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Slow Cooker Honey-Garlic Baby Back Ribs

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Today I’m so pleased to share this delicious Slow Cooker Honey-Garlic Baby Back Ribs recipe from the new cookbook, Real Food Slow Cooker Suppers.

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This fantastic new cookbook is written by my friend and fellow food blogger, Samantha Skaggs from Five Heart Home.  You’ll find the recipe for these amazing Slow Cooker Honey-Garlic Baby Back Ribs in Real Food Slow Cooker Suppers, plus 80 other recipes for hearty and healthy slow cooker meals made entirely from real, fresh, unprocessed ingredients.


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Like me, you’ll be sure to drool over every recipe in the book including:

  • Dinnertime Classics such as Swedish Meatballs and Teriyaki Chicken Breasts
  • Comforting Main Dishes including Bacon-Wrapped Peach Jalapeño Pork Loin
  • Soups, Stews, Chilis & Chowders such as King Ranch Chicken Soup, Beefy Three-Bean Chili, and Chicken & Dumplings
  • Sandwiches, Tacos, & Wraps, Holiday Helpers, and a bonus chapter on Homemade Seasonings & Stocks

Click here to watch Samantha’s appearance on In the Kitchen With David on QVC!

Your family is sure to love the recipes in the Real Food Slow Cooker Suppers. The family-friendly main dish recipes are influenced by a variety of cuisines – some are easy weeknight dinners and some are fancy enough for those nights when you have dinner guests!

Slow Cooker Honey-Garlic Baby Back Ribs - A Family Feast

We couldn’t get enough of these Slow Cooker Honey-Garlic Baby Back Ribs! Samantha’s recipe is a perfect balance of sweet and smoky flavors. Watch how we make them here:


After coating the ribs in a flavorful spice rib (using spices you probably already have in your cabinet), the slow cooker does all of the work so you can go about your day. Once the ribs are tender, brush on some of Samantha’s honey-garlic sauce, then caramelize the ribs under the broiler (or on the grill) for just a few minutes. Serve with more of that luscious honey-garlic sauce!


Slow Cooker Honey-Garlic Baby Back Ribs - A Family Feast

These Slow Cooker Honey-Garlic Baby Back Ribs couldn’t be any easier to make – or any more delicious! The recipe for these ribs is below.

You can order your own copy of Real Food Slow Cooker Suppers on Amazon or anywhere else books are sold.

Slow Cooker Honey-Garlic Baby Back Ribs - A Family Feast

Slow Cooker Honey-Garlic Baby Back Ribs

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings


Recipe reprinted with permission from Page Street Publishing Co.


  • 2 (2 ½ – to 3-lb) racks pork baby back ribs (5 to 6 lb total)

Rib Rub

  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon mustard powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • 1 ½ cups honey
  • ¾ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • ¾ cup all-natural ketchup
  • 10 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  • Toasted sesame seeds, for garnish


  1. Cut each rack of ribs in half. In a small bowl, prepare the spice rub by combining the paprika, smoked paprika, garlic powder, mustard powder, ginger, salt, allspice and cayenne pepper until well blended. Rub the spice mixture all over both sides of each rack of ribs, coating them evenly.
  2. Stand the ribs along the walls of a large oval (or round) slow cooker (with wide ends down and meaty sides facing the exterior). Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, until the ribs are tender. (You can tell the ribs are done when the meat starts to separate as you bend the ribs.)
  3. While the ribs are cooking, prepare the sauce by combining the honey, soy sauce, ketchup, garlic and crushed red pepper flakes in a large saucepan. Over medium-high heat, bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes or until the sauce has thickened and reduced by about a third.
  4. Position an oven rack 8 inches below the heating element and preheat the broiler. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Use tongs and a metal spatula to transfer the ribs to the prepared baking sheet, meaty-side down. Spoon or brush the sauce over the ribs and broil them for 4 minutes. Carefully turn the ribs over, generously brush them with additional sauce and continue to broil for about 8 minutes, or until the ribs are browned and the sauce is caramelized, brushing with sauce once more about halfway through the cooking time.
  5. (Our notes: Although not included in the original recipe, we noticed that Samantha’s photo in the cookbook included some sesame seeds sprinkled over the top of the cooked and glazed ribs. We loved this idea and included sesame seeds in the ingredients list above. Once the ribs come out of the oven, sprinkle sesame seeds on top.)
  6. Tent the ribs with foil and allow them to rest for 10 minutes before transferring them to a cutting board and slicing. Serve the ribs with leftover sauce.

