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Melt In Your Mouth Crockpot Ribs

by Julie Cohn

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For years, I didn’t have a good track record when it came to cooking ribs.  If I cooked them in the oven, they came out too greasy, and if I cooked them on the grill, I burned them beyond recognition.  It actually became a family joke, I gave “char-broiled” a whole new meaning!  Not any more!  These Melt In Your Mouth Crockpot Ribs are cooked tender and moist in the slow cooker, with a zesty-sweet flavor.  They are fall-off-the-bone tasty! 

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I’ve made these crockpot ribs for several years now this way, and each time they’ve come out perfect.  In fact, my husband has declared them the best ribs he’s ever had!   Talk about easy, these Melt In The Mouth Crockpot Ribs are easy to make, easy to clean up, and with no risk of burning to a crisp like when you cook them on the grill.   They are so easy, I make them year-round, and don’t even bother grilling ribs at all anymore.  You just put them in the crockpot in the morning, go about your day, and by dinner, they are ready to eat!   

This is the original and best crockpot ribs recipe on the internet, all others are an imitation!  

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Melt In Your Mouth Crockpot Ribs

To get the best results from these ribs, I have a few secret tips so they come out perfect.   

  • Before putting the ribs in the slow cooker, roll a few pieces of aluminum foil into balls and place around the center of the crockpot to help the ribs standing on their end.  When the ribs are not lying in the fat drippings all day, they are more flavorful and a lot less greasy! 
  • Try to use fresh herbs and spices if you can to bring out the zesty flavors.  
  • To make these ribs a bit healthier, substitute the brown sugar in the dry rub for coconut sugar.  
  • Use a crockpot liner for easy cleanup.  You will thank me later.  
  • Use baby back ribs, they are the leanest and most tender. 
  • Ask your butcher to cut the ribs St. Louis style for the most meat. 
  • Take the membrane off on the bottom of the ribs before cooking because it is too chewy to eat. 
  • Wash the ribs right before putting the dry rub on and lightly pat dry.  The moisture will help the rub “melt” into the ribs. 
  • Serve with a fresh garden salad, homemade macaroni & cheese, and some fresh iced tea for a summertime picnic year-round!

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Melt In Your Mouth Crockpot Ribs

Melt In Your Mouth Crockpot Ribs

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 6 hours 20 minutes


Delicious ribs made in the crockpot with a zesty brown sugar-spice dry rub!


  • 1 Rack of Baby Back Ribs
  • 1 c. Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • ½ tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1/8 tsp. Cumin
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt
  • ½ tsp. Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Bottle BBQ Sauce (your favorite brand)
  • 2 Tbsp. Honey


    1. Wash and pat dry the ribs.
    2. Cut into sections so the ribs will fit in the crockpot standing up.
    3. Mix the brown sugar, cinnamon, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, sea salt, and black pepper together in a small bowl.
    4. Rub the dry rub into the ribs, covering all the meat and bones.
    5. Place the ribs on a baking sheet and place in the refrigerator for one hour.
    6. Meanwhile, add a crockpot liner to your crockpot and put it on high.
    7. Ball up several pieces of aluminum foil and place in the bottom of the crockpot.
    8. Remove the ribs from the refrigerator and place them in the crockpot on their ends, with the meat side of the ribs touching the outside wall of the crockpot.
    9. Cook on high for 5-6 hours, the ribs are done when the meat falls off the bone easily.
    10. When the ribs are almost done, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
    11. Mix together your favorite BBQ sauce and the honey.
    12. Carefully place the ribs on the baking sheet, meat side up and brush with the BBQ sauce.
    13. Bake in the oven for five minutes to melt the BBQ sauce around the ribs. Do not cook longer than five minutes because the honey in the BBQ sauce will burn.
    14. Serve immediately.


If you have the time, you can also slow cook the ribs in the crockpot on low, but please watch that they do not get overdone because the meat will get chewy and the pieces will fall off into the drippings.

This recipe was originally featured on 2/2/12 but was updated on 1/7/2020 

Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 473Total Fat 17gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 66mgSodium 901mgCarbohydrates 62gFiber 1gSugar 58gProtein 19g
All nutrition information is approximate.
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Amanda Beran 04/03/2019 at 12:05 pm

What setting do you cook them at? High or low?

Julie Cohn 04/03/2019 at 5:04 pm

I do the ribs on high. 🙂

christy mask 04/09/2019 at 6:12 pm

IIf i wasn’t going to be home for 8 hours, should I cook them on low?

Julie Cohn 04/09/2019 at 6:54 pm

Yes, if you are not going to be home all day, cook them on low so they do not dry out.

Krista Lee 07/30/2019 at 2:10 pm

So delish!!! Used to think the only way to make ribs and be delish was to make on the grill. I live in an apt so thats not an option. This is a great recipe for sure. I highly recommend.

Joelene Macnab 03/22/2020 at 9:39 am

Just to be clear, were cooking the ribs dry for 5 hour in the crockpot with no wet ingredients?

Julie Cohn 03/22/2020 at 11:55 am

Yes Joelene, that is correct. Only add the wet at the end.

Melody 04/04/2020 at 8:10 pm

I can’t get the recipe to print. I get a page, but it only says I am not permitted to print the recipe.

Julie Cohn 04/04/2020 at 8:57 pm

Let me check that Melody and try to fix it. Give me a few minutes!


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