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Slow-Cooked BBQ Pork Ribs

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


  • 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


  • Place ribs in a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker. Combine the remaining ingredients; pour over ribs. Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours or until meat is tender.
  • Remove ribs and keep warm. Skim fat from sauce; serve sauce with ribs.
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.
Nutrition Facts
5 ounces cooked pork: 480 calories, 21g fat (8g saturated fat), 130mg cholesterol, 1247mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 0 fiber), 40g protein.

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  • Tim
    Mar 29, 2020

    I made this with the “Sweet and Savory” variation provided in the directions using Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce as my bbq sauce of choice. I trimmed as much fat as possible from ribs (6lbs of ribs became about 4lbs after trimming) and liberally seasoned ribs with Weber “Steak ‘N Chop“ seasoning before placing in slow cooker. Additionally, I added (approximately) 1 tablespoon of garlic powder, 2 tablespoons dried onion flakes, 1/4 cup Apple cider vinegar, 1/4 cup honey, 1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice, and a tablespoon of sriracha chili sauce to the sauce mixture before pouring over ribs in slow cooker. Everyone (even my 9 and 12 year old kids) raved about this dish and said they were the best ribs (it really became pulled pork) ever!!! Soooned slow cooker sauce over top and added side of Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce... Easy to make, will definitely prepare again!!!

  • JCV4
    Jun 23, 2018

    Such a simple but tasty recipe! It's great to use the slow cooker when it's steaming hot outside.

  • bicktasw
    Jun 3, 2018

    Made these delicious ribs for dinner last night. I added 1 tablespoon of dried onion flakes and 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce to the sauce mixture and instead of making them in the slow cooker, I braised in a 275 degree F oven for 3 to 3 1/2 hours. They turned out fall-apart tender and juicy and saucy. Next time I'll try making them in my slow cooker..... either way, a very delicious way to prepare country style ribs! I also want to try making boneless skinless chicken thighs with this recipe ..... Five stars for sure!

  • rllewis7
    May 2, 2018

    Slow cooked ribs could not be easier! They turned out so tender. I can't wait to try the different variations!

  • Christi
    Feb 13, 2018

    I have made this recipe for Many years now. I sometimes switch it up for the grill by first using 1/2 pkg of dry Onion Soup Mix. Dry rub the ribs and let marinate in the frig for at least 4 hrs. Then I grill on indirect heat until almost done. Then coat the ribs well with the combined sauce, and grill until carmelized.

  • pajamaangel
    Jun 6, 2017

    Very moist and tender! Wonderful flavor!

  • momoflandl
    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!

  • rhonda1
    Oct 1, 2013

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

  • SDawsonH
    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!

  • WendyHewitt
    Sep 4, 2013

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