3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Barbecued Pork Spareribs

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  • 7 hrs 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 7 hrs
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Enjoy a meal of succulent spareribs drenched in barbecue sauce for dinner tonight. This simple slow cooker recipe has only three ingredients and tasty ribs could not be easier to make

For the barbecue sauce, the easiest option is to select your favorite from the store. Choose a spicy sauce to give the ribs a kick or keep it nice and mild with a more subtle sauce. This is also an excellent opportunity to make your own barbecue sauce. It's surprisingly easy.

Serve these pork spareribs with a potato or pasta salad alongside coleslaw and beans to complete the meal.

What You'll Need

  • 4 pounds pork spareribs, cut into serving-size pieces
  • Salt and pepper, to taste (or seasoned salt and pepper)
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 (16-ounce) bottle barbecue sauce

How to Make It

  1. Sprinkle ribs with salt and pepper; place on rack in a broiler pan or roasting pan.
  2. Broil ribs for 20 to 25 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, peel the onions and slice thinly.
  4. Place the ribs in a slow cooker along with sliced onion and barbecue sauce.
  5. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.

Can't wait all day for your ribs? Turn on the oven instead. In just a few short hours your meaty meal will be ready with this simple Oven Barbecued Spareribs recipe.

It's All About the Sauce

Customize your spareribs with a special homemade barbecue sauce. Most barbecue sauce recipes have a ketchup, vinegar, and molasses base. Many include brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce as well. Essentially, if you have a well-stocked kitchen, you can make barbecue sauce.

It's the other flavoring ingredients that distinguish one sauce recipe from another. For instance, this Spicy Southern Barbecue Sauce uses mustard and hot sauce while this Beer Barbecue Sauce adds onion, garlic, and cayenne.

Whiskey also makes a great barbecue sauce. You can choose the Jack Daniel's Barbecue Sauce recipe, which includes smoke flavoring and Tabasco. The Jim Beam Barbecue Sauce also uses liquid smoke but adds mustard and soy sauce to the mix.

If you really enjoy ribs, you will not regret learning how to make barbecue sauce at home. Plus, with all these great recipes, your ribs can take on an entirely different taste each time you make them.


Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 856
Total Fat 41 g
Saturated Fat 14 g
Unsaturated Fat 18 g
Cholesterol 262 mg
Sodium 1,007 mg
Carbohydrates 33 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Protein 83 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)