Easy Crockpot BBQ Beef Short Ribs: Juicy & Tender Ribs Recipe (2024)

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These crockpot BBQ beef short ribs are melt-in-your-mouth tender, juicy, and loaded with tons of meaty flavor! In fact, it is an easy-to-make meal that uses common household ingredients and only takes a few minutes to prepare! Easy, effortless, and delicious - what more could you ask for?

Easy Crockpot BBQ Beef Short Ribs Recipe

When you think of ribs, you probably think of firing up the grill on a warm sunny day. However, you can also make some delicious ribs in the crockpot so you can enjoy them any time of year!

These crockpot ribs are incredibly tender and flavorful. You won't even miss the grill!

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🥘 Crockpot BBQ Beef Short Ribs Ingredients

This ingredient list is composed mainly of common spices. For BBQ sauce, you can use whichever brand of flavor is your favorite!

  • Salt - 1 tablespoon of salt.
  • Pepper - 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper.
  • Garlic Powder - 1 teaspoon of garlic powder.
  • Onion Powder - 1 teaspoon of onion powder.
  • Oregano - 1 teaspoon of dried oregano.
  • Paprika - 1 teaspoon of paprika.
  • Ribs - 2 racks of beef short ribs.
  • BBQ Sauce - 1 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce. Plus more for roasting, if desired.
  • Water - ¾ cup of water.
  • Liquid Smoke - 1 teaspoon of liquid smoke.
  • Onion (optional) - 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and sliced, if desired.

*Be sure to see the free printable recipe card below for ingredients, exact amounts & instructions with tips!*

🔪 How To Make Crockpot BBQ Beef Short Ribs

There is nothing difficult about this recipe at all! If you have some time to spare, let your ribs chill in the fridge with the seasoning mix to really enhance the flavor! Go ahead and get out your crockpot and a small bowl to get started!

Assuming about ½ rack of ribs per person, this recipe will make you 4 delectable servings.

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Prepare Ribs

  1. Mix seasonings. In a small bowl, mix together 1 tablespoon of salt, and 1 teaspoon each of pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, and paprika.
  2. Prepare ribs. Wash your 2 racks of short ribs in cold water and then pat them dry using paper towels. Generously season the ribs using your seasoning mixture, making sure to rub the spices onto both sides of the meat.
  3. Let the ribs chill. If time allows, let your ribs sit in the fridge for 24 hours (giving them a good rub every 12 hours). This is also the point where the ribs can be frozen for later.

Cook the Ribs

  1. Add liquids. Place the racks into your crockpot and add 1 cup of BBQ sauce, ¾ cup of water, 1 teaspoon of liquid smoke, and optional 1 sliced onion.
  2. Cook. Cook the ribs on high for 5 hours.
  3. Coat with sauce. To roast your ribs, line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and then place a baking rack on top. Place the ribs on the rack and generously coat them with more BBQ sauce.
  4. Broil. Transfer the pan to the oven under the broil for just a couple of minutes. Keep an eye on your ribs so that they don't burn.
  5. Flip. Flip the meat over and add more BBQ sauce. Then place them back under the broiler for 2-3 minutes more.
  6. Rest. Remove the ribs from the oven and allow them to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

These mouthwatering ribs taste great with so many things! I like to enjoy them with some butter herb Rhodes rolls, Instant Pot mac and cheese, and roasted potatoes and onions! For more ideas, take a look at my post on what to serve with beef ribs! Enjoy!

💭 Tips & Notes

  • Letting your ribs sit with the seasoning on them for 24 hours helps to enhance the flavor. However, if you don't have the time to do so, your ribs will still taste delicious!
  • Make sure to roast your ribs in the oven so the BBQ sauce gets nice and caramelized!
  • I used bone-in ribs for this recipe, but you can use boneless if you like.

🥡 Storing & Reheating

Keep any leftover ribs in a sealed container in the fridge for 4 days.

These ribs can also be frozen by tightly wrapping them in plastic wrap followed by a layer of aluminum foil.

Reheating Ribs

Reheat your short ribs by putting them in the slow cooker with about a quarter inch of water and cook on low for 30-60 minutes.

❓ FAQ

Should Ribs Be Covered In Liquid In The Slow Cooker?

Nope. Your short ribs do not have to be completely submerged in liquid when making them in your crockpot. A small amount of liquid is necessary, but that's it!

