Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

These ribs are incredibly tender! They are so easy to make! Just place the ribs and sauce in a slow cooker, give them some time, and enjoy!

Photo by Carlo Fuentelsaz on

Baby back ribs are the parts ribs that are connected to the backbone beneath the loin muscles. They are named “baby” because they are shorter than spare ribs. They are leaner and more tender than spare ribs, which means they will typically be more expensive.

Ribs are a favorite at family barbecues. My father loves to make ribs while my uncles and cousins love to eat them. When I went off to university I liked to make ribs for dinner parties. I experimented with many different BBQ sauces until I found one I liked using for ribs. When I shared my recipe with my father he said that he used the same brand of BBQ sauce for his secret rib recipe! It was a nice bonding moment between us. I hope that you like my version of slow cooker ribs!

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs Recipe

Yields 4 servings

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 4 to 8 hours

Specialty Tool: Slow Cooker

Beer Pairing Suggestion: Brown Ale


2 pounds pork loin or back bone-in ribs

Extra BBQ sauce for dipping


1 cup BBQ sauce

3 tablespoons brown sugar

3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon dried oregano

Salt and Pepper to taste


Place ribs into the slow cooker. Make sure they are cut to fit into the pot.

Combine all the sauce ingredients in a bowl until well mixed.

Spread the sauce mixture evenly onto the ribs.

Cover and turn the slow cooker on. Cook for 8 hours on the low setting or for 4 hours on the high setting.

Ribs may be so tender they fall off the bone.

Serve hot with BBQ sauce.

This dish goes great with green beans, coleslaw, corn, mashed potatoes, or french fries.

Substitution: This recipe also works with beef ribs.


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