Slow-Cooker Barbecue Ribs Recipe

Slow-Cooker Barbecue Ribs Recipe

Slow-Cooker Barbecue Ribs Recipe.

For intensely flavorful ribs that practically melt off the bone into your mouth, this recipe is a must. Under low heat for hour after hour, the gelatin and connective tissue in the ribs breaks down to a velvety smoothness, and the barbecue sauce soaks deep into the meat: even barbecue purists will have to admit that in this case, the slow-cooker has something going for it.

Slow-Cooker Barbecue Ribs Recipe


  • 4 lbs pork baby back ribs;
  • 1 onion, minced;
  • 1 pear, peeled and diced;
  • 2 1/2 cups homemade ketchup;
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder;
  • 1/2 tbsp. smoked paprika;
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano;
  • 1/4 cup honey; (optional)
  • 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar;
  • 2 tsp. coconut aminos;
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper;


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 F.
  2. Remove the membrane from the ribs by loosening it with a dull knife and then peeling it off, as described above.
  3. Season the ribs to taste on both side with sea salt and black pepper.
  4. Place the ribs in a baking pan. Brown them in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes on each side and set aside.
  5. In a bowl, combine together the ketchup, onion, pear, chili powder, paprika, oregano, apple cider vinegar, coconut aminos, and honey (if using), and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Place the ribs in your slow cooker, and pour in the sauce, making sure that all the meat is coated.
  7. Cover and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours.


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