Slow Cooker Barbecued Pork Ribs

These outrageously delicious Slow Cooker Barbecued Pork Ribs start with the simple method of brining and finish in the slow cooker and the grill.

Brined Slow Cooker Barbecued Pork Ribs with kale slaw and cornbread

What is brining? Brining is a mixture of kosher salt and water used to add moisture and flavor to meat. I use the brining method for turkey, pork and chicken. Brining and refrigerating the ribs the night before will extract much of the fat from the meat. This allows the fat to rise to the top of the water and makes it easy to remove the fat for cleaner and less fattening ribs. Check out this article for more information on brining.

Brined Slow Cooker Barbecued Pork Ribs and cornbread and kale slaw

Today I am sharing with you a simple and easy barbecued ribs recipe. I brine the ribs the night before and then cook them in a slow cooker the following day (they can also be covered and baked on low in the oven for 4 hours). These ribs are ALWAYS a hit and the recipe has been shared by all of us over the years.  This barbecue sauce is simple to make and better than any bottled sauce out there!

Brined Slow Cooker Barbecued Pork Ribs with cornbread and kale slaw

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Barbecued Pork Ribs

Start this recipe the day before so you can brine the ribs overnight.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time6 hrs 15 mins
Cooling and Brining Time1 d
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Pork
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Barbecued Pork Ribs
Author: Jurga


Ribs Ingredients:

  • 5 pounds baby back pork ribs,, I like to use Costco ribs, cut into pieces of 3 ribs each (*See Gr8 Appetizer Tip below.)
  • water to cover
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • paprika , to taste
  • barbecue sauce, recipe below

Barbecue Sauce Ingredients

  • 3 cups ketchup
  • 2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon liquid smoke
  • Tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Tablespoon Tabasco sauce


Directions for the Ribs:

  • Cut ribs into 3 rib pieces and place in a large pot and cover with water and kosher salt.
  • Turn heat on high and bring ribs to a slow, rolling boil.
  • Once the ribs start to boil, immediately remove from heat and cool completely.
  • Place entire pot in the refrigerator overnight.
  • The next day remove the thick layer of fat from the pot of water and discard properly. (You will be shocked at how much “gunk” has been released from the meat.)
  • Remove the rib pieces and rinse under fresh, running water.
  • Pat dry with paper towels and season with a light dusting of paprika.
  • Place them in a slow cooker (I usually baste the ribs with a layer of sauce).
  • Cook on low for a minimum of 6 hours. Or cook in a 225º F oven for 4 hours.
  • Ribs can then be either broiled with a layer of sauce or placed on a grill and basted with sauce for extra crispiness. (Be careful when barbecuing on the grill, the high sugar content of the sauce can burn easily.)

Directions for the Barbecue Sauce:

  • In a small saucepan mix all ingredients together.
  • Cook over medium heat and stir until the sugar is fully dissolved.
  • The sauce is now ready to use.


Gr8 Do-Ahead Tip:
Make the sauce up to 3 days ahead of time and store in the refrigerator in a covered container.
Gr8 Appetizer Tip:
If you are serving these as an appetizer, be sure to cut them into individual rib pieces so guests can grab one at a time.
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  1. Debbie | 7th Sep 16

    Hi Judy! I love the crockpot for this recipe! Coming home with the house smelling like dinner’s ready…that’s the best! Love the citrus. It adds the perfect touch! So happy you liked it! Thanks for being such a Gr8 friend!

  2. Judy Tanner | 5th Sep 16

    I made these for dinner last night and they were delicious! The meat fell off the bones. This is how I’ll make ribs from now on. Great recipe Jurga!

  3. Kyle Van Boom | 16th Jun 15

    I have made these ribs many times. Thanks to Jurga, this is one of my “go to” recipes because it is always a crowd pleaser! The Costco baby back ribs are the best.

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