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Sweet and Savory Ribs

My husband, Randy, and I love barbecue ribs, but with our busy schedules, we rarely have time to fire up the grill. So we let the slow cooker do the work for us. By the time we get home from work, the ribs are tender, juicy and ready to devour.—Kandy Bingham, Green River, Wyoming
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 8 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 pounds boneless country-style pork ribs
  • 1 bottle (18 ounces) honey barbecue sauce
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup spicy brown mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • Place onion in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Top with ribs. In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients; pour over ribs. Cook, covered, on low 8-9 hours or until meat is tender.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 509 calories, 21g fat (7g saturated fat), 130mg cholesterol, 945mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 0 fiber), 40g protein.

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  • gunslinger
    Sep 14, 2019

    We really liked these ribs. The sauce was flavorful and the ribs were very tender.

  • mkfrazier
    Oct 17, 2017

    This is an excellent recipe and so easy to make. As already mentioned in other reviews, it is a good idea to pour off the grease after about 6 hours and then add the sauce. I used Sweet Baby Ray's brand for the honey BBQ sauce. The finished sauce IS sweet, but not overwhelming. After 8 1/2 hours (total) in the slow cooker, the meat fell from the bone, but were still juicy.

  • 5mixednuts
    Sep 16, 2015

    This is the best slow cooker barbeque ribs recipe I've tried. So glad I found it, thanks.

  • Corwin44
    May 17, 2015

    My family really enjoyed these ribs. One of my sons said that these were his favorite ribs. I prefer my ribs on the grill. The sauce turned out really greasy. I will try these again and take Sprowls advice to cook the ribs without sauce to begin with, pour off the grease 3/4 though the cook time, and then add the sauce.

  • Rosemary Swope
    Mar 29, 2015

    We have enjoyed these lip smacking ribs many times, and they are so easy to put together. They also smell so good while cooking. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  • styff2015
    Oct 2, 2014

    OMG... LOVE this! I did not add the mustard but otherwise stuck to the recipe. The meat fell off the bone in my crock pot. SOOOOOO good.

  • AENesko
    Jan 13, 2014

    These were a hit! Cooked them for about 9 hours - that may have been a little too long, they were a tad dry. BUT - we ate them all and decided this was a keeper for sure!

  • meaganteal
    Dec 2, 2013

    Loved this!! I made as written and it was great. Even my picky 7 year old ate it. Served with baked potato and green beans. Will be making this again.

  • bradams
    Feb 28, 2013

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  • shultiscorners
    Dec 29, 2012

    This is easy and good. Followed directions, a served with mashed potatoes with the sauce as gravy. Cooked on low for 8 hours. Nice to come home to a hot meal.