Get ribs so good from a slow cooker, you might retire your grill

Creating succulent pork ribs doesn’t get much easier than utilizing your slow cooker. This method surpasses the fuss of foil-wrapping, constant basting, or relentless grill-watching. Here, the ribs are simply submerged in a delicious marinade, slow-cooked to perfection with the flip of a switch, and ready to fall off the bone by dinnertime.

For those who appreciate a straightforward approach, this recipe’s concise list of ingredients is another win. You can opt to make your own BBQ sauce in advance—giving ketchup ample time to meld flavors—or in a pinch, use a store-bought variety and skip the final warming step. It’s a flexible recipe that promises to deliver mouthwatering results.

Slow Cooker BBQ Pork Ribs


3 pounds pork side ribs (about 2 racks)

24 ounces root beer (2 cans)

2 cups BBQ sauce, prepared

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper


Start by removing the silver skin from the back of the ribs with a spoon’s edge and your fingers for grip.

Season the ribs well with salt and pepper, then nestle them into a 6-quart slow cooker. Pour the root beer over the ribs to marry the flavors.

Cover and set to cook on low for 5 hours, or on high for a swift 3-hour cook.

Once cooked, transfer the ribs to a plate. Empty the slow cooker of the liquid.

Return the ribs to the cooker, smother them with BBQ sauce, and cook on high for one more hour to thicken the glaze.

Serving Suggestion:

For a grilled effect, brush the ribs with additional sauce and broil them for a few minutes until they’re caramelized and slightly charred.

This slow cooker recipe offers a laid-back route to irresistibly tender ribs, sure to be a hit at any meal. 

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