Fall Off the Bone Crock Pot Ribs

Fall Off the Bone Crock Pot Ribs

For some strange reason making ribs has always intimidated me.  I guess because it’s something other than boring chicken or a roast.  Who knows the real reason, but I finally decided to attempt ribs in the crock pot.  I bought two racks of baby back ribs a while ago and made one rack in the Instant Pot.  I wasn’t particularly impressed, so I wasn’t too thrilled about making the other rack that has been in the freezer making me feel guilty every time I open the freezer door to thaw my (boring) meat for dinner for the past month or so.

I knew there had to be an easier way than the Instant Pot for ribs, so the search was on for a great crock pot recipe.  Spend With Pennies NEVER disappoints!  I started with their Crock Pot Ribs recipe and tweaked the ingredients based on what I had on hand and the amount of ingredients I needed.  They turned out amazing!  I will never make ribs any other way from now on and I will no longer be intimidated by ribs!


  • 2 racks baby back ribs
  • 1 onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Barbecue sauce

Rib Rub

  • 2 Tbsp paprika
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp lemon pepper
  • 1 tsp salt


  1. Combine all of the ingredients of the Rib Rub together well.
  2. Remove the silver membrane on the back of the ribs.  Cut ribs into more manageable pieces for the crock pot.  I usually cut mine into sections of two ribs.
  3. Add water to the crock pot.  Coat ribs in the Rib Rub evenly and add to the crock pot with the onion and garlic.
  4. Cover ribs in a thin layer of barbecue sauce.
  5. Cook ribs on low for 8 – 10 hours or until tender.
  6. Add ribs to baking sheet and brush on a thin layer of barbecue sauce.  Place sheet of ribs in the oven under the broiler until they reach a desired crispiness.

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