Fall Off The Bone BBQ Ribs

Father’s Day is one week away . . . and I have the perfect dinner idea for you!

I love a good BBQ- and I am actually returning home from a weekend in Texas today where I had some AMAZING BBQ (you just can’t find BBQ like that in Utah!). Anyway, I came across this recipe a couple of years ago and it’s now my go-to recipe for special occasions or when I need to impress my dinner guests.

These ribs will make everyone thing that you slaved all day, but all you have to do is pop them in the slow cooker with 2 simple ingredients, let them simmer all day, then throw them on the grill for a couple of minutes while you slather them in BBQ sauce. It couldn’t be any easier and the ribs literally fall apart from slow cooking all day. And even though they are fully cooked, the grilling is icing on the cake- the BBQ sauce turns to a sticky glaze and they are incredibly delicious.

I promise that your dinner guests will be in BBQ heaven if you make these!

(Warning: you will need A LOT of napkins to clean your hands off when you are done!)

Serves: 6

Fall Off The Bone BBQ Ribs

These ribs are so simple to make - throw them in the slow cooker to tenderize all day, then toss them on the grill to caramelize the BBQ sauce and seal in all the flavors. Holy cow . . . these are amazing!

15 minPrep Time

8 hrCook Time

8 hr, 15 Total Time

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  • 1 (2-3 lb) rack of ribs (I use pork loin ribs)
  • 3 1/2 cups pineapple juice (reserving 1/4 cup for later)
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 (16 oz) bottle BBQ sauce (I love Famous Dave's Rich and Sassy sauce)


  1. Spray the slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray (or use a slow cooker liner to make clean up a breeze!).
  2. Take your slab of ribs (make sure that they are defrosted) and cut into individual slabs (about 2-3 ribs each). Throw the ribs into the slow cooker.
  3. Mix the pineapple juice and brown sugar together and pour over the ribs. Put the lid back on the slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 7-8 hours or LOW for 10-12 hours.
  4. After they are done in the slow cooker, use tongs to gently pull them out (they will literally fall apart when you touch them). Turn the grill on medium heat. While the grill is warming up, mix together the bottle of BBQ sauce and the 1/4 cup of pineapple juice you saved from earlier.
  5. Place the ribs gently on the grill and and brush with BBQ sauce. Turn the ribs twice, slathering with more sauce each time (you can't have enough sauce!); they will take about 10-15 minutes to glaze over (as soon as that sauce starts to turn sticky, you know they are done!).
  6. Serve immediately and enjoy!
Recipe Type: Main Dish

Recipe slightly adapted from Domestication in Progress.


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80 Responses to “Fall Off The Bone BBQ Ribs”

