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Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs

Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs

  • Author: Audrey
  • Total Time: 3 HOURS 10 MINUTES
  • Yield: 6 PEOPLE 1x


Indulge, in the flavorful experience of our Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs. Each rib showcases the mastery of cooking as the meat becomes incredibly tender and easily separates from the bone. It’s all enhanced by a barbecue glaze that strikes a balance between tangy and sweet. With ingredients like sugar, minced garlic and just a touch of cayenne these ribs offer a combination of sweetness, depth and gentle spiciness. Whether you’re enjoying an intimate family dinner or hosting a gathering this dish is an American favorite that is sure to bring joy to everyone, at the table.



2 c (500ml) barbecue sauce

2 tbsp brown sugar

3 tbsp minced garlic

2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tbsp cayenne pepper (optional for a hint of spice)

2 kg (4 lb) baby back pork ribs

Salt, to taste


Start by spraying cooking spray in a 6-quart slow cooker to prevent sticking.

Next, discard the membrane, from the ribs before placing them in the slow cooker.

In a bowl combine barbecue sauce, brown sugar, garlic, Worcestershire sauce and cayenne (if desired). Pour half of this mixture over the ribs to ensure they’re well coated. Keep the half aside for later.

Season the ribs with salt, cover them and cook on low for 7 to 9 hours or on high for 3 to 5 hours.

Once the ribs are tender transfer them to a tray lined with parchment paper.

Mix half of the juices from the cooker with the reserved sauce. Use this mixture to baste the ribs.

Place the ribs under an oven broiler set at 400°F (220°C) for 10 minutes or until they develop a slightly charred appearance.

Serve your cooked ribs with the remaining sauce, on the side. Enjoy!


To make sure this dish is completely gluten-free choose a barbecue sauce that is certified as gluten-free. Nowadays you can find sauces, in grocery stores. Also, make sure to check the label of your Worcestershire sauce because some brands might contain gluten. By making these substitutions you can enjoy the ribs and delicious sauce without any concerns, about gluten.

  • Prep Time: 10 MINUTES
  • Cook Time: 3 HOURS