Southern-Style Ribs


Slow cooker ribs? Yes please! One of our best slow cooker recipes, these ribs are full of flavor thanks to brown sugar and a blend of spices.

Southern-Style Ribs
Prep Time:
25 mins
Slow Cook Time:
8 hrs
Broil Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
8 hrs 30 mins


  • 4 - 5 pound pork loin back ribs or meaty pork spareribs, cut into 2- to 3-rib portions

  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika or sweet paprika

  • 1 ½ teaspoon packed brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon ground pasilla chile pepper or ancho chile pepper

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander

  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard

  • ¼ teaspoon celery salt

  • ¼ teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

  • teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • ½ cup chicken broth

  • ¾ cup barbecue sauce


  1. Trim fat from ribs. For rub, in a small bowl combine paprika, brown sugar, pasilla pepper, salt, garlic powder, coriander, mustard, celery salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Generously sprinkle rub over both sides of ribs; rub in with your fingers. Place ribs in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker, cutting to fit.

  2. In a small bowl combine broth and 1/4 cup of the barbecue sauce. Add to slow cooker.

  3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours.

  4. Preheat broiler. Line a baking sheet with foil and transfer ribs, meaty sides up, to prepared baking sheet. Brush with the remaining 1/2 cup barbecue sauce. Broil 6 to 8 inches from heat for 5 to 8 minutes or until sauce begins to brown.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

584 Calories
44g Fat
13g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 584
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 44g 56%
Saturated Fat 16g 80%
Cholesterol 152mg 51%
Sodium 831mg 36%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 30g
Vitamin C 0.6mg 3%
Calcium 70.7mg 5%
Iron 1.8mg 10%
Potassium 517mg 11%
Folate, total 8.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.6mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.8mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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