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Slow Cooker Beef Ribs in crock

Slow Cooker Beef Ribs

Delicious, tender beef back ribs made in your crock pot.
5 from 1 vote
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef back ribs, crock pot beef ribs
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Servings: 4 - 6
Calories: 572kcal
Author: Sandy


  • 4-6 qt Slow Cooker


  • 2 ½-3 lbs Beef Back Ribs
  • 1 ½ cups Root Beer
  • 3 cups BBQ Sauce (reserve ⅓ cup for basting)
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcheshire Sauce
  • Green Onions, as garnish

Dry Rub

  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Allspice
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • ½ teaspoon White Pepper
  • ½ teaspoon Mustard Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Dried Thyme Leaves (not ground)
  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric
  • 1 Tablespoon Dark Brown Sugar


  • Prepare dry rub. Combine spices in a ramekin. Thoroughly coat rib tips in the seasoning. Let sit for 15 minutes.
  • Add ribs to the slow cooker. **You may choose to cut the ribs prior to this if desired. We have done it both ways and it did not make much of a difference**
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine root beer, bbq sauce, and worcheshire. Whisk until smooth. Set aside ⅓ cup of sauce, then pour the remainder over the ribs. Cover and cook on low for 5 hours.
  • Remove ribs from the slow cooker and place on a wire rack lined baking sheet. Brush with the reserved bbq sauce. Place 6” under the broiler and broil for 4 minutes.
  • Arrange ribs on a platter and garnish with green onions. Enjoy!


The ribs will be “fall off the bone” tender.
Some beef back ribs will have the membrane intact, we leave this on while cooking to hold the ribs together more, but it can be removed before seasoning if preferred.
Placing the ribs under the broiler for the final step helps to tighten the sauce. Another option is to put them on the grill to get that final caramelization. Put them onto the hot grill. Brush with reserved barbecue sauce and close the lid. Let them cook about 4-6 minutes, until the sauce starts to caramelize.


Calories: 572kcal