Slow Cooker Bourbon Ribs

2 racks of baby back ribs Easy
3 Ratings 

Ingredients (15)

For the dry-ingredients mixture:

  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground yellow mustard seed
  • 1 tablespoon dried sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

For the barbecue sauce:

  • 8 ounces thick-cut smoked bacon, chopped
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 large shot bourbon
  • 1 cup extra-strong brewed coffee
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

For the ribs:

  • 2 racks baby back ribs
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Nutritional Information
  • Calories311
  • Fat22.31g
  • Saturated fat7.75g
  • Trans fat0.17g
  • Carbs5.58g
  • Fiber0.67g
  • Sugar3.56g
  • Protein22.43g
  • Cholesterol81.38mg
  • Sodium356.38mg
  • Nutritional Analysis per serving (20 servings) Powered by

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Slow Cooker Bourbon Ribs

Using the slow cooker allows you to get baby back pork ribs incredibly tender, but you’ll need to cook them in a sauce with tons of flavor so they’re not boring. For these easy, tasty ribs, you make a bacon-bourbon barbecue sauce for marinating and simmering the ribs. After 4 or 5 hours, when the ribs are tender, you brush them with more sauce and give them a quick turn in the broiler.

For more slow cooker meal ideas, try our crock pot baked beans recipe.

Tips for Ribs


  1. 1Mix the dry ingredients together and set aside.
  2. 2To make the barbecue sauce, cook the bacon in a medium skillet over medium heat until it starts to brown, about 10 minutes.
  3. 3Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onions have softened, about 10 more minutes.
  4. 4Add the dry-ingredients mixture and stir to evenly combine.
  5. 5Add the bourbon and stir all of the ingredients together, deglazing the pan.
  6. 6Add the bacon-vegetable mixture, coffee, ketchup, and soy sauce to a blender and blend until smooth.
  7. 7Place the sauce and ribs in an airtight container and place in the refrigerator to marinate. If you can do this overnight that’s best, but even a few hours will noticeably change the flavor of the meat.
  8. 8Turn the slow cooker on high and add the ribs and sauce. Try to stand the ribs up along the sides of the pot to keep the meat from sitting in the simmer. Cook for 4 to 5 hours until done.
  9. 9Turn on the broiler. Remove the cooked ribs from the slow cooker and place them on a baking sheet meat-side up.
  10. 10Apply a thick coat of the sauce and broil for about 5 minutes. (Make sure to keep a close eye on the ribs—you don’t want them to burn in the broiler.)
  11. 11There should be 2 cups of sauce remaining to pour into bowls and serve on the side.

Photos by Chris Rochelle

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