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Slow & Easy Baby Back Ribs

If you enjoy ribs, you’ll love these fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs. Not only are they delicious, but the recipe is easy to prepare in the slow cooker.—Barbara Birk, St. George, Utah
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5 hours
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 4 pounds pork baby back ribs, cut into 2-rib portions
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste or tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water


  • Place ribs in a 5-qt. slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine the onion, ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, tomato paste, paprika, Worcestershire, mustard, salt and pepper; pour over ribs. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until meat is tender.
  • Remove ribs to a serving platter; keep warm. Skim fat from cooking juices; transfer juices to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil.
  • Combine cornstarch and water until smooth. Gradually stir into the pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with ribs.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 916 calories, 62g fat (23g saturated fat), 245mg cholesterol, 1324mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 3g fiber), 52g protein.

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  • Weems Grnadma
    May 29, 2014

    Not real bbq ribs to my mind. The sauce was blah and I threw it into the garbage. Have the ribs marinating in a rib sauce to hopefully enjoy them. No deep flavor. Rather like the difference between honest to goodness from scratch mac and cheese vs. a box with pasta and some cheese product. Back to dry rubs and wet mopping.

  • emlee0630
    May 26, 2014

    Easy and delicious! These will be made again soon!!!!!

  • rebelwithoutaclue
    May 26, 2014

    Against my better judgement I tried these. This is just not a good method for ribs. Back to the smoker it is for me. Ribs should never be "fall off the bone". Perfect ribs need a little tug to detach from the bone. I had to fish the bones from the bottom of the crockpot.

  • sandex10
    May 25, 2014

    These look amazing! I don't have any ribs on hand right now, but I'm thinking of just using pork chops instead.

  • MurphyNJ
    May 20, 2014

    How easy and delicious. I didn't even want to go to the 'trouble' of grilling my ribs today, so I used this recipe. I had everything I needed in the cupboard and refrigerator - great! After 6 hours in the slow cooker, I didn't even need to thicken the sauce with the cornstarch and water - it thickened itself up just fine. I used a liner in my slow cooker to make the clean-up easy too.

  • cinjean48
    Mar 20, 2014

    These had to be the best ribs I have ever eaten. They were tasty and tender beyond belief.