Crockpot Baby Back BBQ Ribs

Crockpot Baby Back BBQ Ribs

Crockpot RibsOne of Fred’s all-time favorite meals is Houston’s Baby Back BBQ Ribs and their coleslaw. I have tried and tried to find a copycat recipe that is close to Houston’s ribs and this Crockpot Baby Back BBQ Ribs recipe is one that is close enough to perfect and oh, so easy!

Ladies, if you want to impress your husband or boyfriend, this will certainly do the trick! A lot of us don’t like getting in to the manly meats, such as pork ribs, but it’s really not something to be intimidated by. This recipe is SO easy and cooking ribs has helped put me in the running for Wife of the Year! And boy, do I need all the help a girl can get!!! I know you can do this, too and your man will love you for it!

Just head to the grocer, grab a rack of baby back ribs or two, season them and then throw them into the crockpot with a bottle of your favorite bbq sauce. It truly is that simple! I promise. You can see exactly how to do it in this video and even get the pressure cooker recipe for the Instant Pot or the new Express Crock. It is Crock-Pot brand’s version of the IP, which is a pressure cooker and slow cooker all in one. I absolutely love the versatility it gives and use it ALL the time!Crockpot Baby Back BBQ Ribs

Crockpot BBQ Ribs


  • 1 rack baby back ribs
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • One bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce Williamson Brothers, Sweet Baby Ray's, Stubbs and Rendevous are a few of our favorites


  1. Cut the ribs into three to four ribs per section.
  2. Mix all of the seasonings together to create a dry rub.
  3. Rub over the ribs.
  4. Generously season the meaty side of the ribs and rub in.
  5. Place the ribs vertically (up and down) into the crockpot and place them up against one another like dominos.
  6. Make sure the bone side, and not the meaty side are leaning against the sides of the crockpot and the meat is facing each other (standing them keeps them from cooking in their own juices and falling off the bone into the bottom of the crockpot).
  7. Cook on low for 6 hours or high 4 hours. Do not cook longer, as they will overcook.
  8. Baste ribs with BBQ sauce.
  9. You can serve now or for a crispy outside crust, you can finish them off in the oven.
  10. Preheat oven Broil.
  11. Remove ribs from the crockpot and place on baking sheet.
  12. Place under broiler for about 4-5 minutes.

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  • Reply
    February 12, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Hi Kim! I’m trying tis recipe tonight:) looks delicious!

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    Vickie Goodwin
    March 21, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    I have never cooked this receipe in this new crock pot before. Went to the library to find easy recipes they wanted 25cents a page there were almost a 100 pages. I am nervous about using the crockpot

    • Reply
      Crockpot Empire
      March 21, 2018 at 6:38 pm

      You don’t need to spend your hard earned money making copies of that Vickie, because it’s all right here!!!! I’m so glad you trust me enough to reach out! I promise it’s SO easy and they will turn out delicious! Let me know if you have any questions at all by emailing me at I will respond quick! 🙂

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    Jim Snowden
    February 24, 2019 at 4:34 am

    Kim thanks for this recipe and sorry to bother you but does any liquid of any kind go in to the crock pot??? Are you supposed to add barbecue sauce to ingredients or just for basting after this have been cooked thanks a bunch.

    • Reply
      Crockpot Empire
      March 15, 2019 at 6:20 pm

      Hey there, Jim! Thanks for stopping by! If you are using a crockpot, all you need to do is add in the ribs and cover/baste with BBQ sauce! You always have to add liquid to the pressure cooker for it to come up to pressure, but not for the crockpot on slow cooker mode. I use one cup of apple juice for this recipe if using pressure cooker mode! Don’t need to add BBQ sauce in the pressure cooker until after cooking and about to go in the oven! Hope that clarifies…enjoy!!!

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