Slow Cooker Ribs

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Slow Cooker Ribs

My husband and I were so excited for these ribs I made in the slow cooker tonight–the smell in the house was AMAZING!  And the best part is, they were SO easy to make and the meat literally falls off the bone!  We don’t usually eat pork often, but since we got a TON of meat for Christmas from my mom–which included some pork–we’ve been eating it more regularly.  Hey..I can’t complain about that!!

I’ve adapted this recipe from one I found a few years ago from a magazine.  I started with some spices like Cayenne, Garlic Powder, Salt, Pepper, Chilli Powder and Paprika and rubbed it on one side of the ribs.  You could do this over the entire package of ribs, but I was feeling extra lazy 😉  I must warn you, the amount of Cayenne Pepper I use is probably more than the average person uses.  What can I say..we like it HOT!

Slow Cooker Ribs

To combat some of the heat from the Cayenne, I threw in some brown sugar.  Usually I would use 1/4 cup, but I only had about 2 tbsps left until I get to the store again.  The purpose of the brown sugar is to make the ribs have that sweet and spicy taste, not to mention the sugar kind of carmalizes while it cooks.  I think brown sugar also give it the more “southern” barbeque ribs taste.

Slow Cooker Ribs

Next I mixed up some orange juice, Worcestershire Sauce, and BBQ sauce and threw that in on top of the meat for it to marinade in while it cooks.  I will warn you though, there will be some extra liquid left over in the pot, but having that marinade helps make the meat extra tender.

Slow Cooker RIbs
Slow Cooker Ribs
Slow Cooker Ribs

Once you’ve poured the liquid over the meat, cook it on low for 8 hours and you’re done!  See how easy that was?  I don’t know about you guys, but if you tell me something is EASY, can be cooked in the CROCK POT, and tastes AMAZING you’ve got me sold.

Slow Cooker Ribs

Slow Cooker Ribs


  • 1 Package Country Style Ribs
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper, you may want to reduce this if you don't like spicy things
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Orange Juice
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Barbeque Sauce


  1. Start by placing the ribs in the Crock Pot
  2. Mix together all of the spices and rub them onto the top side of the Ribs
  3. Sprinkle the Brown Sugar over the ribs
  4. Mix together the Orange Juice, Worcestershire Sauce, and Barbeque sauce and pour over the meat
  5. Turn the Crock Pot to low and cook for 8 hours


***For Freezer meal, combine everything minus Orange Juice in a large ziploc freezer bag. When ready to cook, thaw completely and pour ingredients into Crock Pot. Add orange juice and cook according to directions above.

Nutrition Information
Serving Size 1 grams
Amount Per Serving Calories 541Total Fat 2gUnsaturated Fat 1gSodium 4118mgCarbohydrates 132gFiber 5gSugar 99gProtein 3g

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