BBQ Spareribs Recipe

Use a Slow Cooker

Delicious Barbecue Spareribs

Treat yourself, your family and your friends with these fabulous restaurant BBQ Spareribs.

You can use this recipe to oven bake or grill your BBQ pork ribs if you want, but this recipe explains how to cook them using your slow-cooker.

For the recipe to grill great tasting barbecue ribs, just click here.

To adjust the recipe for more people, figure about 1 pound per person when purchasing the spareribs.

Don't forget to remove the membrane on the backside of the ribs before cooking, if the butcher has not done so. Loosen a corner with a sharp knife, grip tightly and tear from the ribs. If you're "special," ask the butcher to do the job for you. Sometimes they will, even if it costs you a little more.

And, an "aside," sometimes this cut of meat is spelled "spareribs," and sometimes it is listed as "spare ribs" (two words). Both are equally acceptable.

Ribs are commonly prepared with either a “wet” or “dry” method. Ribs rubbed with a mixture of herbs and spices are called dry ribs. Such rubs are done before barbecuing.

Ribs basted with sauces during the barbecuing process are called wet ribs and with wet ribs you want to be certain you brush the ribs heavily during the last 30 minutes of cooking in the oven or on the grill.

This recipe is a combination of both methods. It results in a superbly delicious meal.

Slow Cooker BBQ Spareribs Recipe

Preparation time: 20 minutes. Serves 3-4 people.


  • 4 pounds spareribs
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • BBQ Seasoning (below)
  • BBQ Sauce (below)


For BBQ Seasoning:


  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons coarse black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Ancho chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste) 

Instructions for Seasoning:

  • Mix all herbs and spices
  • Rub over both sides of ribs
  • Refrigerate the ribs for at least 2 hours (over-night is better)
  • Grill until done or broil at 325 degrees F. for 2 1/2 - 3 hours or until done


Instructions for BBQ Seasoning:

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl until thoroughly blended


Ingredients For BBQ Sauce:

  • 16 ounces ketchup
  • 16 ounces white vinegar
  • 16 ounces brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon BBQ seasoning
  • 1/4 cup water (for thickening - optional - see below)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch (for thickening - optional - see below)


Instructions for BBQ Sauce:

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl



  • Place the spareribs on a sheet pan and sprinkle 2-3 tablespoons of the BBQ seasoning over all their surfaces (rub it in)
  • Cover the sheet pan and ribs with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight (or at least 2 hours)

Next day - Prepare BBQ sauce (if you made the sauce ahead of time, just bring it to room temperature)

  • Place onion slices in the bottom of your slow-cooker crock pot
  • Place the ribs on top of the onions
  • Pour BBQ sauce over the ribs just to cover
  • Cook the spareribs on low for 6-8 hours (or on high for 3 - 3 1/2 hours) until meat is very tender (check periodically)
  • Remove ribs from the slow-cooker and keep warm in oven
  • Turn slow-cooker to high heat
  • Combine 1/4 cup of water and 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and add it slowly to the sauce in the slow-cooker while stirring if you want to thicken the sauce
  • Cook sauce until it thickens
  • Place ribs back into sauce and serve out of the slow-cooker or place BBQ spareribs on a large platter and serve sauce on the side

Enjoy your slow-cooker BBQ spareribs and the company of those you share them with!


"Spare rib anyone?"

Adam     ;-)