Slow Cooked BBQ Pork Ribs Recipe
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Slow Cooked BBQ Pork Ribs Recipe

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Check your pantry; you probably have everything needed to turn these ribs into a sweet, tangy, fork-tender treat. —Annette Thompson, Woodbury, Vermont
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 7 hours
MAKES:8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 7 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 4 pounds boneless country-style pork ribs
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup prepared mustard
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons dried minced garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 480 calories, 21 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 130 mg cholesterol, 1247 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 40 g protein.


  1. Place ribs in a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker. Combine the remaining ingredients; pour over top. Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours or until meat is tender.
  2. Remove ribs and keep warm. Skim fat from sauce; serve with ribs. Yield: 8 servings.
Switch-and-Go Ribs: Place ribs in slow cooker. Substitute 3/4 cup each orange marmalade and teriyaki sauce and 2-1/2 teaspoons minced garlic for remaining ingredients. Prepare as directed.

Maple Pork Ribs: Layer ribs in slow cooker with 1 sliced large onion. Substitute 3/4 cup maple syrup and 1/2 cup Dijon mustard for remaining ingredients. Prepare as directed.
Sweet and Savory Ribs: Layer ribs in slow cooker with 1 chopped large onion. Substitute one 18-ounce bottle honey barbecue sauce, 1/3 cup maple syrup, 1/4 cup spicy brown mustard and 1/4 teaspoon pepper for remaining ingredients. Prepare as directed.
Originally published as Slow Cooked BBQ Pork Ribs in Simple & Delicious June/July 2012, p17

Blush Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a blush wine such as White Zinfandel or a Rosé.

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Reviewed Jun. 15, 2014

"I made this for our Father's Day meal and it was a hit! The meat was tender and the sauce was great! I'm not normally a fan of ribs because I associate them with messy however I was looking for "man" food and this fit the bill. I didn't think I would be won over by them but I was pleasantly surprised. They were very easy to throw together also!"

Reviewed Oct. 1, 2013

"Me and my husband thought these were delicious and so easy!!!!!"

Reviewed Sep. 5, 2013

"I made this great recipe this weekend. There are so many rib recipes, I was hoping I chose the right recipe to try...boy, I was not disappointed. The ribs were tangy, but not overly so and were perfectly cooked in the slow cooker. Very tender. It was a great recipe and I am adding it into our list of "go to" meals!"

Reviewed Jun. 22, 2013

"I like a spicier sauce"

Reviewed Jun. 10, 2013

"My husband's favorite meat dish other than steak is ribs so I had to try this. The meat was very tender and it was super easy to make. It was not time consuming either but the sauce did not fit our taste. It was not bad just not for us. I did substitute honey for maple syrup and a garlic clove for dried garlic bc that is what we like."

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