This slow cooker baby back ribs recipe is an easy and delicious way to enjoy a classic ribs dinner with minimal fuss. All you need is a few simple ingredients and a few hours in the slow cooker. Here’s what you’ll need to make your own slow cooker baby back ribs:
- 2 racks of baby back ribs (approximately 3-4 pounds each)
- 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce
- 1/4 cup of brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon of onion powder
- 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder (optional)
Making slow cooker baby back ribs is a breeze. First, remove the membrane from the back of each rack of ribs. To do this, slide a butter knife under the membrane and gently peel it away. Discard the membrane and pat the ribs dry with paper towels. Place the racks of ribs in the slow cooker.
Next, make the sauce. In a small bowl, mix together the apple cider vinegar, barbecue sauce, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, pepper, salt, and chili powder (if using). Pour the sauce over the ribs, making sure they are evenly coated. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours, or until the ribs are fall-apart tender.
When the ribs are done cooking, preheat your oven to 350°F. Transfer the ribs to a rimmed baking sheet and brush them with some of the leftover sauce from the slow cooker. Bake for 15 minutes, until the ribs are lightly charred. Serve the ribs warm with extra sauce on the side.
One serving (1/2 rack) of slow cooker baby back ribs contains approximately 461 calories, 24.4 grams of fat, 38.3 grams of protein, and 17.3 grams of carbohydrates. It also has 7.9 grams of dietary fiber and 8.1 grams of sugar. The ribs are a great source of vitamins A, C, and B6, as well as iron, magnesium, and potassium.
These slow cooker baby back ribs are a tasty and easy way to enjoy a classic ribs dinner without having to spend hours in the kitchen. They’re packed with flavor, and the slow cooking process ensures that the ribs come out tender and juicy every time. Enjoy!