Slow Cooker Roadhouse Ribs

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I cooked a big ole batch of baby back ribs in my slow cooker the other day. The recipe I used made for smoky barbecue-inspired ribs that came out tender and flavorful. These slow cooker roadhouse ribs are a tad bit different, but still tender and delicious. They’re packed with flavor, inside and out. There’s nothing worse than a rib whose flavor is only ‘skin deep’. You know the kind. Covered in sauce. You take one bite and as soon as you’re past the sauce … nothing. Nada. As boring as a cup of warm water. Not these ribs.

Slow Cooker Roadhouse Ribs

A Different Kind Of Rib

Now, sure, I’d prefer a rack of ribs off my smoker or grill, but sometimes that’s just not an option. And honestly, I can devour a rack of slow cooker roadhouse ribs just as quickly as one that has been smoked for 6 hours. They’re different. I don’t think they compete with each other. They’re different ways of cooking ribs, each with it’s own merits.

I prefer a spicy BBQ sauce on this roadhouse ribs. Well, usually. Sometimes I go the sweet route instead.

Slow Cooker Roadhouse Ribs
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Slow Cooker Roadhouse Ribs

These slow cooker roadhouse ribs are a tad bit different, but still tender and delicious. They’re packed with flavor, inside and out.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Keyword crockpot, ribs, slow cooker
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 87kcal



  • 1 rack ribs baby back or St. Louis-style spareribs, membrane removed, cut into 3-4 bone sections if necessary to fit into your slow cooker
  • 2 cans beer any style you like
  • 1 small onion skinned, cut into quarters
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • your favorite BBQ sauce


  • Add all ingredients except for the BBQ sauce to your slow cooker. Cook on low 6-8 hours or high 4-6 hours or until the meat has pulled back 1" from the bone. Stir every hour or so.
  • The ribs will be falling apart, so remove them carefully to a foil-lined baking sheet.
  • Brush the ribs on all sides with the BBQ sauce.
  • Place under an oven broiler on high for 5 or so minutes until the sauce is set and the ribs start to get a little char along the edges. Flip the ribs once.
  • Serve immediately, cutting into single bone servings if desired.


Calories: 87kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

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