Slow Cooker Barbecued Country Style Ribs

Slow Cooker Barbecued Country Style Ribs -

These ribs are absolutely delicious and the smells wafting throughout the house are really difficult to resist! Pair these beauties with baked potatoes and sweet corn for a fabulous weeknight dinner.

Slow Cooker Barbecued Country Style Ribs -

I love my slow cooker, though sometimes I forget about it all tucked away in the cabinet. I’ve been trying to bring it out more, and this is one of my favorites meals to make in it.

Slow Cooker Barbecued Country Style Ribs -

Everyone has a favorite crock pot rib recipe, but if you don’t have one yet I encourage you to try this one. You’ll love me for it.

Slow Cooker Barbecued Country Style Ribs - AmandasCookin.comSlow Cooker Barbecued Country Style Ribs -

Basically you’ll mix up the rub and then rub that all over the meat, brown them in a pan and add them to the crock on a bed of onion and apples. Ad barbecue sauce and cook!

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Slow Cooker Barbecued Country Style Ribs
  1. Mix the liquid smoke into the barbecue sauce and set aside.
  2. Layer onion in the bottom of the slower cooker. Layer the sliced apples over the onions.
  3. Mix all the rub ingredients together. Rub all over the ribs.
  4. Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large skillet. Brown the ribs on all sides. You may have to work in batches. Add remaining olive oil to the skillet if needed.
  5. To the slow cooker, add a layer of ribs (start with any that contain bones) on top of the apples and onions. Cover those ribs with about ⅓ cup of the barbecue sauce mixture, brushing on to cover the meat.
  6. Layer remaining ribs on top of the first layer and pour on the rest of the barbecue sauce. Use a brush to ensure all ribs are covered.
  7. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high 4-5 hours.


  1. says

    Taylor was just telling me how much he loves ribs and asking when we’re ever going to have them. He would love these. And they do look delicious!

  2. says

    i am a HUGE rib lover. my dad took me to every rib place he could find looking for the best. the funny thing is his favorite place was called the ‘rib shack’! what kind of name is that? anyway, these ribs look so delicious! can’t wait to try! :)

  3. says

    I haven’t made ribs in the slow cooker… but, knowing how my family loves them, I’m going to have to try it! We usually smoke ours, but with the cold months, that’s not happening as much as it does in the summer.

  4. Elissa R says

    I made this recipe yesterday (cooking overnight) for our lunch today. My husband have always said, he did not like or enjoyed ribs, but I do, and I have been craving some. When DH came home from work last night(around 11pm), the ribs were so tender already, he tried a little piece, and he couldn’t stop eating! He claimed he needed to test if they were seasoned enough. He told me today that those ribs are phenomenal! It changed his mind about ribs! This recipe is a keeper!

    Thank you for sharing

  5. Christina says

    I made these for my family a few weeks ago and they were a SMASH hit! So tender they just fell apart! Delicious! Only problem was that I forgot to bookmark the recipe! They’ve been asking for them again and again! Took me a while to find it again! I am making a double batch tonight! These are amazing with a bourbon glaze BBQ sauce and quickly broiled just before serving to carmelize the sauce! Thanks for this wonderful recipe!

  6. Owens papaw says

    Never thought of ribs in the slow cooker. I’m heading to the store to get set and I’ll let them cook overnight to serve during the game Saturday. Thanks, I’ll let you know how big a success they are.

  7. Michele says

    Is there anything else I could use in place of the liquid smoke? Wanting to make these today, but not wanting to go to the grocery

  8. Krista says

    Hi! I have these in the crock pot now and it smells amazing! Do you recommend stirring the ribs at all or breaking them up before the time is up?

    • says

      I’m sorry I didn’t see this earlier Krista! I hope you enjoyed them. I don’t break them up at all, I just lift them out of the crock and serve with a little more sauce :)

  9. says

    Hi! Amanda,

    I just finished trying your recipe for the first time and it’s cooking; I will let you know what the family thinks. This recipe looks delicious! I can’t wait for dinner.

  10. Danielle Poncedeleon says

    These were OMG Good! I did Carmelize them like someone else suggested, which only needed 1 minute under the broiler after a brushing of the BBQ sauce ( I used Sweet Baby Rays). Make sure to top with the sauce in the crock pot, including the onion and apple. I served with sweet potatoe fries. Boil sweet potatoe for 20 minutes, peel, sprinkle with paprika and sea salt and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Great combo! Thank you for sharing! I still can’t get over how good these were!

  11. Jenifer Moore says

    I love me some BBQ Ribs and wanting to spice up my basic recipe and am excited to give yours a try.
    Thanks for your recipe!

  12. Scfevre says

    What a fabulous recipe! This will be my slow cooker rib recipe from now on. Ribs fell off the bone and had the right amount of heat. Way to go, Amanda! Thank you!

  13. Mike says

    Made this twice – once with the liquid smoke and once without. Its hard to remember which one we liked better. Both ways were delicious. Fall apart tender and moist. Paired it with some fresh corn and a salad. Shredded the leftover pork and warmed it to make sandwiches on fresh baked hamburger buns.

    • says

      Hi Mike! So glad you enjoyed it so much! I do the same thing if there are any leftovers and make it into sandwiches. I agree about the smoke flavoring too, with or without are both great :) Thanks!

    • says

      Okg – that will depend on how well you trim the ribs and it will depend on the sauce that you use. There are roughly 370 calories in a 4-ounce country style rib. That doesn’t count the seasonings or the sauce.

  14. Kristie Rogers says

    I have my country style ribs in the crock pot now I followed your recipe. I am 5 hours into it and there seems to be a lot of liquid in there. Should I drain?

    • says

      Sorry I’m just seeing this comment. No need to drain it, that’ how crock pots work. They create liquid from the steam that the cooker creates. :) Just remove the ribs when all done and add a little more sauce on top!.


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