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Slow Cooker Ribs Recipe

Slow Cooker Ribs Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (12 ounces) equals 743 calories, 50 g fat (18 g saturated fat), 191 mg cholesterol, 1,483 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 49 g protein.

Reviews for Slow Cooker Ribs

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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."

Reviewed Jun. 17, 2011

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

Reviewed 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."

Reviewed Feb. 9, 2010

"This recipe is perfect if you don't have a full day to wait for ribs to cook. Very simple too. The meat doesn't fall of the bones, but it's pretty close!"

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