Fall Off The Bone Ribs

Thick, rich BBQ taste that you can’t help but get all over the face. No one can resist Slow Cooker Fall Off The Bone Ribs, beer barbecue style! These are the best slow cooker ribs ever, with an award winning dry rub.

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Slow Cooker Fall Off The Bone Ribs

My fellow meat lovers should also try this Slow Cooker Cherry Coke Pulled Pork. I also have a feeling that you’re going to love this Buffalo Chicken Dip, it’s the best appetizer dip recipe!

When I think of the best ribs I ever had, I can close my eyes and imagine my Dad, he sure loved his ribs. Yet, not just any ribs, it had to be made the way my Mom did. She really did have the most delicious recipes, and she made me a total rib fan.

Flash forward to today and I can’t think of the dish without smiling at childhood days of sauce all over the face and laughing with dad while Mom tried to wipe my face amidst all the giggles.

Good ‘ol country-style ribs!

Unfortunately, I cannot find my Mom’s rib recipe, even though I know it used to home with all the others in her cherished Recipe Box. I would love to add it to my own, here, yet until I find it, I always had to use a replacement.

Yet, it has to be a really good version, or it just wouldn’t do for my own family.

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Award Winning Dry Rub For Ribs

The best dry rub for ribs is by using the following perfect blend of ingredients to make a seasoning mix: paprika, onion powder, sugar, garlic powder, salt and pepper.

You can combine in a bowl and rub all over the surface of the meat. While you can sear immediately, you can also leave the rub on at room temperature for an hour before searing.

This easy slow cooker ribs recipe is ideal for family dinners to game day. Thanks to the crock pot, you can also make this recipe on a busy day. I love using baby back ribs, it seems everyone like this type.

This homemade dry rub hasn’t been changed for year because I wouldn’t mess with a great thing. Plus I haven’t found another quite like this best rib rub recipe. It has a unique flavor, one that can’t be beat.

The Best Fall off the Bone Ribs

I recall my Mom telling me once is that the key to great ribs is to tenderize, sear the outside and then slow cook. So, I watched her with interest as I watched the boil, fry and slow cooking process.

Sure, there was a few extra steps in there, and I’m not entirely convinced they are absolutely necessary. Yet they were darn good ribs, and I am still not about to argue with such a great recipe.

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The recipe I use today is as much as I can recall from hers, yet I’m sure I’m missing an ingredient or two. I sometimes boil baby back pork ribs until they turn grey, just like she did. An easy recipe, yet a bit tedious. Yet there’s a reason and that is to make the most tender ribs ever.

Then I slather them with a blend of delicious spices and sear to hold in the flavour. I usually use the stove-top and her old cast iron pan, yet it’s the season, grill to sear if you wish!

I pour on the beer (or beef stock if you wish, yet I’d reach for the beer myself) and slow cook. Slow.

The last step is the introduction of sauce, completing the recipe by producing that thick, rich BBQ taste that you can’t help but get all over the face. If you love crock pot bbq ribs, this will become your new favorite.

Winter or Summer, no one can resist these tender crock pot ribs! Here are the simple ingredients and directions and the best way to make ribs. The full instructions are on the printable recipe card below.

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How to Make Slow Cooker Fall Off The Bone Ribs

  • Paprika
  • Onion Powder
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Garlic Powder
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Baby Backs / rack of ribs
  • Can Beer (or beef stock, or Root Beer)
  • 1 bottle BBQ Sauce or your own homemade bbq sauce
  • Honey
  • Sesame Seeds and chopped Green Onion, for garnish

To Make: Combine seasonings for the dry rub in a small bowl. Cut ribs into sections and roll pieces in the mixture until coated and place on a baking sheet or plate.

Add choice of oil to a frying pan, and preheat to medium high heat. You can also do the searing on the outdoor grill.

Sear seasoned spare ribs for about 2 minutes on each side. Place ribs in slow cooker and pour beer over ribs. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours.

Mix together BBQ sauce (I personally like to use Original Sweet Baby Rays, it’s my favorite barbecue sauce for ribs) and honey and add to the crockpot. Cook for 2 hours on high or 4 hours on low temperature. As you can see, this recipe cook time is versatile, yet slow is always preferred for best results.

When done, plate your ribs and garnish with seeds and chives. Enjoy the best slow cooker bbq ribs ever!

Looking for another pork recipe to try? These French Onion Pork Chops are amazing!

For another mouthwatering rib recipe, try these Sticky Asian Ribs – they are sweet and savory!