Can Ribs Be Overcooked In A Slow Cooker?

Yes, it is possible to overcook your ribs in a crockpot. If they are overcooked the meat will fall apart and become mushy. Just make sure to keep an eye on your ribs toward the end of the cook time.

Can I Cook Frozen Ribs In My Crockpot?

It's best to allow your ribs to fully defrost in the refrigerator before heating them in your slow cooker. If you put them into the crockpot while frozen, they won't thaw quick enough and will not within a safe temperature range for too long.

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Crockpot BBQ Beef Short Ribs

These crockpot BBQ beef short ribs are melt-in-your-mouth tender, juicy, and loaded with tons of meaty flavor! In fact, it is an easy-to-make meal that uses common household ingredients and only takes a few minutes to prepare! Easy, effortless, and delicious - what more could you ask for?

Author | Angela

Servings: 4 servings

Calories: 159kcal

Prep 5 minutes minutes

Cooking 5 hours hours

Roasting Time 6 minutes minutes

Total Time 5 hours hours 11 minutes minutes

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 racks beef short ribs
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce (use your favorite brand, plus more for roasting if desired)
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 medium yellow onion (optional, sliced)

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Instructions

  • In a small bowl, mix together your salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, and paprika.

  • Wash your ribs in cold water and then pat them dry using paper towels. Generously season the ribs using your seasoning mixture, making sure to rub the spices onto both sides of the meat.

  • If time allows, let your ribs sit in the fridge for 24 hours (giving them a good rub every 12 hours). This is also the point where the ribs can be frozen for later.

  • Place the racks into your crockpot and add the BBQ sauce, water, liquid smoke, and optional sliced onion.

  • Cook the ribs on high for 5 hours.

  • To roast your ribs, line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and then place a baking rack on top. Place the ribs on the rack and generously coat them with more BBQ sauce.

  • Transfer the pan to the oven under the broil for just a couple of minutes. Keep an eye on your ribs so that they don't burn.

  • Flip the meat over and add more BBQ sauce. Then place them back under the broiler for 2-3 minutes more.

  • Remove the ribs from the oven and allow them to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

  • Letting your ribs sit with the seasoning on them for 24 hours helps to enhance the flavor. However, if you don't have the time to do so, your ribs will still taste delicious!
  • Make sure to roast your ribs in the oven so the BBQ sauce gets nice and caramelized!
  • I used bone-in ribs for this recipe, but you can use boneless if you like.
  • To store: Keep any leftover ribs in a sealed container in the fridge for 4 days.
  • To reheat: Reheat your short ribs by putting them in the slow cooker with about a quarter inch of water and cook on low for 30-60 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 159kcal (8%) | Carbohydrates: 37g (12%) | Protein: 2g (4%) | Fat: 1g (2%) | Saturated Fat: 0.1g (1%) | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 0.3mg | Sodium: 2494mg (108%) | Potassium: 305mg (9%) | Fiber: 2g (8%) | Sugar: 28g (31%) | Vitamin A: 418IU (8%) | Vitamin C: 5mg (6%) | Calcium: 56mg (6%) | Iron: 1mg (6%)

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Course Beef Dishes, Main Course, Slow Cooker Crockpot Recipes

Cuisine American

Easy Crockpot BBQ Beef Short Ribs: Juicy & Tender Ribs Recipe (5)

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  1. Lita Moore says

    Easy Crockpot BBQ Beef Short Ribs: Juicy & Tender Ribs Recipe (10)
    These are the best short ribs that I have ever tasted. I plan on sharing it with family and friends. Thanks for the recipe, it was so easy!!!

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  2. Lorrie says

    Easy Crockpot BBQ Beef Short Ribs: Juicy & Tender Ribs Recipe (11)
    This was very tasty and super easy. My meat did not stay on the bones when I transferred them to a pan on my grill. I added ancho pepper and cayenne to the rub and a large sliced jalapeño with the onion to add some spice. Will be making again

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  3. Macheall says

    Easy Crockpot BBQ Beef Short Ribs: Juicy & Tender Ribs Recipe (12)
    I love this recipe! The beef ribs were tender and delicious. I love that it was so easy also. I filled my crockpot and poured everything on top ( I was lazy with it) and before I put them in the oven, I made sure they were covered in bbq sauce. They were amazing! My twelve year old son told his friend he had a gourmet dinner.

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