Crock Pot BBQ Ribs

Published on Nov 28, 2010
Updated on Oct 29, 2018

Crock Pot BBQ Ribs // One of the most popular recipes on Tried and Tasty, these Crock Pot BBQ Ribs will not disappoint! Your crock pot does all of the work, and you get to enjoy a great BBQ at the end of the day. Pair with your favorite potato salad, baked beans, salad and fresh bread! | Tried and TastyMy family loves ribs. I mean really loves ribs. My little brother is the grill master of the family followed closely by my dad, sister, and mother. I haven’t had too much hand to hand combat myself other than the occasional hot dog or hamburger. I’ve been wanting some ribs, but Steve and I don’t have a grill and I wasn’t sure if they’d be as good if we didn’t grill them. Then I decided to try them in the crock pot. Bingo! If you don’t have a grill, use the crock pot – they turned out awesome, and we’ve already made them a couple of times!

Crock Pot BBQ Ribs

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Crock Pot BBQ Ribs
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 8 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 239 kcal
Author: Yvonne
One of the most popular recipes on Tried and Tasty, these Crock Pot BBQ Ribs will not disappoint! Your crock pot does all of the work, and you get to enjoy a great BBQ at the end of the day. Pair with your favorite potato salad, baked beans, salad and fresh bread!


  • 1 rack of ribs
  • 1-2 tbsp. mustard I used prepared, you could also used dry - just start with half and taste test
  • 1/2 tbsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. garlic salt
  • 1 tbsp. seasoned salt
  • 1-1 1/2 c. your favorite BBQ sauce


  1. Season ribs with mustard, salt, garlic salt, and seasoned salt.  

  2. Cook ribs in crock pot on high 4-6 hours.

  3. Add BBQ sauce cook an additional 1-2 hours.

Nutrition Facts
Crock Pot BBQ Ribs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 239 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 37mg12%
Sodium 2293mg100%
Potassium 211mg6%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 110IU2%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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37 comments about “Crock Pot BBQ Ribs

    1. Yvonne

      You can use anywhere from 1 1/2 – 3 lbs. (which is generally how much a rack is). Enjoy – this recipe is fantastic!!!

  1. Connielyn

    Hi, I just tried these and they are awesome! It only took 4 hours to get them really fall-off-the-bone tender so I added the BBQ sauce and cooked for only 30 min more.. Yummy!

  2. Connielyn

    Hello, I just wanted to clarify… You just put the seasoned ribs right into the crock pot as is with no liquids like water?

    1. Yvonne

      So sorry I didn’t get back to you soon enough! As you figured out already, you were correct – just put the seasoned ribs directly in to the crock pot!

  3. Gina

    are there any suggestions for the type of rack of ribs? i have never made them at all.
    the smaller ones or the large? pork or beef? it looks sooo good!

    1. Yvonne

      I’m not sure the different types. I just use whatever is within my budget typically. Ribs are so tasty! Most often I will use beef, but both are delicious. Let me know if you give them a try!

    2. jim

      I’ve been doing the crock pot ribs for years and have found the “type” of rib made no difference. I rub mustard on them and season them with my home made rub (like I’m going to smoke them) then put them in the cooker. I pour about a cup or so of homemade BBQ sauce then cook then for 4 hrs on high then 2 to 3 hrs on low. I also throw in a few slices of home cure and smoke bacon for the flavor.

  4. Kaye

    I tried this the first time for our Super Bowl meal. I scored big time with the family!!! My husband LOVED the fall-off the bone meat. We used Jack Daniels, Original Recipe 7 Barbecue Sauce. Next time, my husband wants me to double the recipe (we have an extra-large crock pot). Thanks Yvonne for a delicious and easy recipe.

  5. Judy

    Do you need to add water to the crock pot when you first put the ribs in to keep them from drying out. I have not did a meal in a crock pot at all so this is my first time. I was always told to put in water then the item and let it simmer so it does not dry out. Is that true?

    1. Yvonne

      I did not add any water to my crock pot to simmer the ribs in. They created their own juices as they cooked. They weren’t dry at all, they were moist and tender and just plain delicious! Hope that helps :)

    2. Sandy

      I have made ribs in the crock pot for years and have never added any water. When I make mine I season them pour the sauce on and cook for 8hrs on low. They fall off the bone and are so good. Plus if you don’t have a grill this is great cause you don’t have to turn the oven on.

      1. Yvonne

        There’s nothing better than ribs that just fall right off the bone! The crock pot is a perfect way to achieve that – I too love that you don’t have to turn the oven one :)

  6. Emily

    This was absolutely delicious. :) I used kosher salt and table salt since I didn’t have seasoned salt. Also substituted garlic powder for the garlic salt and instead of putting the bbq sauce towards the end I just mixed all the ingredients together, coated the ribs in the sauce, dumped everything in the crock pot and cooked it for 6 hours. My husband raved about it and I have to say it’s a keeper. :)

    1. Joey Edwards

      I am About to put in a crack of ribs for dinner…on >high< for 4 hours, then turn it down to low for a couple more. Thanks for mentioning that you mix everything together, initially, and that it works just as well. That is an awesome tip!

  7. Lindsey Pearce

    So I am making these today (Valentines dinner didn’t happen here) anyways, my house smells sooooo good. They have been in the crock pot since about 10:30 and my house smells divine. Also – stupid me – I WAS going to use the crock pot liners and totally forgot. I even had them in my drawer. But I can’t wait to try these yummy ribs.

    1. Lindsey Pearce

      They fell off the bone with about 2 hours left of cooking time. (my crock pot cooks really fast – now I know I just need to do 6 hours total, not 8) Anyways – they were fabulous. SOOOOOO YUMMY!

    1. Yvonne

      I’ve used yellow mustard and also dijon – both worked great. The flavor isn’t dominating, it just helps give a little boost to the bbq sauce!

  8. Jenny Smith

    I love this idea!

    I am making my grocery list for next week and this is going down for Sunday dinner. But question did you find your crockpot was really tricky to clean out after you made this, or was it just like any other meal in the crockpot. A little soap and water soak time, sorry lame question probably. I am just curious…..

    1. Yvonne

      Oh man, Jenny – this will become a staple, it’s so good and super easy. You know what, I absolutely hate cleaning out my crock pot – so if you notice, I actually use a bag. The bag is made by Reynolds, they are Slow Cooker Liners and they are pretty much amazing! The tag line on the box says “For fast, easy cleanup with no soaking or scrubbing!” You can find them in the aisle with sandwhich baggies and aluminum foil and stuff! I use them almost always now!

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