Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Ribs

beef ribs slow cookerBeef Ribs have been around…well…forever I think. 🙂 We each have our own way of cooking them. Some are shared recipes and some are original. My preferred way is on a grill outside with friends and family. However, it is not always possible to do that in today’s busy world. That is why God invented the crock pot and thank goodness he did!!

I have to admit, slow cooking meat has turned into one of my favorite ways to cook thanks to my wonderful aunt. She bought me my Crock Pot about ten years ago and it still works as well as if it was bought yesterday.


  • 5-8 pounds of Beef Spare Ribs (We had 8 pounds in this recipe)
  • McCormick’s Grill Mates Sweet and Smoky Rub. (Note: That link shows a case of this spice, you can buy one at Walmart)
  • McCormick’s Grill Mates 5 Fiery Pepper, optional. (Note: Link shows a case of this spice.)
  • Jack Daniels Honey Smokehouse BBQ sauce (Note: Link shows 6 bottles.)
  • 1 large onion, cut into rings (A Mandoline is a life saver for things like this. It literally takes about 5-10 seconds to slice an entire large onion into perfect rings. For me, it often cuts my prep time down by more than half.)


  1. Slice onion and place in bottom of Crock Pot
  2. Lay out meat and sprinkle a generous amount of the Sweet and Smokey Rub on every inch of the meat’s top side. seasoned meat
  3. Sprinkle a generous amount of the 5 Fiery Pepper mix. (I usually eye-ball this according to our families likes. It really isn’t that hot but adds good flavor.)
  4. Rub all these spices into the meat very well. Don’t be afraid to get your hands messy!
  5. Cut ribs into sections of two so that they all fit into the Crock Pot.
  6. Start layering the meat across the onions and pour a good amount of BBQ sauce on each section of rib and sort of rub it all over.
  7. Continue to layer the meat and pour BBQ sauce on each piece until the pot is as full as you can get it.
  8. Turn crock pot on high and let cook about 4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours. This honestly depends on how well your pot works. Even on low mine tends to get super hot.

IMG_20130818_152049You can serve these with any side dish you like. Today I am making Broccoli, cheese and rice casserole with some corn on the cob. However, I generally like to make it with a twice baked potato (recipe to come soon) and my Grilled Vegetables.

Have fun and enjoy!!

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