How to Cook Baby Back Ribs – in the slow cooker!

Baby back ribs in the slowcooker

Try this baby back ribs recipe which requires very little work on your part. They are delicious and so easy to prepare.

Sorry if the plate is a bit messy in the picture, it was my husband’s!

Broiling them or using the grill at the end makes them restaurant-style sticky.

I have tried a few times to cook ribs at home but they were never right, tough and not good.

The method of boiling them for a long time didn’t work for me, plus takes more time than I want to spend in the kitchen!

And I wanted to be able to eat them all year round, not just in the summer.

I had to try using the crockpot, my favorite kitchen appliance.

After watching a few TV food shows, I discovered that often a dry rub was used, so I decided to experiment a bit and this is the result.

I couldn’t believe how tender the ribs were, just falling off the bones.

I serve them with sauteed potatoes like in the picture and I also make a coleslaw to go with them.

Let me know how yours came out.

baby back ribs in the crockpot

Baby Back Ribs in the Crockpot

So easy, no mess and delicious
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs


  • 2-3 racks baby back ribs cut down to fit in your crockpot
  • store-bought steak or ribs dry rub or see my version below
  • 1 bottle BBQ sauce


  • Apply the dry rub to both sides of the ribs. Experts say to remove the skin on the back and I’ve seen on TV others keep it on because they say it keeps the flavors in…so I leave it on, but with the tip of a knife pierce this membrane in quite a few places to let the rub go in.
  • Cover the ribs with BBQ sauce. You will add more near the end of cooking time.
  • Set your crock pot on high and cook for 4 hours.
  • Then line a cookie sheet with non-stick foil or parchemin paper and place the ribs (meat side up) on it, add more BBQ sauce on them and broil for 15 minutes or use the grill instead if in summer.½


My homemade baby back rib dry rub

Mix together all these:
l cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup paprika, 2 tbsp salt, 1 tbs black pepper, 1 tbs cayenne pepper, 1 tbs garlic powder, 1 tbs onion powder.
Store in airtight container in cool place.


  1. Ribs are one of Rodney’s favorite foods but I am not a super cook!! The ribs look amazing!! It would be fun to make them for him as a surprise.

    1. Thanks Julie, that’s why I like the easy recipes and my slow cooker, it does the cooking and not me LOL – yes it would be a nice surprise for him.

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