These slow cooker sticky barbecue ribs are sweet, sticky, spicy, and super tender. They braise in the oven, or in your slow cooker in a rub, and then get slathered in a sweet and tangy barbecue sauce. The ribs are super easy to make, and your oven or slow cooker does all of the work for you!
I like making slow cooker sticky barbecue ribs with my sweet and tangy barbecue sauce, but feel free to make them with whatever bbq sauce you would like!
slow cooker sticky barbecue ribs
- 1/2 c brown sugar
- 2 T paprika
- 1 1/2 T chili powder
- 1 T granulated garlic
- 1 T onion powder
- 2 t salt
- 2 t cayenne pepper
- 1 t cumin
- 3.5 lbs spare ribs or baby back ribs
- 3 cups barbecue sauce
If membrane is still attached to ribs, remove. Pat ribs dry with a paper towel. Place the ribs on aluminum foil.
In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the rub. Rub on both sides of the ribs.
Wrap the ribs TIGHTLY in aluminum foil. If you need to cut the rack in pieces to fit in your slow cooker, that’s okay! Just make sure that every section is separately wrapped in the foil. Wrap the ribs a second time with aluminum foil. Be sure that the foil is very tight. If there is air in the foil packets, the ribs will steam instead of braising in their own juices.
Slow cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 8. The meat should be super tender.
Remove ribs from the slow cooker and set your oven to broil. Open your foil packets and drain the liquid. Brush the ribs with barbecue sauce on both sides. Be generous with your sauce. =)
Place ribs on a baking sheet and under the broiler for about 10 minutes, or until sauce starts to brown / caramelize.