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4 BBQ spare ribs served on a grey plate, garnished with rosemary.

Slow Cooker BBQ Pork

Spare ribs cooked in a slow cooker until lovely and tender. Flavoured with an amazing BBQ sauce.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American Inspiration
Keyword bbq pork spare ribs, easy bbq ribs, slow cooker pork ribs
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 20 minutes
Servings 6 spare ribs (4-6 people)
Calories 516 kcal
Author Nicolas



  1. Whisk your tomato ketchup, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, garlic cloves, smoked paprika, onion powder, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and salt in a large bowl.

  2. Put your spare ribs in the slow cooker, pour your bbq marinade on top, then mix the ribs through the bbq sauce, making sure they are well coated.

  3. Close the lid of the slow cooker, and cook the ribs on low for at least 8 hours.

  4. Once the ribs are cooked and beautifully tender, take them out of the slow cooker and then pour the remaining liquid in a pot.

  5. Skim the excess fat floating above the juices in the pot, and then bring those juices to a boil.

  6. Boil for about 10-15 minutes stirring every couple of minutes, and continue to boil until the sauce is reduced by half.

  7. Once your bbq sauce that is nice and thick, brush it over your ribs and then serve.

Recipe Notes

  • You can cook these ribs in the oven instead of the slow cooker if you wish, read the "Can you cook these ribs in the oven?" part of the post.
  • Just about any form of a cooked potato will go well with these bbq ribs. You can check out this Ultimate Guide on Cooking Potatoes post to prepare any potato side you wish.
  • This lemon and yoghurt coleslaw from my Pulled Pork Slider post will also be a fantastic side. As will this Charred Corn and Black Bean Salad recipe.
  • Feel free to use beef ribs instead of pork ribs.
  • You don't have to use spare ribs either, baby back ribs will also be fine.
  • If these are any other herbs, spices etc. that you think should be added to the bbq sauce, please don't hesitate to alter the recipe to your liking.
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker BBQ Pork
Amount Per Serving
Calories 516 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 13.4g84%
Cholesterol 119mg40%
Sodium 1284mg56%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 0.7g3%
Sugar 16.9g19%
Protein 26.5g53%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.