Lazy Man’s Ribs

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5 hours


4 servings

Updated: May. 18, 2023
I've made these tender ribs for a lot of my buddies—including my preacher. Some have even suggested that I try bottling my sauce and selling it to the public! —Allan Stackhouse Jr., Jennings, Louisiana
Lazy Man's Ribs Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2-1/2 pounds pork baby back ribs, cut into 8 pieces
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce
  • 1 teaspoon stone-ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke, optional
  • Dash salt
  • 5 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon cold water


  1. Rub ribs with Cajun seasoning. Layer ribs and onion in a 5-qt. slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar, orange juice, vinegar, molasses, Worcestershire sauce, barbecue sauce, mustard, paprika, garlic powder, liquid smoke if desired, and salt. Pour over ribs. Cover and cook on low until meat is tender, 5-6 hours.
  2. Remove ribs and keep warm. Strain cooking juices and skim fat; transfer juices to a small saucepan. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into juices. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Serve with ribs.

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 753 calories, 39g fat (14g saturated fat), 153mg cholesterol, 1335mg sodium, 70g carbohydrate (52g sugars, 2g fiber), 33g protein.

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