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sliced ribs on foil

How to Cook Ribs in the Crockpot

This Crockpot Ribs recipe yields the most tender and tasty ribs ever! Cook them until tender in the crockpot and then finish them off on the grill or broiler with lots of BBQ sauce!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American, BBQ
Keyword crockpot bbq ribs, crockpot ribs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Servings 6 servings
Calories 524kcal


  • Crockpot


  • 2 racks pork baby back ribs or st. louis style
  • 1/4 cup dry rub McCormick Mesquite Seasoning recommended
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1 cup BBQ Sauce Stubb's Smokey Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce recommended


  • Prep the ribs: remove silver skin and rub generously with dry rub of your choice.
  • Stand two racks of ribs upright in the crockpot, cutting in half if necessary to fit vertically. Pour in apple juice to the bottom. Cover and cook 4 hours or low or 2 1/2 hours on high or until meat is tender but not falling off the bone. Every crockpot is different, so you’ll have to double check your ribs for doneness.
  • Remove from crockpot, brush with BBQ sauce liberally on both sides and broil or grill. Cut into portions and serve.


LOWER CARB OPTION: To make this recipe have even less carbs, consider using chicken broth in place of the apple juice and a sugar free BBQ sauce to finish.


Calories: 524kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 130mg | Sodium: 656mg | Potassium: 618mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 225IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 3mg