Slow Cooker Ribs Recipe
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Slow Cooker Ribs Recipe

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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
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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

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (12 ounces) equals 743 calories, 50 g fat (18 g saturated fat), 191 mg cholesterol, 1483 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 49 g protein.


  1. 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.
  2. 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. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Slow Cooker Ribs in Country Pork 1996, p107

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Reviewed 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."

Reviewed 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!"

Reviewed Feb. 17, 2013


Reviewed 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!"

Reviewed Oct. 31, 2011

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

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