your ribs if you’re using a full rack of ribs.

  2. Combine all of your ingredients apart from the ribs.

  3. Keep back about 1/3 of the liquid.

  4. Spread over all of the ribs ensuring even coverage the best you can.
  5. Place into your slow cooker.
  6. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours. The longer you cook them the more tender they will be!
  7. Optional: Pour over the last 1/3 of the liquid at the end of cooking and grill for a couple of minutes. 

    Alternatively, use the sauce as a dipping sauce by warming it through before serving. 

Note: All calorie information is for demonstration purposes only and is based on the specific uncooked ingredients that I used when creating the recipe.

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