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  1. Oh my goodness, Martha…I’m suddenly craving ribs! Your description has me drooling and your photos are simply gorgeous! I so appreciate you sharing this recipe and my cookbook with your readers. And yay for a cookbook giveaway! Have a lovely weekend and thanks again for your friendship and support. 🙂

  2. Favorite slow cooker dinner – pot roast

  3. This make my mouth water and crave ribs.

  4. I like to make roast in the crock pot.

  5. These ribs look amazing. Thanks.

  6. I love soup in a crockpot.

  7. Those ribs look amazing. Even better that they can be made in the slow cooker. I love making pot roast in the slow cooker-the aroma that fills the house while it cooks makes me anxious for dinnertime to come.

  8. Linda Marshall :

    Favorite slow cooker dish—baked beans. They would be a great side with your fantastic looking ribs! Looks like the family will get to try them at the next Family Dinner! YUM!!

  9. I love making soup in the crock pot!

  10. I just may have to make these this weekend.

  11. Our favorite is pulled pork.

  12. Susan Broughton :

    Our favorite is to make Pot Roast

  13. I love to make beef stew in the crock pot or a roast! It smells so good cooking all day and tastes great too!

  14. The ribs are making my mouth water. I love how the glaze looks. Definitely gonna pick up some baby back ribs from the butcher this weekend and try this recipe.

  15. Taco soup and beef stew

  16. These ribs! I can’t wait to make them once my husband gets over the fact that the last time I made ribs, he ate so much he got sick. (Ahahahaha, not funny, but funny.) We love chili in the slow cooker. Thank you, guys!

  17. Susan Christy :

    Chicken Taco filling.

  18. I love soup simmering in my crock pot.

  19. My favorite slow-cooker meal is beef stew in the dead of winter. I MUST try slow cooking baby back ribs. Thanks for the idea!

  20. Making the ribs now. An easy way to cook them.

  21. My favorite slow-cooker recipe is Kalua Pork & Cabbage. It is a simple, easy, delicious local Hawaiian recipe that my family and I absolutely love.

  22. Those ribs look so good! My favorite dish to makecib the crockpot is chicken fajitas. But I use it all the time

  23. My family loves chicken parm in the slow cooker.

  24. Favorite slow cooker meal is Kalua pork…so tender and delicious!

  25. Sandra Stevens :

    I love everything made in a crockpot !! I can’t wait to try this rib recipe !

  26. My favorite slow cooker dinner is salsa pork chops.

  27. Beef stew is our favorite.

  28. Cashew chicken in the crock pot is one of our favorites!

  29. Erika Chilton :

    Pot Roast with Vegetables

  30. I love to cook skirt steak in the slow cooker and use it to make fajitas.

  31. Umm. Question. So we’re just putting ribs in cooker dry?

    • Hi Keith – Yes! When we first made this recipe I also questioned whether there should be liquid added but I followed Samantha’s recipe as written and the ribs cooked up perfectly tender without added liquid. Hope you enjoy the recipe as much as we do!

  32. Hi, I have close to 8lbs of ribs (not sure of true weight, without all the bones) can I stack them on top of each other? Also, some recipes call for browning the ribs first, should I brown the ribs first? Thanks so much.

    • Hi Gina – If you have a large slow cooker, I think putting all of the ribs in should be OK – although the cooking time will probably be longer. No need to brown them first!

      • Thanks so much! I had to put them on top of each other. Crossing my fingers it turns out. Last time I cooked ribs in a crock pot they came out really tough, but I cooked them on high for a shorter period of time. This time I am cooking on low for longer. Thanks again.

        • Gina,
          How did your ribs turn out when you stacked them? I am going to have to do the same as well so they fit!

  33. AMAZING, I usually do bbq
    This was an great switch up. I’ll be using this recipe every week. Toddler approved too <3

  34. Anyone finish these on a grill instead of in the oven ?

  35. Do you put any liquid in the slow cooker when cooking the ribs?

  36. Best ribs ever! cooked for 5 hours on low fell RIGHT OFF the bone