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Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs – When There’s No Time To Grill!

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BBQ ribs are one of my favorite meals! When grilling them isn’t an option, this Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs recipe makes dinner easy with almost no effort at all.

Only 4 ingredients are necessary to make these fall-off-the-bone ribs. The only prep you’ll need to do is to slice an onion. The onion slices go into the bottom of the slow cooker, then pour in the water. Add the ribs and slather them with a cup of the bbq sauce. Cook the ribs for the recommended amount of time. Remove them from the slow cooker and put them on a foil lined baking sheet. Slather on the rest of the bbq sauce, and put them under the broiler until the sauce bubbles. Delicious, saucy, tender slow cooker bbq ribs that will quickly become a family favorite!

When choosing a keto bbq sauce to use, make sure to choose a flavor that you love. Whether it’s sweet, smoky, spicy and tangy or all of the above,  there are many varieties out there. Just make sure it’s sugar free.

This slow cooker BBQ ribs recipe makes dinner easy with almost no effort at all.

Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs

27 Reviews
Calories 482kcal
Fat 36g
Net Carbs 3g
Protein 36g
Serving Size 2 ribs

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  • 🔥 Cook 3 hrs
  • Total 3 hrs
  • 🍽 Yield 6 servings


  • Slow Cooker


6 servings


3 steps
  • Place sliced onion into the bottom of the slow cooker and pour in the water. Place baby back ribs on top of the onions, and slather them with one cup sugar-free BBQ sauce.
  • Cook ribs on high for 3-4 hours or low for 8
  • Take ribs out of the slow cooker and place onto a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Brush the ribs with the remaining cup of BBQ sauce and place under the broiler for about 3-5 minutes, until sauce is bubbling.


Macros may vary depending on what brand BBQ sauce you use. Macros do not include onion as you use it just as a cooking base and not actually as an ingredient to eat. 

Looking for ideas for delicious sides to serve with these bbq ribs? This Twice Baked Cauliflower Casserole recipe is one of my favorite keto recipes and would compliment the ribs. The casserole is creamy and cheesy and loaded with green onions and bacon. It will definitely remind you of twice baked mashed potatoes! If you’re looking for something a bit lighter, try this fresh and crunchy Broccoli Salad or Bacon Wrapped Asparagus.

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  • Reply
    Elisa in Minnesota
    February 1, 2021 at 4:42 pm

    Hi Suzanne, I just wanted to thank you for your website and two books. A year ago I first went Keto and couldn’t have done it without your books. I had great success but this past December I started eating junk food again. Now I’m back to keto. Your books are the #1 tool I use. I don’t particularly enjoy cooking though I do love good food so I appreciate that your recipes are simple to follow. We are a family of 7 so even though the recipes are smaller I often double the recipes or we just line everyone up and have them make their own single serve recipes like the biscuits. It’s so great! Just wanted to send you a thank you note and didn’t know where to send so hopefully you get this.

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    Annie Emery
    March 7, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    5 stars
    So easy and so delicious!! 😋

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    Jacklyn Glavin
    June 12, 2021 at 9:26 am

    So what’s your recommended time to cook these in a slow cooker?

    • Reply
      June 22, 2021 at 8:26 am

      Cook ribs on high for 3-4 hours or low for 8

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    Beverly Dzwonek
    November 8, 2021 at 6:27 am

    Can I use spare ribs instead of baby back ribs?

    • Reply
      November 11, 2021 at 7:24 pm

      For sure!

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