Crockpot Barbecue Ribs are a fantastic way to enjoy tender, fall-off-the-bone ribs without the hassle of grilling. This recipe involves slow-cooking the ribs in a flavorful barbecue sauce, resulting in a dish that’s both deliciously sticky and effortlessly impressive.
2 cups of your favorite barbecue sauce
2 tbsp brown sugar
3 cloves garlic, freshly minced
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp cayenne pepper (optional, for heat)
4 to 5 pounds baby back ribs
Step 1: In a bowl, mix together the barbecue sauce, brown sugar, minced garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and cayenne pepper (if using). Stir until all ingredients are well combined.
Step 2: Prepare the ribs by removing the membrane from the back of the ribs (this step is optional but recommended for more tender ribs).
Step 3: Cut the ribs into smaller sections so they fit into your crockpot.
Step 4: Place a layer of ribs in the bottom of the crockpot. Pour some of the barbecue sauce mixture over the ribs. Add another layer of ribs and continue to alternate ribs and sauce until all ribs are in the crockpot and covered with sauce.
Step 5: Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or on high for 3-4 hours, until the ribs are tender and cooked through.
Step 6: Once the ribs are cooked, you have the option to crisp them up under the broiler. Place the cooked ribs on a baking sheet, brush with some additional barbecue sauce, and broil for a few minutes until slightly charred and caramelized.
Serve the Crockpot Barbecue Ribs with extra barbecue sauce on the side. They pair well with classic sides like coleslaw, corn on the cob, baked beans, or potato salad.
- For a smokier flavor, you can add a dash of liquid smoke to the barbecue sauce mixture.
- Be careful not to overcook the ribs as they can become too tender and fall apart.
- If you prefer a spicier version, increase the amount of cayenne pepper or add some hot sauce to the barbecue sauce mixture.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 6-7 hours on low or 3-4 hours on high
Total Time: 6 hours 15 minutes to 7 hours 15 minutes (or 3 hours 15 minutes to 4 hours 15 minutes)
- Calories: Approximately 400-500 per serving, depending on the cut of ribs and sauce used.
- Protein: Approximately 20-25 grams per serving.
- Sodium: Varies based on the barbecue sauce used.
Conclusion: Crockpot Barbecue Ribs are a delightful and easy way to prepare ribs, especially when you don’t have access to a grill or prefer a more hands-off method. The slow cooker does most of the work, infusing the ribs with flavors and ensuring they’re beautifully tender. This dish is perfect for a relaxed weekend meal, game day, or whenever you crave the comfort of barbecue.