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Pork Baby Back Ribs Recipes

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Crock Pot Ribs

A Crockpot Baby Back Ribs Recipe that is SO easy to make! Learn how to make slow cooker ribs that are delicious and fall off the bone tender!

Prep Time : 10 minutes

Cook Time : 4 hours 15 minutes

Total Time : 4 hours 25 minutes

Serving : 4

Section 1: Ingredients

  • 2.5 lbs baby back ribs

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon pepper

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon cumin

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • ½ cup water OR beer, apple juice, broth

  • ¼ cup BBQ sauce

Section 2: Directions

1. Remove the membrane from ribs. The best way to do this is to stick a butter knife under the membrane and pull the membrane from the back with a paper towel (it’s hard to grip and the paper towel helps!)

2. Mix together dry rub.

3. Spray both sides of ribs with olive oil cooking spray

4. Coat both sides of the ribs generously with the dry rub. You can gently press the rub into the ribs so it adheres. Optional: let the ribs sit with the dry rub for 5-10 minutes.

5. Pour the liquid in the crockpot. Place the ribs in a greased crockpot. You can lay flat if they’ll fit or curl so that they fit in the crockpot.

6. Cook on low for 4-5 hours. We don’t recommend cooking on high.

7. After 4 hours, preheat the oven to 425.

8. Gently remove the ribs from the crockpot and place on a nonstick foil lined baking sheet.

9. Top with barbecue sauce and bake for 15 minutes.

10. Slice & enjoy!

Substitutions for crockpot ribs recipe:

Ribs: You can use St. Louis Ribs in place of baby back ribs. They might take a little bit longer to cook, so just ensure they have an internal cooking temp of 145°.

Salt: You can use less salt if you are watching your sodium intake.

Brown Sugar: You can use coconut sugar in place of brown sugar. If you are doing Whole30, you can skip the sugar but we really recommend it. It adds a lot of flavor!

Liquid: Any liquid will work in the crockpot. Water, beer, apple juice or broth all work.

BBQ Sauce: You can use any kind of BBQ Sauce on these ribs.

Oven Baked Baby Back Ribs

These tender ribs are slow-cooked in the oven after being seasoned with a flavorful spice rub followed by a sweet and smoky barbecue sauce to finish them off.

PREP TIME 15 minutes

COOK TIME 2 hours 40 minutes

TOTAL TIME 3 hours 5 minutes

Section 1: Ingredients

Ribs and Dry Rub:

  • 2½ to 3 pounds of baby back ribs

  • ⅓ cup light brown sugar, packed

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

  • 2 tablespoons onion powder

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika

  • 2½ teaspoons fresh cracked black pepper

  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard

  • 1 teaspoon cumin

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg


  • ½ cup barbecue sauce, your favorite brand

  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar

Section 2: Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 300°F.

2. Add the sugars, onion powder, kosher salt, paprika, black pepper, ground mustard, cumin, cayenne pepper, and nutmeg to a small mixing bowl and whisk to combine.

3. You will need to carefully remove the opaque membrane that covers the underside of the ribs with a small knife. Lift the corner edge of the membrane and carefully slide the knife’s edge underneath. Continue lifting the membrane up while cutting. Once you have this process started, you should be able to use your fingers to pull the membrane away.

4. Tear a long piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil, long enough to cover the rack of ribs. Lay it over a baking sheet.

5. Place the rack of ribs, meaty side down and bone side up, in the middle of the foil.

6. Generously spread ⅓ of the dry rub over the bones and rub into the bones. Flip the ribs over and spread the remaining dry rub over the top of the ribs and rub.

7. Crimp the seams of the foil together. Roll up the ends of the foil to seal.

8. Bake for 2 hours 30 minutes.

9. Remove the ribs from the oven. Increase the oven temperature to broil.

10. Add ½ cup barbecue sauce and the 3 tablespoons of brown sugar to a small mixing bowl. Whisk to combine.

11. Carefully open the foil. Spoon and spread the sauce over the top of the ribs.

12. Return the ribs to the oven to broil the sauced ribs for 2 to 3 minutes, just to caramelize the sauce. Remove the ribs from the oven and allow them to rest for 10 minutes before separating the individual ribs.


~ It is very important to remove the membrane from the ribs before baking. The membrane acts as a barrier to the rub and will also lessen the flavor of the ribs.

~ You can use a double layer of foil instead of 1 layer of foil and a baking sheet to cook the ribs in the oven.

~ Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to keep a close eye on your ribs as the suggested baking time approaches.

The Best Fall-Off-The-Bone Baby Back Ribs

Section 1: Ingredients

  • 1-3 Racks Baby Back Pork Ribs

  • Mustard

  • Rub spice mix of your choice

  • Honey

  • Brown Sugar

  • Butter

  • Apple Juice

  • Apple Cider Vinegar

Section 2: Directions


1. Start smoker on 225 degrees F. 

2. Trim all ribs of any excess fat.

3. Remove membrane using a paper towel from back of rib rack (this allows more flavor throughout the ribs)

4. Cover with light layer of mustard

5. Sprinkle racks generously with rub on both sides

6. Place ribs directly on smoker and smoke, spritzing with apple juice every 30 minutes, until internal temp reads 160 degrees F. 

7. Lay ribs upside down on foil

8. Add brown sugar (LOTS!), butter, honey, apple juice and a dash of apple cider vinegar

9. Double wrap in foil and place back in smoker and cook at 225 until internal temp reads 204 degrees F.

10. Remove from foil (watch out for steam!) and if desired, sauce ribs generously and return to smoker for an additional 30 minutes or until sauce tightens.

11. Slice between rib bones and serve



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