Slow Cooker Ribs Recipe | Brown Sugar Glazed Ribs

For the longest time, I never made ribs, other than during the 2 months of the year where outdoor grilling is comfortable in upstate New York. It just never occured to me to make a rack of ribs any other way than on the grill for hours.  But a few weeks ago we were low on groceries, and I knew we had a rack of ribs in the freezer, so I decided to make it – but I didn’t want to use the grill. So I developed this slow cooker ribs recipe.  It is really everything I was hoping for — the ribs literally fall off the bone with sweet, tangy goodness. If you are a ribs connoisseur — and my hubby sure is! — you’ll love this recipe.

The best part? It takes about 5 minutes hands on time. I love me some weeknight ribs!  Add a baked potato and you have an easy meal that, with a little prep, can be thrown together easily.slow cooker ribs

Slow Cooker Ribs

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 ounces tomato paste (1/2 can)
  • 1/2 cup smoky barbecue sauce
  • 3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • pinch of cumin
  • pinch of salt and pepper


1. Place a rack of ribs into a slow cooker. You may need to cut the rib in half or thirds to get it to fit. (I just got this Crock Pot and I love it!)

2. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. You may want to check after 6 hours. If you let it go too long, all the meat will just completely fall off the bone. If this does happen, no problem — then it becomes pulled shredded pork, and you can eat it on crusty rolls.

3. Enjoy! When I made this recipe for my family, I was worried that 1 rack of ribs was too much. Not so much. Every morsel of meat was nibbled up by my kids and hubby!

If you like this recipe, you’ll love my Secret Ingredient Crock Pot Chili Recipe!

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