Crock Pot Country Ribs

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Everything you need to know about making delicious, melt-in-your-mouth Crock Pot Country Ribs, including tips for making them perfectly tender.

Sitting down to a meal of sticky, fall-off-the-bone ribs may be one of life's greatest pleasures!

This recipe for Sticky Spicy Slow-Cooked Ribs, is one of our favorites, producing an absolutely mouth-watering dish that your whole family will love!

Just be sure to have plenty of napkins handy!

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs Photo

What's the difference between spare ribs and baby back ribs?

This recipe called for baby back ribs, but will work well with spare ribs too.!

Spare ribs and baby back ribs are the most commonly sold type of ribs, and they're both delicious!

Baby back ribs are also known as pork loin back ribs, back ribs or loin ribs. Back ribs come from where the rib meets the spine after the loin is removed.

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs Picture

The upper ribs are what are referred to as the 'baby' back ribs - but don't worry, these ribs don’t actually come from baby pigs!  They are only referred to as ‘baby’ back because they are significantly shorter than spareribs.

Spareribs are also known as breastbone-off pork spareribs, and come from the belly of the pig, once the belly itself has been removed. You will notice a slab of spareribs tends to be more rectangular than baby back ribs. Spareribs are much more bony than baby back, but have a higher fat content, which makes for much more flavor. 

Should ribs be marinated before cooking?

There is much debate over whether ribs should be marinated or not!

The problem with marinating is that some marinades can be quite acidic, which breaks the meat down significantly.

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs Image

Another common mistake when cooking ribs is not removing the membrane from the back.

Before cooking your ribs, you should flip your rack upside down and remove the membrane carefully by running a knife under it, and using your hands to pull it away. Although the membrane is perfectly edible, it tends to toughen up during the cooking process. For perfectly tender ribs, removing this membrane is key. 

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs Pic

While this recipe has a total cooking time of 5 hours 15 minutes, only 30 minutes of that is hands on. This means you can put the ribs on to cook while you get other things done... or perhaps even put your feet up!

Crock Pot Country Ribs

    12 Servings


  • 2 racks Baby Back Ribs
  • Kosher Salt and Black Pepper
  • 3 1/4 cups Apricot Preserves
  • 1 cup Ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Prepared Yellow Mustard
  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
  • 6 cloves Garlics
  • 2 cans Chipotle Pepper in Adobo, finely chopped
  • 1 1-inch piece Fresh Ginger, finely chopped
  • Hot Sauce, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons Cornstarch


  1. Cut the ribs into 2-rib pieces for easy handling while eating; season the rib portions generously with salt and pepper. Arrange the ribs in a slow-cooker. 
  2. Whisk together the apricot preserves, ketchup, mustard, soy sauce, garlic, chipotles, ginger and hot sauce. Drizzle the ribs with half of the mixture; flip them over and drizzle with the remaining half. Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or high for 3-4. 
  3. Once the ribs are cooked, pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  4. Line a baking sheet with foil and place the ribs in a single layer. Skim the fat from the juices, and transfer the juices into a small saucepan.
  5. Mix cornstarch with 3 tablespoons of water in a small water and slowly pour the mixture into the saucepan with the juices. Cook to desired thickness - we prefer it quite thick so it coats the ribs well. 
  6. Brush both sides of the ribs with the sauce and bake; every 10-15 minutes, turn the ribs and brush with more sauce. The ribs should be glazed and sticky on both sides once ready, about 45 minutes, Serve the ribs with extra sauce on the side.
Source: Food Network
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Cooking Method:
Slow Cooker
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Author: The Editors at Food Fanatic
Source: Food Network
Recipe Yields: 12 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 285 minutes
Total Time: 315 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 12

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 55
Calories 341

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g
  Saturated Fat 2g
Sodium 713mg
Total Carbohydrate 63g
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 57g
Protein 7g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.