The BEST Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs EVER

Five years ago, my husband and I hosted a 4th of July party and had all of our friends and family over for the day. It was nothing out of the ordinary. We’ve always enjoyed hosting get-togethers. But, this one we remember vividly.

We drank all day, played games, enjoyed a killer bbq, and then watched the fireworks from our balcony of our tiny townhouse. It was awesome.

My husband cooked up his famous finger lickin’ ribs which he tended to all day. It was quite an affair.

My uncle Michael had been there and had been drinking all day, just like the rest of us. So, to say he was a little loaded was quite the understatement. But, it was all good. This was pre-kids and just a really fun and carefree day with our family.

When the BBQ ribs were taken to the table, my uncle (seeing that my husband had worked on them all day) grabbed the first one and literally started to cry as he ate this rib. It was so funny.

Picture a somewhat large man with the sweetest personality but a slight tough outer shell, crying on your balcony with bbq sauce all over his face, his mustache and hands. What a site!

He was crying, “These. Are. The. Best. Ribs. I’ve. Ever. Had.”

My uncle is unfortunately no longer with us but he’s always in our hearts and minds with all the good times we shared with him.

I created this recipe for my Uncle Michael but being the busy mama that I am, I whipped them out in the slow cooker so you don’t have to slave over the stove all day long.

Sending this recipe to you up there Uncle Michael — we know you’d probably be crying over this recipe I made just for you.  Love you!


Serves 4-6
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 6-8 hours on low heat

1 package baby back ribs or
salt and pepper
2 cups BBQ Sauce (grab my homemade recipe HERE)

1. Trim off any excess fat from your ribs.
2. Sprinkle ribs with a bit of salt and pepper on all sides.
3. Place into your slow cooker (cut them in a couple of pieces so they all fit if you need to).
4. Pour in 2 cups of homemade BBQ Sauce, cover and cook on low heat for about 6-8 hours, or the meat falls a part.
5. OPTIONAL *but highly recommended* :: Preheat oven to broil. When ribs are done, take out of slow cooker and place on a baking sheet. Brush with another cup of Homemade BBQ Sauce and broil on high for 2-5 minutes, or until the edges are nice and crispy. Don’t walk way here, you don’t want to burn these guys.
6. When ribs are done, serve with extra warmed BBQ Sauce and try not to cry because these are so damn good.

With love from my family to yours, Shauna! xo

If you’ve got any funny family stories around food, we’d love to hear them in the comments below.

I’ve realized over the years that food is what will always connect us with our loved ones who are no longer here. It’s a great way to bring back some fun memories and tell stories of those you miss and love.

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