Best Side Dishes to Serve with Slow Cooker Ribs:

There are so many sides that you can serve with this best ribs ever recipe, a fantastic main dish. It really depends if we’re having a casual dinner or special occasions. Here are a few of our personal favourites to accompany crockpot ribs through the years:

To Store: Place leftover ribs in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days. I have found that even the next day, these are still delicious ribs.

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Fall Off The Bone Ribs

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes

The best SLOW COOKER FALL OFF THE BONE RIBS, beer barbecue style! Award winning rib rub, a tasty sauce and slow cooker to perfection.


  • 1/2 cup Paprika
  • 1/4 cup Onion Powder
  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Pepper
  • 2 1/2 lbs Baby Back Pork Ribs
  • 1/2 - 3/4 can Beer {or beef stock}
  • 1 bottle BBQ Sauce {I always use Original Sweet Baby Rays for Ribs}
  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • Sesame Seeds and chopped Chives for garnish


  1. Combine paprika, onion powder, sugar, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
  2. Cut ribs into sections and roll pieces in the mixture until coated
  3. If using a frying pan, add choice of oil and preheat to med-high {can also do this on the grill}
  4. Sear seasoned ribs for about 2 minutes on each side
  5. Place seasoned ribs in slow cooker and pour beer over ribs
  6. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours
  7. Mix together BBQ sauce and honey and add to slow cooker
  8. Cook for 2 hours on high or 4 hours on low
  9. Garnish with seeds and chives
  10. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 6 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 659Saturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 123mgSodium: 1046mgCarbohydrates: 65gFiber: 6gSugar: 53gProtein: 36g

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Tammi Roy is the founder of My Organized Chaos, a Canadian food and lifestyle blog. She lives in Alberta, Canada and is the mom of three beautiful teenage girls. Tammi’s passions are her family, creating and sharing delicious recipes, travelling and photography. Learn more about Tammi.



    1. Sooo good! I think I’ll be making this over the weekend, supposed to be rainy – great time to pull out the slow cooker!

    1. They are! Also, I really need to not come to this post when I’m starving. 9am ribs? YES PLEASE!

  1. Don’t you just love your slow cooker?? I love mine and another great recipe to try!! My Mum is from England and made the best ever scones…recipe lost!! I have tried to replicate it, searched in old bookstores for the recipe but to no avail…recipes past down are like gold and so sad when they are lost 🙂

    1. Oh yes, best invention ever! I don’t know what I’d do without my slow cooker!! Hope you find that recipe, I’d love to try them myself!

  2. I am vegetarian but wanted to stop by and say how well done your food photography is. Thanks for the hard work you put into it!

  3. Ooh…we are having a cookout this weekend. These might be on the menu to save some space for other goodies on the grill!

  4. Oh Tammi I’m pretty sure you’re my fiance’s new best friend. I just sent him the picture of this while he was a work and he asked me if I was able to make it for him. Score a new recipe for the collection!

  5. Yum! I’m not a fan of ribs, but may try to substitute another type of red meat.

  6. These look delicious, even at 7 am. Another recipe to print, thanks for sharing.

  7. Im going to try this next time my kids are home they love ribs, I have tried lots of diff recipes but this one looks alot easier then some of the ones I have tried. looks good

  8. just got a new slow cooker, and so far I LOVE it! So easy to prepare healthy meals.. i’m excited to try this rib recipe, looks absolutely delish! thanks!

  9. Love ribs and they do up so well in the slow cooker, will have to try this receipe

  10. Wow these look delicious! I love ribs will be pinning this one for later! Thanks for sharing

  11. Thanks for sharing your rib recipe, hope you fine your Mom’s one day too ☺ This past year we have eaten more ribs than usual…I guess because they are lean meat and we are trying to slim down… I cheat and buy ready made a lot for my own cooked from scratch in the slow cooker with some BBQ sauce were also very tastey! ☺

  12. Never cooked with beer before – had heard that it tenderizes all meats. Always willing to learn something new.

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  14. Hi Tammi,
    Your Ribs look fantastic, I can almost taste them! Happy St. Patrick’s Day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

  15. Stopping by to say that I’m featuring your recipe in this week’s Friday Favorites Link Party! Come on by tonight at 9pm (EST) to see your feature 🙂

  16. I have ribs in the freezer that I am just itching to cook…this recipe is just perfect.

  17. these sound so good! You mention boiling the ribs first, then searing, but I don’t see that step in the actual recipe. Do I need to do it?

  18. This is definitely my kind of food, fall off the bone ribs I couldn’t ask for more. 🙂 Great photos btw.

  19. This looks so good and I am looking for a new recipe for my ribs since the whole family loves them

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