3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Barbecued Pork Spareribs

barbecued ribs
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Ratings (19)
  • Total: 7 hrs 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 7 hrs
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
856 Calories
41g Fat
33g Carbs
83g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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.


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

Steps to Make It

Sprinkle ribs with salt and pepper; place on rack in a broiler pan or roasting pan.

Broil ribs for 20 to 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, peel the onions and slice thinly.

Place the ribs in a slow cooker along with sliced onion and barbecue sauce.

Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.​

​​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. Whiskey also makes a great barbecue sauce.