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Simple Slow Cooker Ribs

This Easy Simple Slow Cooker Ribs or crock pot country style ribs recipe is coated with the best dry rub and are total pork side and back rib perfection!

Equipment

  • large slow cooker
  • rimmed baking sheet

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds pork ribs, back membrane removed
  • 1-2 cups barbecue sauce store bought or homemade - approximately

Rib Rub

  • 1 tblsp smoked paprika
  • cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tblsp garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons smoked sea salt or kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper, black or cayenne or crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  • If you are preparing your ribs the night before grab a medium sized bowl and combine the paprika, brown sugar, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Stir. Set aside.
  • Now to get your ribs ready. First you have to peel off the tough membrane that covers the bony side of the ribs. I start at one end of the rack and I scrape on one of the bones at or near the end. As the skin lifts I shove my finger underneath. As the skin lifts up more you pull it towards the other end of the rack. Almost like pulling off a band aid, very, very slowly. Throw the membrane away. I find it easier to cut my rib racks in half to cook them. It is up to you.
  • Trim any visible fat from your ribs. Rinse and pat dry.
  • Rub the spices evenly all over both sides of the ribs. We use our hands to do this. It might like seem like a lot of seasoning, but you should use all of it.
  • Place each rack or half rack on a piece of tin foil or parchment paper, wrap each rack up, put into a plastic bag and inside the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
  • When ready to cook, spray your slow cooker with cooking spray and place your ribs inside, around the edges first.
  • Next pour the barbecue sauce all over them. Use tongs to adjust the ribs to totally coat them in sauce.
  • Cover and cook for 4-5 hours on high or 8-9 on low.
  • If you are able, move the ribs around once or twice throughout the day but if not, that is fine too.
  • Prepare a rimmed baking sheet with tinfoil and set aside.
  • Turn your oven up to broil.
  • Using tongs, remove the ribs from the slow cooker and place gently on to your prepared baking sheet.
  • Brush generously with reserved barbecue sauce.
  • Broil under your broiler until you begin to see lots of tiny bubbles all over the surface of your ribs. You can baste again with more sauce and let it bubble again to caramelize the sauce some more if desired. We generally do.
  • Serve these ribs hot.
  • Serve and enjoy!
  • Get out and measure all of your ingredients.
  • Rinse the ribs to make sure there are no bone shards. Pat them dry with a paper towel.
  • If desired, remove the back membrane off the ribs by using a pairing knife to gently slide under the membrane and pry it up.
  • As the skin lifts I shove my finger underneath. Use a paper towel to grab a hold of the membrane and pull it off. As the skin lifts up more you pull it towards the other end of the rack. Almost like pulling off a band aid, very, very slowly.
  • Throw the membrane away. I find it easier to cut my rib racks in half to cook them. It is up to you. Trim any visible fat from your ribs. Rinse and pat dry.
  • Once membrane removed, cut the ribs in half.
  • Place the brown sugar, paprika, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder in a small bowl
  • Mix to combine.
  • Rub the spices evenly all over both sides of the ribs. We use our hands to do this.
  • It might like seem like a lot of seasoning, but you should use all of it.
  • Spray the slow cooker insert with cooking spray.
  • Place the ribs in the slow cooker, around the edges first if possible.
  • Slow cook for 4-5 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low.
  • Exact cooking time will vary depending on your slow cooker and the thickness of your ribs. We remove the ribs once we notice that the meat has shrunk back on each rib bone, about a half an inch.
  • Place the broiler setting on high. Carefully remove the ribs from the slow cooker, they will be extremely tender.
  • Place the ribs on a rimmed baking sheet covered in tinfoil.
  • Brush the bbq sauce all over the ribs, use your desired amount. Broil more than one coat of sauce if desired.
  • Carefully broil the ribs until lightly charred and caramelized and lots of little bubbles form.
  • Serve immediately.
  • Enjoy every bite!

Notes


Use your favorite store-bought bbq sauce or you can use homemade! I suggest not keeping them under the broiler for too long because they may dry out.
Extremely flavorful from the rub with that addictive sticky sweetness the broiling adds to the ribs.