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Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs

Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs

There’s nothing that says ‘Merica like some good ‘ol fashioned BBQ! With Independence Day upon us, this #FoodieFriday recipe is looking to keep the red, white, and blue jive alive by bringing the BBQ indoors, into the crockpot…figuratively speaking, of course! Credit goes out to Carol Lovett of for this one!

This rib recipe is stupid easy and surprisingly savory and succulent coming out of the slow cooker. Okay, I’ll admit, the BBQ sauce is nothing that you “Sweet Baby Ray’s” fans would write home about, but it’s pretty darn good for a homemade sauce that won’t make you feel guilty because it doesn’t contain all the crap corn syrups, thickeners, stabilizers, preservatives like the bottle stuff.

As always, make sure you get your meat from a trusted, quality source that takes pride in raising pastured animals humanely, the way they should be. It’s good for your health and the heart!

Sorry there is no “after” picture. The family was reeeeeeally hungry so the ribs were gone before I got a chance to snap a shot!


  • 1 rack of pork ribs
  • ½ cup of tamari or coconut aminos
  • ¼ cup of maple syrup
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 3 tbsp of ground dried mustard
  • 3 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground pepper
  • ½ tsp cayenne (use less if you don’t like spicy)
  • 1 cup or more of homemade chicken broth (highly recommended) or water (boring)


  • Generously apply salt and pepper all over the rack of ribs.
  • Place some ghee/coconut oil/lard or preferred fat into a large pan and turn to medium-high heat.
  • Place ribs in the heated pan and brown both sides.
  • In a bowl, mix together all the sauce ingredients and pour into a slow cooker that can fit the ribs. You can also cut them into small sections to fit.
  • Place the ribs in the sauce and turn the temperature of the slow cooker to low heat.
  • The sauce should cover the majority of the ribs. If it doesn’t, add a little more broth or water.
  • Allow the ribs to cooks for 6 hours, flipping the ribs around 3 hours.
  • When the ribs are done they should be falling off the bone! If the BBQ sauce is not thick enough, place it in a pot and bring to a boil. Continue boiling and stirring until it is thick enough.