17 Slow-Cooker Ribs to Serve at Your Next Barbecue

17 Slow-Cooker Ribs to Serve at Your Next Barbecue
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Burgers and hot dogs are great, but nothing screams “SUMMER” quite like messy, saucy, bone-in ribs. And, while the oven-to-grill method can be overwhelming, slow-cooker ribs are far easier and come out pretty much the same way. Time in the slow cooker gives your ribs that fall-off-the-bone quality, but doesn’t take too much time out of your day. Sounds perfect, right?

There are so many styles of slow-cooker ribs to choose from, too. First off, you need to pick what type of rib to use. If you want pork, you can get baby back ribs (small) or spare ribs (bigger). If you’d rather go with beef, you can get short ribs—just note that these will probably be a knife-and-fork kind of deal.

Once you’ve chosen a cut for your slow-cooker ribs, you’ll need to choose a recipe. The ones below range from typical barbecue ribs, to less-common choices like Asian-style ribs or brothy braised short ribs. Choose one to make this weekend, invite friends over, and let the night go where it will.

STYLECASTER | 17 Slow-Cooker Ribs to Serve at Your Next Barbecue | Dr. Pepper Ribs

An Affair From the Heart.

1. Dr. Pepper Ribs

These baby back ribs are extra sweet, thanks to a generous pour of Dr. Pepper.

STYLECASTER | 17 Slow-Cooker Ribs to Serve at Your Next Barbecue | Simple Barbecue Ribs

How to Feed a Loon.

2. Simple Barbecue Ribs

These easy slow-cooker ribs get their flavor from spices and barbecue sauce (which you can make from scratch, or buy).

STYLECASTER | 17 Slow-Cooker Ribs to Serve at Your Next Barbecue | Country-Style Ribs

Craving Tasty.

3. Country-Style Ribs

These big ol’ slow-cooker pork ribs stew in a great broth that you should definitely save for later.

STYLECASTER | 17 Slow-Cooker Ribs to Serve at Your Next Barbecue | Beef Short Ribs

The Stay-at-Home Chef.

4. Beef Short Ribs

Beef short ribs aren’t the ones you think about when someone says “summer barbecue,” but maybe it’s time to change that.

STYLECASTER | 17 Slow-Cooker Ribs to Serve at Your Next Barbecue | Fall-off-the-Bone Ribs

Carlsbad Cravings.

5. Fall-off-the-Bone Ribs

These tender ribs have double the flavor, thanks to a sweet-and-spicy rub—plus barbecue sauce.

STYLECASTER | 17 Slow-Cooker Ribs to Serve at Your Next Barbecue | Sticky Asian Pork Ribs

The Recipe Critic.

6. Sticky Asian Pork Ribs

These Asian-style slow-cooker ribs don’t stray too far from the barbecue ribs you grew up eating, but sesame seeds and a special glaze make them interesting.

STYLECASTER | 17 Slow-Cooker Ribs to Serve at Your Next Barbecue | Apple Barbecue Ribs

Cincy Shopper.

7. Apple Barbecue Ribs

These apple ribs don’t count as a serving of fruit, but they sure are delicious.

STYLECASTER | 17 Slow-Cooker Ribs to Serve at Your Next Barbecue | Baby Back Ribs

Dinner at the Zoo.

8. Baby Back Ribs

It literally couldn’t be easier to whip up a batch of these kid-friendly baby back ribs.

STYLECASTER | 17 Slow-Cooker Ribs to Serve at Your Next Barbecue | Sriracha-Cranberry Ribs

Recipe Girl.

9. Sriracha-Cranberry Ribs

Sweet, spicy and crowd-pleasing, these slow-cooker Sriracha ribs are sure to delight.

STYLECASTER | 17 Slow-Cooker Ribs to Serve at Your Next Barbecue | Chinese Spare Ribs

Butter Your Biscuit.

10. Chinese Spare Ribs

These big, Asian-style ribs taste great alongside a rice salad, or some grilled vegetables.

STYLECASTER | 17 Slow-Cooker Ribs to Serve at Your Next Barbecue | Louisiana Ribs

The Magical Slow Cooker.

11. Louisiana Ribs

You’ll probably be craving beignets after tucking into these Cajun-style ribs.

STYLECASTER | 17 Slow-Cooker Ribs to Serve at Your Next Barbecue | Beer-Braised Spare Ribs

Midwest Foodie Blog.

12. Beer-Braised Short Ribs

There’s no reason you can’t treat yourself to slow-cooker beer-braised ribs in the summertime.

STYLECASTER | 17 Slow-Cooker Ribs to Serve at Your Next Barbecue | Korean Short Ribs

No Spoon Necessary.

13. Korea-Style Short Ribs

You’ll definitely need a knife and fork for these saucy Korean-style short ribs.

STYLECASTER | 17 Slow-Cooker Ribs to Serve at Your Next Barbecue | Honey Buffalo Ribs

Carlsbad Cravings.

14. Honey Buffalo Ribs

Honey Buffalo ribs are just as they sound—sweet, spicy, and unbeatable.

STYLECASTER | 17 Slow-Cooker Ribs to Serve at Your Next Barbecue | Country-Style Pork Ribs With Parmesan Grits

Cooking Bride.

15. Country-Style Pork Ribs With Parmesan Grits

The country-style ribs are great, but the Parmesan grits are the real star here.

STYLECASTER | 17 Slow-Cooker Ribs to Serve at Your Next Barbecue | Coca-Cola Ribs

Cincy Shopper.

16. Coca-Cola Ribs

Don’t worry, these slow-cooker Coca-Cola ribs don’t actually taste like you’re drinking a Coke.

STYLECASTER | 17 Slow-Cooker Ribs to Serve at Your Next Barbecue | Guinness Beef Ribs

Ask Chef Dennis.

17. Guinness Beef Ribs

These Guinness-braised ribs work any time of year. And, the drink pairing is obvious.

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