CrockPot Barbecue Beef Ribs

Day 35.

Why is barbecue sauce spelled with a "C" when the abbreviation is "BBQ?" That makes no sense.
It should be barbeQue.
I think we should take a stand.

I don't eat many ribs. I don't like to have messy fingers and I don't like to have to floss immediately after (or during) a meal. But I love barbecue sauce, and I love the chewy, meaty flavor of good ribs.

So about once a year I give in and make them. I've only made them in the oven once, and I did it on a very low setting and cooked them in foil for about 3 1/2 hours. They were tender and juicy and fell off the bone.

But then I tried them in the crockpot and haven't gone back to the oven. I only wish we had a dog for all these bones.

edited 10/13/10: sometimes I say things just because they pop in my head, and for no other reason. I was alerted by a vet that bones such as this are actually NOT good to give to dogs. I'm so glad to know this, because I was under the misimpression that it was fine. It's always better to be safe than sorry!:
Love your recipes but have to object to one statement you made in the BBQ ribs recipe about giving your dog the bones. Dogs should not be given cooked bones of any kind at any time and should never be given flat bones like rib bones at any time whether cooked or uncooked. Uncooked long bones are fine if the dog is supervised. Thanks.
Douglas B. Koch DVM

The Ingredients

--5lbs of ribs (the ones pictured are English Short Ribs)
--bottle of favorite barbecue sauce
--one diced yellow onion
--8 cloves of garlic, smashed and chopped
--2 chopped green onions
--pinch of black pepper

The Directions:

--while chopping vegetables, brown ribs on a broiler sheet for 15 minutes at 400 degrees.
--put ribs in the bottom of your stoneware
--put chopped veggies on top
--cover with entire bottle of barbecue sauce
--add pinch of pepper
--cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours, high for 4-6

--Serve with corn on the cob and white rice.

p.s. Amy over at Caffinated Cropper tagged me to see which of the past month's recipes were my favorite. I've answered in her comments.
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Posted by: Stephanie O'Dea | A Year of Slow Cooking at February 04, 2008

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  1. those look so yummy! I tagged you come over and's not a bad one...LOL...:-)

  2. Wow, these look incredibly good!! I'm also a big fan of bbq sauce flavor :-)

  3. I came over from Kay's blog and I have to echo her sentiments. I think I may already love you!! And someday, when I am feeling brave and energetic enough to tackle this recipe (even the simplest of recipes scare me), my husband I'm quite certain, will develop a crush too!! :)

  4. do you think this would work just as well with pork ribs or would it need to be beef ribs? just curious. thanks :-)

  5. Maria, Yes! It would (and does!) totally work with pork ribs.

  6. Anonymous2/04/2008

    A friend of mine found you and sent me a link to your site.

    YOU ARE MY HERO! I heart the CrockPot!

    I'm looking forward to trying your recipes! Thank-you!

  7. Anonymous2/05/2008

    I am going to try your receipe today! I love your blog, you are so witty!

  8. Those ribs sound pretty good. I have pork ribs with pretty good success in my crockpot. Hats off to you for doing 365 straight days of crockpot cooked meals. Even though cooking in a crockpot is pretty easy it takes a lot of planning to allow for the long cooking times of some of these things. Good luck going ahead. If you need a couple ideas take a look at my page. I'm still adding but I have had some good success making pulled pork, brisket and sweet potatoes.

  9. ok-we are giving this a try with country style ribs! you are hysterical in your blog and have great ideas with the CrockPot what a wonderful combination! thanks for the site! have you ever been featured on Rachel Ray?! if not, you should be!

  10. Anonymous9/17/2008

    These look amazing! I am so going to try ribs this winter.
    Just a reminder to those of your readers who do have dogs.. please don't feed your dogs cooked bones. The bones splinter and can cause serious internal damage (not to mention serious damage to your bank account after visitin the vet in the middle of the night). I am very pro raw bones, but that's a whole 'nother post.
    Keep up the good work!

  11. Anonymous12/03/2008

    I just found your site today and I think it's pretty awesome.

  12. Anonymous2/24/2009

    I just found your site today. I have only had my crockpot for a week, and I'm in love with it! Tonight is sweet and sour chicken, but I am making this recipe with pork ribs tomorrow. THANK YOU!! I love your blog!

  13. Made these last night (used pork ribs instead). Very well received at the office potluck.

  14. I tried these ribs & they fell right off the bone..maybe it was the bbq sauce that I used (Jack Daniels BBQ sauce) but they weren't sweet enough. I thought I'd try this recipe again, but this time with some brown sugar & maybe maple syrup. Any suggestions?
    smiles, Lori

  15. I had never made ribs before- ever. Made these yesterday using country-style pork ribs and our favorite sauce (KC Masterpiece.) DELISH! Everyone was a huge fan and these are definitly going into the rotation. Super easy with great results. Thanks Steph!

  16. Anonymous9/09/2009

    I am a novice with my slow cooker but am learning fast! Your blog is terrific. I was wondering, is it okay if the ribs are stacked in the slow cooker, or should they be in a single layer? I would like to make a lot at once. Thanks!

