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Southern Style Slow Cooker Ribs

Southern Style Slow Cooker Ribs are savory, baby back ribs that are fall-off the bone tender. The secret to their amazing flavor is to slather the ribs with a brown sugar and spice dry rub before cooking. Finish with your favorite BBQ sauce under the broiler or on the grill!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time :15 minutes
Cook Time :6 hours
Total Time :6 hours 15 minutes
Servings :4 servings
Calories :593
Course :Main Course



  • Start by cutting the onion into thick slices and placing them in a layer in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  • With a sharp knife,remove the membrane from the back of the ribs with a knife. Cut the ribs into portion sized pieces, usually 3-4 ribs each.
  • In a small bowl mix the brown sugar and spices with a spoon until well blended. Using your fingers, rub the mixture all over the ribs, both front and back.
  • Place the ribs in the slow cooker, and set to low. Cook for 6-8 hours.
  • When the ribs are cooked, remove them from the slow cooker to a sheet or broil pan lined with foil.
  • Preheat the broiler to high and raise the oven rack to the second highest shelf setting.
  • Brush 1/2 of the BBQ sauce over the ribs, coating both sides. Place under the broiler for about 3 minutes, until the BBQ sauce starts to bubble and caramelize.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and repeat with another layer of BBQ sauce. Place under the broiler again for about 3 minutes until the ribs have a second coat of caramelized sauce.
  • Remove the ribs from the broiler and let stand a few minutes to cool before serving.

Chef Tips

Depending on the size of the ribs and the slow cooker, cooking time may range from 6-8 hours.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 3ribsCalories: 593kcalCarbohydrates: 67gProtein: 29gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 99mgSodium: 1590mgPotassium: 661mgFiber: 2gSugar: 56gVitamin A: 345IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 105mgIron: 2mg

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