Slow Cooker Country Style Ribs

Mike tried this recipe on August 13, 2023

It’s summertime in Texas… and it’s hot. We had a pretty good streak of days that topped 100 degrees, then one short break when a major thunderstorm blew through, and we’re right back up there again.

At times like this it’s simply too hot to cook indoors or out, but you still want to have something that isn’t a sandwich. How about barbecued ribs? But wait, how do you cook them without dragging out the grill or cranking up the oven? I’ve got your answer – use a slow cooker.

This recipe uses country style boneless ribs, which technically aren’t really ribs in the first place; they’re cut from the pork shoulder, which has a similar texture and flavor. But you get the idea. Anyway, this one couldn’t be much simpler – put the ribs into the slow cooker, cover them with a homemade spice rub, and top with your favorite barbecue sauce (I used Sweet Baby Ray’s for this one). Then let the slow cooker do the work. Serve them with potato salad, baked beans, and a Hawaiian sweet roll, and you’ve got yourself an indoor barbecue!

Adapted from Food Lovin Family

Slow Cooker Country Style Ribs

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 5 mins Cook Time 8 hrs Total Time 8 hrs 5 mins
Servings: 6
Best Season: Summer


Deliciously tender country style pork ribs prepared in a slow cooker with a spice rub and barbecue sauce. Perfect for those summer days when it's too hot to cook indoors or out.

Adapted from Food Lovin Family



  1. Spray the bottom of a 6-quart or larger slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray, or use a disposable slow cooker liner. Place the ribs in the bottom of the slow cooker.

  2. In a small bowl, combine all remaining ingredients except the barbecue sauce and mix thoroughly. Sprinkle the spice mixture/rub over the ribs, then rub it into the meat to coat it.

  3. Drizzle the barbecue sauce over the ribs and then place the cover on the slow cooker. Cook on High for 3-4 hours or on Low for 7-8 hours.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 507kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26.7g42%
Saturated Fat 5.1g26%
Cholesterol 172mg58%
Sodium 1779mg75%
Potassium 149mg5%
Total Carbohydrate 19.6g7%
Dietary Fiber 1.1g5%
Sugars 13.2g
Protein 45.2g91%

Calcium 59 mg
Iron 3 mg

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


  • Bone-in ribs can also be used with no change in cooking time
  • Plain or smoked paprika can be used.
  • Any flavor of barbecue sauce can be used.
  • Serving suggestion: offer additional barbecue sauce on the side
Keywords: barbecue, pork, ribs, boneless, country style, slow cooker
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