    Tampa, FL

  17. Hi Emily,

    stacked is just fine! They'll cook wonderfully.
    xoxo steph

  18. Hi stephanie!

    I just found your site a few weeks ago and i LOVE it! I am pregnant with my third baby and cooking dinner in the morning has saved my life!! So thank you!!!!! I am gonna try these ribs this week - they look delicious!!!

    Also - I live in Canada and we do spell Barbeque with a q! :) I wonder why we do and you don't. Maybe the same reason you say Zee and we say Zaid. strange.

    thanks again!


  19. Anonymous1/27/2010

    I have been reading your site for about six months now, and I have made many of your recipes. Most turn out great and are delicous.

    I made this rib recipe though and one other, I cannot remember which, and the ribs turn out nice and tender, they fall apart. But the sauce turns oily and runny, and quite frankly does not taste good anymore. Is there something I am doing wrong, or do you have sugggestions for how to correct this?

  20. Anonymous2/15/2010

    I just discovered your site today and I am "tickled pink" to see so many. I am always looking for slo-cooker recipes but have not tried any of yours yet but tomorrow I will for sure. Thank you.

  21. Try throwing in a beer, it adds an interesting flavor to the ribs. I'm not a big drinker, but again, it's an interesting taste.

  22. Christi Tipton2/26/2011

    I thought I'd let you know I'm a new fan (thanks to rave reviews from a friend of mine). I made your BBQ ribs (pork) today and they turned out delicious. My husband went back for seconds, and can't wait to have more tomorrow ;) He is already planning on making these ribs again for our daughter's Summer party for the grownups, tho I'm sure the kids will love them too! Thanks!

  23. Anonymous3/04/2011

    I made your bbq ribs recipe last night. They turned out wonderfully. Thank you for giving me an alternative that is quick, easy and gluten free.

  24. Anonymous4/16/2011

    I found this site yesterday, while lookinfpg for a way to make rice in a slow cooker. My kitchen is being remodeled at the moment and there have been issues with some of the cabinets. Hence all I have right now is an oven - no cook top yet! So I have had to find other means for cooking meals. Needless to say, I think this is a great way to experiment with my slow cooker. I have used it for many items in the past. Lamb shanks do particularly well being cooked by this method. I am looking forward to trying more of your ideas.

  25. Sounds amazing! Going to try this with corn on the cob and baked potatoes!

  26. These were awesome. I think I'm in love with you.

    Here's where I made them:

  27. MAQuinonez5/22/2012

    Great recipe. I do it with pork ribs,beer and our home-made sauce.

    BTW, Barbecue comes from the Spanish word, Barbacoa, which would account for the "c" instead of a "q"

    Great blog.

    From South of the Border... down México way.

  28. Mexrick5/23/2012

    Hi Steph. Here in Baja, we BBQ pork all the time. Carnitas are a staple!! I love BBQ'd ribs so much I bought a Crockpot BBQ Pit just for the racks of baby back ribs we do for a Sunday family gathering. I used to use my 6 qt. Crockpot but the pit is much better for ribs. I can do enough at one time to feed 12-15 people. It's been a while since we've chatted but I though I'd throw you a bone- pun intend. You mentioned BBQ sauce. E-mail me (you should have my addy). I have a KILLER BBQ sauce recipe I'll share... but only with you!!! You've been a lot of fun to yak with over the years.

  29. Hi! LOVE the blog! Huge fan already and just discovered it today! I've never used a broiler sheet before and was wondering if you do that in the oven(sorry if thats a stupid question). Also, do you need to turn your ribs on the sheet so all sides get brown?

  30. Hi Jenn,
    Yup, in the oven! It's the pan that comes with the oven, which has the rack on top. If I'm going to brown the ribs, I put the ribs on them and then broil for about 15 min, flipping once. It's not necessary to do this step, though, if you don't want to. I've made tons of ribs without browning them first and they always come out great.

    The recipe posted above was 4 years ago when I was first starting out on my crockpotting adventure, and I've learned A LOT since then!!:-) and now eat lots and lots of ribs...

    it's funny how tastes change in only a few years! Here are all the rib recipes on the site.

  31. I don't eat ribs, but my dd and my hubby love them. This is great bc now I can make ribs for them without any effort and make something else for myself :-) I am totally embracing my crock pot thismyr as my oldest dd just started school and I am using it as a time/schedule saver! She is GF (among other things) so I love your blog :-)

  32. I've made ribs in the crock pot before, but not for a long while. However, I've never browned them first so I'm curious as to whether this is important? I always threw them in, dumped in a bottle of BBQ sauce and turned the pot on, letting them cook several hours.

  33. Read on a few sites that said cooking ribs in Coke help break down the fat and soften up the meat. So I followed the recipe above, poured an 8oz can of Pepsi (I'm from NC) in the bottom of the crock, put the ribs in, added a few chopped pears and juice, sauteed onions on top, and poured over a really thick Sweet Bourbon Glaze (Parsons Gen'l Store, Morehead City, NC) over all of it. Wow. Now I'm just trying to decide whether to spoon the sauce over rice or egg noodles. Be creative. Awesome way to slow cook ribs.

  34. Sounds yummy - making them now :-P