• Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cooking Time: 7 hour
  • Serves:

Slow Cooker (Crockpot) BBQ Ribs

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Category: Healthy Recipes, Main Dish

 Ingredients List

  • 1 full rack or 2 half racks pork ribs, preferably pastured (or whatever fits in your slow cooker!)
  • 1 tablespoon paprika (I used sweet this time, but you can use a combo of sweet and smoked paprika)
  • 1 tablespoon unrefined sugar (like Sucanat)
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon chile powder (I used Ancho chile powder)
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon oregano
  • 1 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce (I used my homemade peach and plum BBQ sauce- I wish I had written down the recipe, it is so good!)


Pat your ribs dry with a paper towel. Combine all of the spices (paprika through oregano above) and rub onto the ribs. Place dry ribs (no water needed) in your slow cooker with the meaty side facing the heat.

Cook your ribs on low for 6-7 hours total. About half way through cooking, pour your barbecue sauce over the ribs and continue cooking.

When you”™re ready to finish your ribs, preheat your oven”™s broiler and place your oven rack about 10 inches below the heating element. Remove the ribs carefully from the slow cooker and place on a baking sheet with aluminum foil and a cooling rack (so any fat will drip off of the ribs and onto the foil). Set aside.

Pour the liquid from the slow cooker into a small pot and bring to a boil. Let the sauce thicken and reduce by about a third- this will take 10-15 minutes. When the sauce has reduced, brush onto the ribs and broil for 3-4 minutes. Baste with sauce and broil another 3-4 minutes. Remove and serve at this point, or continue to baste and broil until you reach your desired carmelization. Serve with any extra sauce.

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