Slow Cooker BBQ Short Ribs

While visiting my folks, my mother mentioned that she was craving barbecue ribs…succulent ones that would totally fall off the bone. I knew exactly which recipe I wanted to use in order to satisfy her appetite!

A few months ago, I discovered a wonderful recipe by Annacia that I featured on my blog, for Farm Style Green Beans. As I was going through some of her other recipes I came across these ribs. Not only did they receive great reviews, but I was also roped in by the use of the slow cooker.

Annacia’s recipe only required a handful of ingredients, another bonus when looking for simple preparation! We couldn’t find short ribs at the market, so my mother picked out some beautiful freshly cut Angus beef back ribs. After fitting the slow cooker with a liner, I placed the onions and ribs inside. As the main component for the liquid base, I used Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey Barbecue Sauce. I didn’t have any yellow mustard so I used spicy brown mustard instead. With a quick stir of the honey and flour, I poured the thick sauce on top of the ribs and let the slow cooker work its magic while set on low.

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About seven hours later, I removed the ribs from the slow cooker and ladled out the sauce to remove any excess fat. I had to be very careful with the meat as it was completely falling off the bone. Just what my mother ordered! I gently returned the ribs to the slow cooker, covered them with the sauce I had initially removed and let them cook on low for another hour.

The tantalizing barbecue smell floated throughout the house. My parents walked into the kitchen with their faces lit up and stomachs growling! I’m pretty sure I saw my stepfather wipe away a bit of drool as he watched me make up the plates, lol.

I prepared some garlic mashed potatoes baked with a topping of Monterey Jack cheese and panko bread crumbs to serve with the main course. After everyone dug in, I’m guessing that the repetitive comment of “these are OUTRAGEOUS,” meant that the ribs were a total win! As you can see from one of my photos, all that was left were literally the bones! Thanks again for sharing your awesome recipe, Annacia…this is definitely one that we will be using again. 😀

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4 lbs beef short ribs
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
1 cup barbecue sauce, your favorite
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup flour
1 tablespoon yellow mustard


1. Place ribs and onions in slow cooker.
2. Mix barbecue sauce, honey, flour and mustard; pour over ingredients in slow cooker.
3. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours (or on HIGH for 5 hours) or until ribs are tender.
4. Remove ribs from slow cooker; cover to keep warm.
5. Skim excess fat from sauce; return ribs to sauce.
6. Stir gently until evenly coated.

Here is the original recipe:

10 thoughts on “Slow Cooker BBQ Short Ribs

    1. Dana Post author

      And they’re so much cheaper to make at home than paying for them at the restaurants Rachel! I hope you try out the recipe and enjoy them as much as we did! Thanks for the comment. 😀

  1. Annacia

    Hi Dana. I’m so pleased that your finding recipes that you enjoy in my collection my friend. 😀

    Thanks so much for adding your drool worthy photo to the recipe also. I can almost smell the aroma just looking at the pic!

    1. Dana Post author

      Annacia, I’m so happy you like the photo! My stepfather was reading the blog and he began salivating thinking of those ribs again, lol. Seriously, what a fantastic recipe you shared…thank you so much! I certainly cannot wait to check out some more of your collection! 🙂

    1. Dana Post author

      LOL thanks Jocelyn…and they really do taste as good as they look. Such an awesome and easy recipe to follow! 😀

  2. Kizzikate

    I love this recipe, it’s in my crockpot right now! I’ve also done it with pork ribs, and also pork loin that I shred to make pulled pork. All were delicious. I too, love Sweet Baby Rays’ BBQ sauce.

    1. Dana Post author

      Thanks for the comment Kate! I think I’ll have to try your suggested preparations as well. You can’t go wrong with such a simple recipe & a great sauce! 🙂


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