Barbecue Crock Pot Ribs Recipe (Made with Beef!) - Dr. Axe

Barbecue Crock Pot Ribs Recipe

Crock pot ribs recipe - Dr. Axe

BBQ ribs are a food appearing on more and more menus as of late. The traditionally southern food is making its way onto plates across the country. But for a lot of home cooks, ribs seem like an intimidating dish to prepare. Until crock pot ribs came onto the scene, that is.

Preparing ribs in the crock pot is one of the easiest, fool-proof methods of getting this dish right. Thanks to the long cooking hours, you’ll be left with ribs so tender that the meat falls right off the bone. With just a few minutes of prep, you’ll find yourself whipping up these crock pot ribs quite often.

Why Beef Ribs? The Problem with Pork

Crock pot ribs ingredients - Dr. Axe

You’ll notice that these are beef, not pork, ribs. If you’ve been following me for some time, you’ll know that’s because I avoid pork. Pigs digest everything they eat in a relatively short amount of time, leaving little opportunity to get rid of toxins and harmful substances. Because we eat what our animals eat, this means we’re consuming them too.

Pigs also carry quite a bit of parasites in them, which can be tough to eliminate even after cooking. Because of the inhumane conditions that most pigs live in, they’re also riddled with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which can cause real health issues in humans.

With beef, however, there’s a much lower risk of all those conditions. Whenever possible, I advocate purchasing grass-fed beef. This type of beef has even more nutrients than its traditional counterpart and is more likely to be free from hormones and antibiotics. It also tastes really darn good!


Nutrition Facts

These crockpot ribs are packed with protein and good-for-you nutrients. When served with my homemade barbecue sauce recipe, one serving of ribs provides: (1)

  • 535 calories
  • 71 grams protein
  • 14.8 grams fat
  • 1,169 milligrams sodium
  • 1,332 milligrams potassium (28 percent daily value)
  • 26.8 grams carbohydrates (9 percent daily value)
  • 3 grams fiber (11 percent daily value)
  • 20.1 grams sugar
  • 71 percent daily value vitamin A
  • 15 percent daily value vitamin C
  • 2 percent daily value calcium
  • 248 percent daily value iron
Crock pot ribs recipe - Dr. Axe


These crockpot ribs have a high amount of vitamin A. This powerful antioxidant is vital for maintaining skin and eye health. It also helps to boost your immune system and reduce inflammation by keeping cells from becoming overactive.

Potassium is the third most abundant mineral in the body. It’s an essential nutrient required for the function of several organs and to maintain fluid and electrolyte balance. Eating one servings of these slow cooker ribs will give you approximately 28 percent of your daily recommended value!

How to Make Crockpot Ribs

Now that we know how good these crockpot ribs are for us, it’s time to make ’em!

Crock pot ribs step 1 - Dr. Axe

Start by seasoning the ribs with the spice blend.

Crock pot ribs step 2 - Dr. Axe

Make sure you get the ribs nice and covered with the seasoning for optimal flavor.

Crock pot ribs step 3 - Dr. Axe

Next, place the ribs in the crock pot standing up on their side.

Crock pot ribs step 4 - Dr. Axe

Next, cover the ribs in the homemade barbecue sauce, making sure to get both sides.

Crock pot ribs recipe - Dr. Axe

The “hard” part is over! Now all that’s left to do is let these ribs cook for about 8 hours, or until the meat is fork tender.

Crock pot ribs recipe - Dr. Axe

If you’d like, add more barbecue sauce to serve and enjoy!

Crock pot ribs recipe - Dr. Axe

Total Time

Prep: 5 minutes; Total: 8 hours 5 minutes



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  • 3 pounds beef ribs
  • Rub for the ribs:
  • 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 recipe Barbecue Sauce


  1. Season the ribs with the seasoning blend.
  2. Place the ribs in the crock pot on their side (standing up).
  3. Pour the homemade barbecue sauce over the ribs on both sides.
  4. Cook on low for 8 hours, or until fork tender.
  5. Add more homemade barbecue sauce if desired.

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  1. bailey on

    is it just me or did i miss something. the article states beef ribs and to stay away from pork. But the pics in the article shows pork ribs. or did they develop a quarter size cow approximately the size of a pig. and this new miniature cow has meat colored very similar to pork. but hey, you learn something new everyday.


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