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Slow Cooker Ribs

Super tender and easy to make, these Slow Cooker Ribs will have you reaching for seconds. Let the slow cooker do all the hard work for you and and by dinner time, you'll have fall-off-the-bone flavourful ribs ready. 
Course Appetizer, dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword ribs, slow cooker recipe, slow cooker ribs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
broiling 3 minutes
Total Time 5 hours 13 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 762kcal


For the ribs

For the Rub


  • First, peel off the membrane on the back of the ribs by sliding a dull knife under the membrane and over a bone. Then, just lift and loosen the membrane until it tears. Grip the membrane and pull it off.
  • In a small glass bowl, mix together garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, black pepper, cumin and chili powder. Sprinkle seasoning and rub it front and back of the ribs.
  • In a large measuring cup, pour beef broth and liquid smoke and stir well to combine. Pour the liquid inside of the slow cooker.
  • Place the ribs in the slow cooker and top with sliced onions.
  • Cover with lid and cook on low setting for 7-8 hours or high setting for 4-5 hours.
  • When ribs are tender and falling apart, transfer onto a baking sheet, lined with parchment paper.
  • Set the oven to broil (grill). Transfer the cooked ribs onto the prepared baking sheet, then brush with barbecue sauce.
  • Place in the oven for about 2-3 minutes. Enjoy!


  • A slow cooker liner will make cleaning up much more effortless. 
  • Avoid opening the slow cooker as the ribs cook as it releases the steam and slow down the cooking process. 
  • Don't skip removing the membrane off the ribs before cooking. 
  • To store: Place the leftover slow cooker ribs in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. 
  • To reheat: You can reheat ribs in the oven or the microwave. 
  • To freeze: Once cooled, transfer the ribs to a freezer-safe bag or container and freeze for up to 3 months.


Serving: 1/2 | Calories: 762kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 59g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Sodium: 1562mg | Potassium: 280mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g