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The best part about these Slow Cooker Short Ribs is that they are so easy to make! Simply toss the browned ribs and sauce in the slow cooker and get ready to enjoy delicious, fall-apart ribs in a few hours!

Ribs can be daunting. Don’t worry: you are not alone if you find yourself looking past a rack of ribs at the meat counter for something else, something a little bit…easier. I love to eat them, but they aren’t something I make very often. As the barbecue realm has become increasingly popular, I’m always a little worried I won’t cook ribs correctly. I don’t always have the time or energy to smoke them, and grilling them doesn’t always give me the perfect results I desire. But when I embarked on a winter full of slow cooker recipes, I realized slow-cooking meat gives tender, fall-apart results. So why not slow-cook the ribs?! This process gives a different texture than smoked or grilled ribs. But believe me, the way these melt in your mouth, you won’t miss anything. You now have no excuse because a simple sauce and a slow cooker are all you need for quick and delicious ribs!

Watch how to make these slow cooker short ribs:

Wooden cutting board on white marble surface with short ribs with homemade bbq sauce and baked potatoes in background.

Slow Cooker Short Ribs

4.78 from 9 votes
The best part about these slow cooker short ribs is that they are so easy to make! Simply toss the browned ribs and sauce in the slow cooker and get ready to enjoy delicious, fall-apart ribs in a few hours!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours 12 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 32 minutes
Servings 12 servings

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • ¾ tsp liquid smoke
  • 2 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp neutral oil (grapeseed, corn, or vegetable)
  • 2 lb ribs (spare, baby back, or country-style)

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, combine the apple cider vinegar, white vinegar, molasses, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, garlic, paprika, salt, black pepper, liquid smoke, and brown sugar. Whisk to combine and dissolve the sugar. Set aside.
    ¾ cup apple cider vinegar, ¼ cup white vinegar, 2 tbsp molasses, 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce, 1 cup ketchup, 2 cloves garlic, 2 tsp paprika, 1 tsp kosher salt, ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper, ¾ tsp liquid smoke, 2 tbsp light brown sugar
  • If using a rack of ribs, cut into portions that contain 1-2 bones.
  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the ribs on each side until well browned, 4-6 minutes per side. Be sure to not crowd the skillet or the ribs will steam and not brown.
    2 tbsp neutral oil (grapeseed, corn, or vegetable), 2 lb ribs (spare, baby back, or country-style)
  • Once browned, place the ribs in a 4-6 quart slow cooker.
  • Pour the prepared sauce over the ribs, making sure all are coated.
  • Cover with lid and cook on low 6-8 hours. The ribs will be fall-apart tender. If a thickened sauce is desired, pour into a small kettle and simmer for 10-15 minutes to condense and thicken.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 253kcal
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Difficulty Easy
Method Slow Cooker
Pile of slow cooker short ribs on wooden cutting board with baked potatoes in the background.
Texture of the skin on short ribs on wooden cutting board with bbq sauce all over.
White marble surface with wooden cutting board with short ribs on top with bbq sauce drizzled all over.

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