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Slow-Cooker Ribs

These simple-to-prepare ribs call for everyday ingredients. So I never complain when my family asks me to make them. Everyone enjoys their down-home goodness.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + cooling Cook: 4 hours
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 3 pounds pork spareribs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-3/4 cups sliced onions
  • 1 bottle (18 ounces) barbecue sauce


  • Place ribs, meat side up, on a broiling pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Broil 6 in. from the heat for 15-20 minutes or until browned. Cool; cut into serving-size pieces.
  • Place onion in a 5-qt. slow cooker; top with ribs. Pour barbecue sauce over all. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour; reduce heat to low and cook 3-4 hours or until ribs are tender.

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  • ebramkamp
    Feb 26, 2020

    These are easy to make and taste delicious. The meat is fall off the bone tender. I sometimes add about 1/4 c of apricot or peach jam to the bbq sauce. I've made these many times.

  • Kathleen
    Jun 29, 2018

    I make these just as the recipe states and they come out great! My husband and I really like them. I them at least once every two weeks, easy meal and delicious!

  • dherman12
    Mar 2, 2016

    The directions are backwards here. Slow cook them first with water and seasoning. Then broiling part comes last after you have brushed on the BBQ sauce, I'm sure that's why one reviewer said her sauce was like gravy.

  • Susie77
    Feb 16, 2016

    I skipped the broiling part and cooked on low for 8 hours. Just added a bit of water at first, no onions (husband dislikes them), then sauce the last two hours. Not too bad!

  • mrconway53
    Feb 17, 2013


  • Debrareid
    Feb 6, 2013

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  • cooks42
    Aug 21, 2012

    These ribs are fabulous! Great flavor, easy to make and so tender! Next time I will try the country ribs as another reviewer mentioned. Great recipe!

  • tcarver
    Oct 31, 2011

    It just needed more flavor for me. Sauce was more like a gravy.

  • gcovalt
    Jun 17, 2011

    This was really good. Didn't have spareribs but used country style ribs instead and they were delicious!

  • bellariddle
    Feb 21, 2011

    This is okay for when you have a craving for ribs but don't have the time to cook them on the grill. It was not fall off the bone and according to my husband they were too "onioney". I enjoyed the leftovers for work though. Next time I think I need a sweeter sauce to combat the onions.