Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

These Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs are the easiest dinner you'll make all week–promise! Making ribs in the crock pot is the perfect answer to a busy week. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Baby Back Ribs, slow cooker ribs
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 488kcal
Author Becca Ludlum


  • 1 rack Pork Back Ribs
  • 1 cup Applesauce
  • 2 Onions
  • 1 cup Barbecue Sauce


Slow Cooker Ribs Recipe Directions:

  • Slice the onion(s) into thick slices.
  • Place sliced onions in a layer on the bottom of your crock pot.
  • Pour applesauce on top of the onions–enough to cover them. This will be the only liquid in the crockpot, so be generous.
  • Slice the ribs into sections of 4-5 so they fit into the crockpot.
  • Cook 6-8 hours on low. I usually watch for them to begin falling off the bone, then remove them.
  • When you remove the ribs, they're not going to look pretty. That's the one downside of cooking them in a crockpot. But that's ok–we'll make them pretty.
  • Pull out the ribs and get your barbecue sauce ready.
  • Brush your barbecue sauce on, and add some color–green onions, maybe?
  • Serve and enjoy. I told you they were easy!


The trick to even heating with crockpot ribs is to stagger the ribs. So, two on the bottom, three on top of them, two on top of them.


Calories: 488kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 253mg | Potassium: 641mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 209IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 2mg