Slow Cooker BBQ Country Style Ribs

These Slow Cooker BBQ Country Style Ribs are tender, juicy and so easy to make. With boneless, country style ribs, liquid smoke, brown sugar, onion and BBQ sauce this is a recipe that is delicious and kid-friendly!

I’ve always been a huge BBQ fan.  My husband and I are obsessed with a local BBQ joint and go there at least once a month so I can get my fill of BBQ ribs, brisket and all the sides.

We like to grill or use our smoker a lot during the summer months, but hate facing the bitter Utah winter weather to go out and barbecue during the colder months.

These Slow Cooker BBQ Country Style Ribs are easy to make, are tender and juicy and you get that tasty barbecue flavor without having to fire up the grill.

You could easily use another cut of meat for this recipe, but I like that country ribs are really meaty and that you don’t have to try and eat the meat off the bone.

Country ribs may have a little part of the shoulder bone on them, so check for that before cooking and you can easily cut it off.

How to Make Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs:

It’s almost embarrassing how easy it is to make these Slow Cooker BBQ Country Style Ribs.  My husband who is an avid meat smoker was so ashamed that I was making ribs in the slow cooker but he was whistling a different tune once he tried these!

Start by spraying your slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray and placing the ribs on the bottom of the slow cooker.

Next, pour a little bit of liquid smoke over the top of the ribs so it can soak right into the meat.  Liquid smoke can be really overpowering, so be sure to not over do it!

Sprinkle with salt and pepper, some brown sugar and a diced onion over the meat and then top with your favorite barbecue sauce.

Cover your slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

These ribs just fall apart and I love that you don’t have to worry about bones.  With little kids, I’m always looking for ways to help dinner time easier, so the fewer bones the better!

What to serve with ribs:

I think the barbecue style side dishes might be my favorite sides of all.  We like to serve these Slow Cooker BBQ Country Style Ribs with corn on the cob or our Slow Cooker Creamed Corn.

Our Copycat Famous Dave’s Cornbread Muffins and our Mom’s Easy Potato Salad are barbecue staples in our family.

The Best Slow Cooker Rib Recipes:

Serves: 8

Slow Cooker BBQ Country Style Ribs

Tender and juicy BBQ ribs made in the slow cooker.

5 minPrep Time

8 hrCook Time

8 hr, 5 Total Time

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  • 2 1/2 pounds boneless country style pork ribs
  • 2 Tablespoons liquid smoke
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 1 (18 ounce) bottle BBQ sauce


  1. Spray slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Place ribs on the bottom of the slow cooker.
  3. Pour a little liquid smoke over the ribs so it can soak into the meat. Don't over do it.
  4. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  5. Then sprinkle brown sugar and diced onion over the meat.
  6. Top with your favorite bbq sauce.
  7. Cover slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours.



2645 cal


134 g


131 g


222 g
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30 Responses to “Slow Cooker BBQ Country Style Ribs”

  1. Lorenzo de Eagledale
    I’m going to make this tomorrow in my crockpot. I love country ribs in the crockpot. I used to make these ribs a long time ago. That was because I had to learn how to cook easy meals after my wife left me for her girlfriend. It’s was times ‘that try a mans soul’ . But my crockpot stayed with me throughout these years.
  2. Cooked these yesterday after assembling last week as a freezer meal. With the COVID mess happening right now I wasn't able to get country ribs but had boneless pork chops which were pretty thick (about an inch). I put 1/2 cup water in the bottom of my pot because I didn’t want to get the burn notice and used high pressure for 40 minutes, then let them release naturally. They seemed a bit “dry” even though they were floating in liquid. I decided to put them back on and used high pressure again for 20 minutes and did a quick release. They were delicious though I still didn’t love the consistency of them. I think it was because they were lean chops instead of ribs. They were delicious but I would definitely use thinner chops and less cook time. Anyone know if I used too much time or not enough time? I’m new to Instant Pot cooking.
    • The recipe you commented on is the Slow Cooker BBQ country ribs. You can cook it for 30 minutes on the meat/stew button. We do have a few instant pot rib recipes. Here are the links: We also have a post that will help you convert recipes into Instant Pot recipes:
  3. I am so thankful for your stuff, especially the insta pot directions. I am a dad, who has never been a very good cook. And, I am now in charge of feeding my 2 boys and myself as my wife works through meal times most days. I love the simplicity of your meals and how I can have a nutritious wholesome meal ready to eat in less than an hour. My boys thank you also. I prepared this freezer meal this morning. I told my littlest that we were going to have it tomorrow night and let him smell the bag. He begged me to make it tonight. So we are going to have this meal tonight.

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