The No-Fail Recipe For Fall-Off-The-Bone Ribs

Fall-off-the-bone tender pork ribs cooked all day in the slow-cooker. This super easy recipe takes less than 10 minutes to prep, from start to finish! These pork ribs are so tender and flavorful with a simple BBQ rub, soaked in  a saucy goodness.

Nothing says comfort food like meals made in the slow-cooker, and with summer winding down, a go-to recipe for fall-off-the-bone ribs is a staple every rib fan needs in their repertoire!

Most likely, you’ll have everyone you need on hand to make a quick, and simple – yet flavorful, dry rub for your rack of ribs! After sprinkling a very generous amount of your homemade spice rub, slather these ribs up with your favorite BBQ sauce for good measure. These ribs are SO good!

Slow-Cooker Saucy BBQ Ribs

Serves 4


  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 3 tbsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 rack Smithfield Prime St. Louis-Style Spareribs
  • 2 1/2 to 3 lbs. of pork ribs (I used St. Louis Style because they’re meatier)
  • 2 cups BBQ sauce, plus more for serving


  1. About one hour before you plan to start cook, make the rub: In a mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Pat the ribs dry with paper towels. Using a knife, remove the thin membrane attached to the underside of the ribs. Sprinkle both sides ribs with the rub.
  2. Place the ribs in the slow-cooker, on their side (standing up) with the meatier side facing the inner wall. Pour the barbecue sauce over the ribs on both sides and let it drip down.
  3. Close the lid and cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 8 hours, until the ribs are very tender (meat easily comes off the bone and/or the ribs separate without much effort).
  4. Using tongs, gently move the ribs to a large platter or cutting board and spoon some of the cooking juices all over the rack. Cut into slabs of 3-4 and serve.
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