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Farm-Style BBQ Ribs

Inspiration struck when I saw a recipe like this one in a newspaper. My version was an instant hit with my husband and friends. When I discovered how easy it is to make in the slow cooker, it got even better. —Bette Jo Welton, Eugene, Oregon
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 4 pounds bone-in beef short ribs
  • 1 can (15 ounces) thick and zesty tomato sauce
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt


  • Place ribs in a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker. In a large saucepan, combine the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Pour over ribs; cook, covered, on low 6-8 hours or until tender.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 578 calories, 24g fat (9g saturated fat), 110mg cholesterol, 2503mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 7g fiber), 44g protein.

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  • Marilyn
    May 24, 2020

    I made these ribs just as the recipe calls for and they have absolutely no flavor what so ever!!! Won’t be making these again. Big disappointment.

  • rebelwithoutaclue
    May 11, 2019

    Dwayne, the easiest recipe instructions of all time and you can't figure out how a crock-pot works. lol

  • Dwayne
    Jul 19, 2018

    Not enough information on cooking directions, missing directions>Place ribs in a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker then what do you do add water? what are the ribs cooked in. Should be better said!

  • PageRD
    May 30, 2018

    I can't say enough good things about this recipe. It's easy to put together, the slow cooker, does most of the work, and you have a delicious and hearty meal waiting at the end of the day. I cut back on the chili powder because of the preferences in my household but it was still very flavorful. I cooked them 8 hours and it was perfect.