Recipes for a Cultural Experience-Easy Dinners: Slow Cooker Ribs

I always loved having a good baby back rib when we ate out. I had been very hesitant to try making them at home. I saw a tutorial a few years ago on how to make it in the Slow Cooker on PBS once and decided to give it a try. I was really impressed at how well it came out. I’ve done it a few times and they always work well.

This time I made a mix of beef short ribs and baby back ribs as my husband prefers the beef ribs. I’ve also used beef back ribs but they are often hard to find. I put a dry rub on them and placed it inside the slow cooker. It was easy to make, came out delicious with the meat falling off the bone. You can finish them on the grill or under the broiler to make the top a little crispy if you wish.


1-2 lb short ribs (I used 1lb which were two large short ribs)

2 lb baby back ribs (I didn’t remove the back skin but you can do that-sometimes it is tough)

Rub: (increase amounts if you need additional rub)

Mix together: 3 tbs garlic powder, 2 tbs Montreal spice, 2 tbs Mesquite spice 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1-2 tsp rosemary

Olive oil spray or olive oil

Bbq sauce (I use a sugar free one)


Take the rub and liberally apply it to each side of the ribs. After using the rub on the each side spray it with olive oil or sprinkle some on. Pat the spices into the meat.

Cut the baby back ribs into segments of 4-5 ribs.

Coat each side of the ribs with bbq sauce. In the slow cooker, place the short ribs in the center of the pot. Take each segment of the baby back ribs and place them standing upright around the edges of the slow cooker pot. Sprinkle additional bbq sauce to coat. Cover and cook for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low. They are good right out of the slow cooker but you can also finish them on the grill or in the broiler for a few minutes to crisp the crust. I reheated them the next day in my indoor toaster grill and they came out great. Have extra sauce for dipping.

Serve with your favorite sides-coleslaw, corn bread, baked beans, fries, etc. You’ll need lots of napkins! Enjoy!

They were so good I forgot to take any pictures. I’ll add them next time I make them.

Published by @cjsthought

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