Slowcooker BBQ Spareribs Recipe

Our Mom made this recipe for us about once a month and would have to double the recipe because we could eat ALL of it in one sitting! This recipe is made with Country Style ribs so you get a lot more tender rib meat!

I am a die hard rib fanatic.  I could eat them all the time. These ribs are SO easy that you can easily dump it in the slow cooker and walk away for the day. Then, when you are ready to eat, you can serve them at dinner time.

This recipe can easily be made into a freezer meal that literally takes only a couple of minutes to prepare. Read the instructions below, or watch the video of how we make this recipe into an easy freezer meal.

The best part is, you can make these ribs in an instant pot as well. They are quick, delicious, and taste just as perfect.

How to Make BBQ Spareribs in the Instant Pot

This recipe is one of the easy ones to make into an Instant Pot Recipe! Follow these steps and you will be fine.

  1. Place your spareribs into the bottom of the instant pot.
  2. Add all of your ingredients right on top. It doesn’t matter the order, just make sure they are all in there!
  3. This is the part that is different! Add 1/2 cup of water into the pot!
  4. Push “Manual” and set the timer for 30 minutes. (Remember it takes about 10-15 minutes to pressurize – that extra time is not counted in the timer). Then let it release on it’s own. (You can do a quick release if you must though!

what else could i use the sauce with?

I love this sauce. It has the most amazing flavor, and it tenderizes meat nicely.

If you are looking to try it with another meat, here are a few we recommend:

  • steak marinade
  • pork chops (you could marinade them and grill them, or put them in the slow cooker)
  • chicken (again you could marinade the chicken and grill it, or put it in the slow cooker)
  • pork roast (this makes and amazing pulled pork sandwich)

would any vinegar work for this recipe?

For this recipe, we have only made it using distilled white vinegar. However, I am sure any vinegar would work great with this recipe.

Just needs a little extra punch to give it that extra tender texture and bring out the sweeter flavor of the meat.

Related recipe: Don’t have vinegar? No problem! Try our Slow Cooker Country Style BBQ Ribs.

looking for more rib recipes? here are a few of our favorite:

Serves: 4

Slowcooker BBQ Spareribs Recipe

These ribs were one of our favorite meals growing up! And they seriously could not be easier to make.

5 minPrep Time

6 hrCook Time

6 hr, 5 Total Time

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  • 1.5-2 lbs of country style boneless spareribs (I have also used bone-in)
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning (or seasoned salt works great too)
  • 1/2 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup vinegar


  1. Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Place pork in crockpot.
  3. Mix remaining ingredients together in a bowl and pour over pork.
  4. Cook on HIGH for 3 hours or LOW for 6 hours.


To make this a quick and easy freezer meal, place ribs in resealable gallon-sized freezer bag. Mix remaining ingredients together in a bowl and pour over pork. Mix together in bag and zip closed.
When ready to eat, remove from freezer and thaw in fridge for 24 hours. Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray and pour contents of bag inside slow cooker. Cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours or LOW for 6-7 hours.

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  1. Hey six sisters! I love your blog and have been following you and sharing my recipes and I would love for you to pop on over and share this and some of your other yummy healthy recipes with Kelli and I at Kids in the Kitchen link up: We desire families to get back to the table at night and for kids to be little helpers in the process. Thanks so much! Blessings! Carrie @

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