  1. I think you have officially solved my dilemma of what to make for our Father's Day shindig! These ribs look a.maz.ing. I'm wondering whether I could cook them in the slow cooker a day ahead of time and put them in the fridge, then pull them out when it is time to BBQ them on the grill with the sauce? I'm going to try it! Thanks, Camille!
  2. Lauren
    I made these ribs last night, and holy smokes they were awesome! I cook a lot of pinterest recipes and this is one of the BEST!!! I followed the recipe exactly, just changed out the BBQ sauce for some sticky fingers sauce:) VERY easy and VERY good:)
  3. Astrid
    I just made these...SOOO Tasty...The meat realy fell rigt off the bone...I prepard them 6 hours on high and 2 hours on low in the crockpot en then 10 minutes on the bbq and added some honey to the bbqsause and pineappeljuice.
  4. Marianne Sue
    Camille, I made these ribs in my slow cooker yesterday. I was very skeptical that they would be too sweet, but I followed your instructions anyway since they received such good comments. I was not disappointed. I put some Sweet and Spicy Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce on them and put them under the broiler. They were SO delicious! I took the leftovers to work today and made everyone drool. :)
  5. Susan Zutautas
    Wow do these ever sound good! I make my ribs in the oven and my family loves them. I'll have to try your recipe because I use my crock pot so often in the summer. If you'd like to see my recipe here's the link. http://just-ask-susan.hubpages.com/hub/Pork-Ribs-That-Taste-Like-They-Were-Barbequed
  6. mary novack
    I made these when we were camping. Filled crockpot w/ 3-4 pound of ribs. This was the most amazing meal I've ever made! Four kids and hubby LOVED these. So tendy, perfectly done after 7 hours on high. Grilled about 15 minutes. FABULOUS recipe. Wouldn't change a thing. Thank you so much for posting this! Hint: I added microwave corn on the cob to this meal - snapped 4 husked cobs in half, put on paper plate, covered w/ damp paper towel, miked for 7.5 minutes and had perfect corn to go w/ the perfect ribs!
  7. I made this recipe last week when my girlfriend's mom was in town visiting since on of her favorite foods is ribs. What a GREAT recipe! Thanks so much! Since I had read on the comments that the ribs were a little hard to handle coming out of the slow cooker, what I did was let them rest for about 30-45 minutes before finishing them off on the grill. Gently using my tongs, I removed the ribs from the slow cooker and placed them onto a baking sheet covered in foil. I let the ribs rest while prepping the rest of the meal - peeled, cut and steamed the potatoes, cut and started baking the brussel spouts, prepped asparagus for grilling and warmed the grill. Then I took the ribs outside to finish with the BBQ glaze for 15 minutes. Once off the grill, all I had to do was finish the potatoes in the kitchen aid. My girlfriend and her mom were both very impressed! I have to say, these are the best ribs I've ever made! I'm making them again today but for more people. Do I need to change the amount of pineapple juice and brown sugar if I'm cooking 2 racks of ribs instead of one? I figured as long as the ribs were 90% covered by the liquid in the slow cooker, I'll be okay. What do you guys think?
  8. I made these on high for 7-8hrs but didnt grill them and they tasted fantastic, fell off the bone as they should. Though the meat was actually a bit dry, it was from walmart unfortunately but thats really the only option here, any ideas to help with this?
  9. jerry t.
    this is from a famous chef in mass. wrap ribs in plastic wrap.place on a baking sheet.put in oven at 200 for 3 to 4 hrs.dont worry he plastic wrap will be fine.take out of oven unwrap lather with bq sauce place on grill till slightly chared.yum.
  10. Shaleese
    Had these for dinner and they were INCREDIBLE!!! Oh my gosh they were so good, with each bite my husband and I kept raving. Thank you for this recipe. We will eating ribs a lot more now. So so good!!! You guys haven't let me don't with recipes.
  11. Gina castro
    I agree I boil mine to for about 1 1/2 hours put them in a ziplock freezer bag to marinate for as long as you like . After I out them in broiler bout 10 min on each side omg they are amazing taste just like we did them on our BBQ pit soooooo amazing :)
  12. Brigid
    I made these ribs for 4th of July. They were fantastic! I didn't have 7 hrs so I baked them in the pineapple and brown sugar sauce for 3 hrs on 350. Than I made my own barbecue sauce that I always use but added the pineapple juice Instead of water. It turned out great. Thank you for the recipe.
  13. I do not boil ribs; that leaves them tasteless! Rather, I put a rub on all sides of my ribs then put 4 single country style ribs/half rack/whole rack in double thick foil packets. I put an ice cube under every 2-3 ribs before folding the foil over and sealing the top and sides. I cook the packets about 30 minutes on a 325-350 degree grill. They come out steamed and tasty because of the ice and do not get burned. Be careful opening the foil packet though because of the steam. I finish the ribs on the grill with BBQ sauce. Yummy!!
  14. Michelle
    I've never made ribs before and I am anxious to try this one. I'm confused. Am I supposed to take the membrane off first before putting them in the crockpot? Any help would be great especially those that have already made this. Thanks
  15. Freddie Ann
    We LOVE BBQ ribs around our house! I can't wait to try this recipe....we always use Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce...I'm sure it will be just as yummy as yours! We love to experiment with new recipes and make up our own...this sounds YUMMY!
  16. These ribs were good, but using the boneless ribs, made it almost impossible to get the ribs out of the crock pot. They fell apart into several tiny pieces. It was even worse on the grill. Several pieces fell into the grill because they were so tender. What we were able to salvage, did taste great.
    • Hi Tara. We have not tried the chicken breasts with this recipe. But I'm sure it would work great. We don't know the exact cooking time. So you will need to keep on eye on them until they are cooked through. Most Slow Cooker chicken recipes take anywhere from 4-8 hours.

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