Slow Cooker Barbecued Pork Chops or Ribs

Crock pot BBQ ribs
Diana Rattray
  • Total: 8 hrs 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 8 hrs
  • Yield: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
155 Calories
7g Fat
20g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 155
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 580mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 6g
Calcium 176mg 14%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Barbecued pork is a Southern specialty. Cooked in the classic fashion, it takes many hours over a smoker and lots of know-how. This crock-pot recipe that uses pork chops or ribs lets you have barbecued pork on a weeknight or busy weekend day and satisfies that barbecue craving. 

In this recipe, pork chops, country-style ribs, or spare ribs are slow-cooked to perfection with a tangy homemade barbecue sauce. The barbecue sauce is a balance of sweet and sour with ketchup.


  • 6 to 8 pork chops or about 3 slabs of spare ribs (cut into smaller portions)
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Put the pork chops into the crock-pot. If you are using spare ribs, boil or roast them for about 30 minutes to eliminate some of the excess fat. Drain and put them into the crock-pot.

  2. Mix together the onion, celery, ketchup, water, lemon juice, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper until well-blended.

  3. Pour the sauce mixture over the pork chops or ribs.

  4. Cook for 8 to 10 hours until the meat is tender and the barbecue flavor is cooked through.


Barbecued pork's usual sides are vinegar or mayonnaise slaw, potato salad or french fries. Fancy that up a bit with red cabbage slaw or potato salad with bacon. If it's summer, grilled corn on the cob makes a tasty partner. Macaroni and cheese or cold pasta salad both work well with barbecued pork chops, as do cornbread, corn pudding, or tomato-cucumber salad in a vinaigrette dressing. Your favorite cold beer goes great with this menu. Serve an all-American dessert like a chocolate fudge layer cake, apple pie or cheesecake to round out the meal.