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Spicy Crock Pot Baby Back Ribs

Posted by Denise on June 8, 2012

spicy crock pot baby back ribs on platter

These ribs are some of the easiest and tastiest we have made yet.

As summer progresses and you are looking for ways to cook supper without heating up your kitchen, don’t forget about your crock pot. It’s a convenient and low-heat way to prepare a meal. This is another great recipe from the cookbook Put a Lid on it! By Karlen Evins.

Super fast to put together, I browned the ribs the night before and stored them, covered, in the refrigerator. The next morning I placed the ribs in the crock pot, combined the rest of the ingredients together and sprinkled the resulting mixture as evenly as possible over the ribs. Covered and cooked. As I have said before in this blog, I love going to work knowing that supper is already under way.

I cut up one and a half racks of ribs, approximately 3 pounds of meat, for this recipe. I also added some cayenne pepper to the mixture to give it even more kick, but you don’t need to unless you like it spicy.

I had the off-hand thought that we would have some leftovers from this, but it was so tasty that there was nothing left! Oh, well, it sure made a great meal. We added a nice salad with plenty of freshly chopped veggies and the meal was complete.



Spicy Crock Pot Baby Back Ribs




 spicy crock pot baby back ribs ingredients



Serves 3-4              



pounds baby back ribs


onion, chopped into medium pieces


cup light brown sugar


teaspoon chili powder


teaspoon garlic powder


tablespoon Worcestershire


teaspoon hot sauce (we used Tapatio, a Mexican hot sauce)


teaspoon liquid smoke, optional

¼ to ½

cayenne pepper powder, optional






1.    Preheat broiler in your oven. Cut the rack of ribs into 2 to 3 ribs per portion. Place the cut ribs on a broiler pan and broil about 6 inches from the heat until the ribs are browned, about 10 to 12 minutes. Turn the ribs once part way through the browning time to evenly brown the meat.


cutting baby back ribs into 3 rib sections


browning baby back ribs 




2.     Place the ribs in the crock pot. Spread the chopped onion over the ribs.


chopped onion for ribs 

3.      In a separate bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients and pour it evenly over the ribs.

mixing spices for spicy crock pot baby back ribs 

ribs with spices on it in crock pot


4.     Cook on low heat for 8-10 hours or high heat for 5 to 6 hours.  Enjoy!

finished spicy crock pot baby back ribs 


spicy crock pot baby back ribs andy holding



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