Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs Recipe

Barbecue Beef Ribs Recipe

Last week, my sister’s friend brought 12 dozen ears of sweet corn back from South Dakota! He dropped it all off at my mom and dad’s house and my mom decided to host an impromptu corn roast. The main food was the fresh sweet corn, of course but everyone brought other foods to go along with it. My mom told me about the corn roast in the morning, so I put some boneless ribs in my Crock Pot and they were ready by the time I left for her house. These slow cooker barbecue ribs are very easy to make and the result is fork tender, delicious BBQ ribs!

Crock Pot Ribs

First, rub Cajun seasoning over the boneless, country style ribs. I typically buy the country style PORK ribs, but when I got home, I noticed that the ribs I bought were BEEF! What I found out is that they both taste great when cooked in the crock pot, so go with whichever you prefer. Also, I prefer the country style ribs because they are boneless and so easy to eat!

Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs

Add enough barbeque sauce to cover the ribs. I used a 28 oz bottle of Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce for 2 1/4 lbs of ribs. Stir to coat the ribs in sauce. Cook for 4-5 on high or 6-8 on low, depending on your slow cooker. I cooked mine for 6 hours on high, but I have a “vintage” Crock Pot.

Barbecue Ribs Recipe

I checked my ribs after 3 hours and they weren’t tender yet. I started to get worried, but just let them continue cooking and violathey were perfect!

BBQ Ribs Recipe

My slow cooker barbecue ribs were fork-tender and full of flavor! We had a wonderful time at the corn roast and we really enjoyed all of the great food.

Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs Recipe
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  • 2¼ lbs boneless, country style ribs (I used beef ribs)
  • Cajun seasoning
  • 28 oz barbecue sauce (I used Sweet Baby Ray's)
  1. Rub Cajun seasoning over the boneless, country style ribs.
  2. Add enough barbeque sauce to cover the ribs. I used a 28 oz bottle of Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce for 2¼ lbs of ribs.
  3. Stir to coat the ribs in sauce.
  4. Cook for 4-5 on high or 6-8 on low, depending on your slow cooker. I cooked mine for 6 hours on high, but I have a “vintage” Crock Pot.

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  1. Lenore DeLitizia says

    I always make my own BBQ sauce simply because the bottled ones are so high in sodium and have way too much HFCS.

  2. Carol says

    I appreciate the tip for thickening the sauce. There are some bbq sauces without sugar or HFCS, which we all should be interested in getting out of our diet. Or make your own!

  3. Lorilei73 says

    I tried these and the flavor is great, but I have a problem. Maybe I’m doing something wrong? No matter what I do every time I try a Crockpot recipe my sauces are always flavored colored water. Any suggestions on how I can keep my sauces thickened?

    • Hannah says

      I used to have a similar problem, but what I did to fix it was to cook for about 30 minutes UNCOVERED on high at the end of the recipe. That will allow most of the excess liquid to evaporate as steam, and then your sauce will be at the perfect thickness.

      • says

        Put paper towel under your lid to catch condensation. this will eliminate extra liquid in the pot.
        Works for me, always use it.

    • Shelle Royle says

      I have heard if you put two to three layers of paper towels over the crockpot then put the lid on it helps to keep the moisture out of the sauce.

      • April Buchwald says

        Reply to Shelle Royle: Putting paper towels over the crockpot and food, with the lid on top … is a very bad idea!! The paper towels will get soft and end up in the food. The reason some recipes end up with excess liquid, is that the juices from the meat have added to the liquid or BBQ sauce, during the long, slow cooking process, making the sauce thinner. In addition the heat will thin out any bottled BBQ sauce. If you use very fatty meat there will be more liquid. You can thicken it with corn starch or flour like you would any gravy. Better yet is to cut off excess fat from your meat and buy leaner cuts. Example. Pork ribs will produce more juice than Beef ribs just because pork is a fattier meat than beef.

  4. Gina Withrow says

    I cant wait to gobble these suckers down… I am making them as I type this for the Browns Steelers game,, Going to be yummy!!!

  5. Doug says

    Gary-Don’t worry about the HFCS. You’ll drive yourself nuts trying to avoid all the stuff in foods. By next week they’ll probably say HFCS is good for you. Moderation my friend.

  6. Gary Allen says

    Have you looked at the ingredients on Sweet Baby Ray’s sauce? It is nothing but a bottled of flavored High Fructose Corn-syrup ;-(

    • April Buchwald says

      OH Gary, I know, I know. High Fructose Corn-Syrup is so very bad for us and I, like many, do read the ingredients and avoid this like the plague. However .. there is no better BBQ sauce than Sweet Baby Ray’s and since I don’t eat BBQ very often, I do succumb to this treat on occasion. Like chocolate,… eat in moderation and without guilt.

  7. Genevieve says

    We tried these last night and they were so yummy! The cajun seasoning added a subtle zip that you just don’t get with BBQ sauce alone. Thanks for sharing! I pinned that crockpot pecan pumpkin bread pudding that for when it gets cold again.

  8. Tanya says

    Made these today when I ended up with an extra package of country-style beef ribs. I used the Sweet Baby Ray’s Cola-Q sauce and had them with mashed potatoes. DELICIOUS and so easy 🙂 Fair warning, the Cola-Q sauce isn’t for everyone, but I’ll try them with other sauces and see how they do now that I know they come out great. Thanks!

  9. Lynette says

    I made these ribs last night, and they were fantastic! So very tender. You have a wonderful site! Now I’m scouring it for more delicious recipes. Thank you!

  10. claire says

    I chop a large Vidalia onion and place it on the bottom of the crock pot. then add bbq sauce and ribs. cook on high for 5 hours or low for 6 1/2 hours. simply delicious

  11. Gary W Allen says

    Sweet Baby Rays, KC Matasterpiece and most other popular Bar-B-Que sauces are made with High Fructose Corn Syrup which is just poisin in a bottle. Either make your own or buy brands without HFCS.

  12. Wendy Hampton says

    Absolutely the best ribs I have ever had. I loved the BBQ sauce! it was just right and the meat was so tender! So glad to have this easy to make recipe for group gatherings!

  13. says

    My husband requested ribs just this week. I have a great oven recipe, but I don’t want to leave the oven on all day when I am not home to cook them slowly to be tender. I have been looking for a crock pot recipe. This sounds perfect. The pictures made me hungry. I can’t wait to try it! We love Sweet Baby Rays too!

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