Easy, Slow-Cooker BBQ Pork Ribs

slow cooker barbecue pork ribs with sauce

The most delicious barbecue rib recipe! These slow-cooker ribs are so flavorful, fall-off-the-bone tender and simply melt in your mouth! The pork ribs are seasoned with a dry spice rub, then slow-cooked for 4 hours, grilled and coated with sweet and smoky sauce. My easy, slow cooker recipe is bound to become a family favorite! Plus, serve them with my grilled corn recipe!

Making Slow-Cooker Ribs

The secret to great ribs is a cooking them low and slow until the meat is tender! I like to use a slow cooker to cook the ribs without having to worry about them. First, prepare the spice blend: salt, pepper, brown sugar, chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin and garlic powder. Portion the ribs and using your hands, rub the spice blend generously into the meat. You want the ribs completely coated. Cook on the high heat setting for about 4 hours, or until the pork meat is extra tender!

barbecue pork ribs with dry rub and sauce

Next, it’s time to head to the grill to get that smoky flavor that everyone loves about barbecue ribs! Gently transfer the cooked ribs onto a preheated grill and slather in barbecue sauce. Grill for 4 to 5 minutes per side. If you have a smoker, this is the perfect time to use it! Set your smoker to 165F and let the ribs smoke for about 30 to 45 minutes.

The Grilled Corn

To go along with these amazing barbecue pork ribs, I love to make my grilled corn seasoned with loads of butter, garlic, herbs, cilantro and a touch of lime! You’ll love the combination of flavors! First, cook the corn in boiling water for 10 minutes, then season and grill along with the pork ribs. These is my favorite way to enjoy corn on the cob! Try adding a touch of lime juice, cilantro and queso fresco cheese over the top for more flavor!

seasoned grilled corn with cheese and cilantro

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Easy Slow-Cooker BBQ Pork Ribs

20 minutes prep + 5 hours cook
6 servings
Easy, slow-cooker barbecue pork ribs, yielding extra tender, fall-off-the-bone pork meat!


  • 1 rack extra-meaty pork ribs, 3 to 4 pounds
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 3 tablespoons Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 5 to 6 corn cobs
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup sweet & smoky barbecue sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro
  • 2 limes


  • In a small bowl, combine the dry rub seasonings: salt, pepper, brown sugar, chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, garlic powder. Set aside about 2 tablespoons of the seasoning to use for the corn. Cut the slab of pork ribs into 4 smaller sections; season the ribs well on all sides.
  • Drop the chopped onion into the bottom of a slow cooker and arrange the ribs over the onions. Combine the red wine, Worcestershire and broth in a large measuring cup, then pour over the ribs. Cover the slow cooker and cook on ‘High’ heat for 4 to 5 hours, until the rib meat pulls away easily from the bone.
  • Approximately 30 minutes before the pork ribs are ready, prepare the corn. Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil and season with salt. Add the corn cobs and boil for 10 minutes. Remove the corn onto a large platter and coat generously in butter. Season with the remaining dry rub mixture; set aside.
  • Preheat grill to 475F (medium-heat). Remove the ribs from the slow cooker and grill for 3 to 5 minutes per side with the grill closed, allowing the ribs to get some smoky flavor. At this time, also place the corn cobs on the grill and rotate along with the ribs. Using a rubber pastry brush, coat the ribs generously in barbecue sauce and grill for 1 more minute per side.
  • Serve the ribs with an extra side of sauce and corn cobs with sprinkled with cilantro and a lime wedge.


Calories: 658kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 136mg | Sodium: 4425mg | Potassium: 1022mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 1006IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 4mg