Crockpot Barbecue Ribs

Crockpot Barbecue Ribs | Cookie Monster Cooking

My husband calls these ribs legit. I found this funny at first, until I stopped to think about it. I totally agree with him. These ribs are legit. Pretty gosh darn awesome would be another way to put it – if you’re not cool like us and use words like legit.

Now, let’s be clear that these do have a few more steps than just dumping everything into the crockpot. But it’s sooooo worth it. And pretty please don’t skip any of the steps. All of them make these as we talked about earlier … legit. And trust me – there’s nothing difficult here. So just do it. Plus, the crockpot does most of the work. Most.

Crockpot Barbecue Ribs | Cookie Monster Cooking

First, you brown the ribs in the oven.  Then you go ahead and dump them in the crockpot with some barbecue sauce.  Finally, you finish them off real quick on the grill.  And what do you wind up with?  Ribs that we’ve made quite a few times already this summer.

Finger lickin’ good and husband approved.

Crockpot Barbecue Ribs | Cookie Monster Cooking

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Yield: 4 servings

Crockpot Barbecue Ribs

Recipe for crockpot barbecue ribs. The ribs are browned first in the oven, cooked in the crockpot and finished on the grill.

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  • 2 pounds pork baby back ribs
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 ½ cups peach chipotle barbecue sauce


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Lightly spray a rimmed baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Season the ribs with the salt/pepper, paprika, garlic powder and onion powder. Transfer the ribs to the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Carefully flip the ribs over in the pan. Bake for another 15 minutes then drain any fat from the pan.
  3. Transfer the ribs to the crockpot (I have to cut my rack of ribs in half or in thirds to get them to fit in my crockpot. I have a smaller crockpot so this may not be necessary). Pour the barbecue sauce over the ribs. Turn them to coat. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours, until the ribs are tender (in my crockpot, this take 4 ½).
  4. Light up a grill (charcoal or gas) over medium heat. While the grill is heating, remove the ribs from the crockpot and brush them on both sides with the extra sauce in the crockpot. Place the ribs directly on the grill and cook covered for about 2 to 3 minutes per side, until they are nicely caramelized and have some bark.

You certainly do not have to use the peach chipotle barbecue sauce linked in the recipe. However, I highly recommend it. It takes these ribs to another level of awesome.

Adapted from Allrecipes.