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Fall Off The Bone Ribs

Thick, rich BBQ taste that you can’t help but get all over the face. No one can resist Slow Cooker Fall Off The Bone Ribs, beer barbecue style!

Slow Cooker Fall Off The Bone Ribs

My fellow meat lovers should also try this Slow Cooker Cherry Coke Pulled Pork. I also have a feeling that you’re going to love this Buffalo Chicken Dip, it’s the best appetizer dip recipe!

When I think of the best ribs I ever had, I can close my eyes and imagine my Dad, he sure loved his ribs. Yet, not just any ribs, it had to be made the way my Mom did.

Flash forward to today and I can’t think of the dish without smiling at childhood days of sauce all over the face and laughing with dad while Mom tried to wipe my face amidst all the giggles.

Good ‘ol country-style ribs!

Unfortunately, I cannot find my Mom’s recipe, even though I know it used to home with all the others in her cherished Recipe Box. I would love to add it to my own, here, yet until I find it, I always had to use a replacement.

Yet, it has to be a really good version, or it just wouldn’t do for my own family.

How to make fall off the bone ribs

I recall my Mom telling me once is that the key to great ribs is to tenderize, sear the outside and then slow cook. So, I watched her with interest as I watched the boil, fry and slow cook 3-step process.

Sure, there was a few extra steps in there, and I’m not entirely convinced they are absolutely necessary. Yet they were darn good ribs, and I am still not about to argue.

The recipe I use today is as much as I can recall from hers, yet I’m sure I’m missing an ingredient or two. I boil baby back pork ribs until they turn grey, just like she did.

Then I slather them with a blend of delicious spices and sear to hold in the flavour. I usually use the stove-top and her old cast iron pan, yet it’s the season, grill to sear if you wish!

I pour on the beer {or beef stock if you wish, yet I’d reach for the beer myself} and slow cook. Slow.

The last step is the introduction of sauce, completing the recipe by producing that thick, rich BBQ taste that you can’t help but get all over the face.

Winter or Summer, no one can resist these tender crockpot Ribs!

Thick, rich BBQ taste that you can't help but get all over the face. Winter or Summer, no one can resist Fall Off The Bone Ribs, beer barbecue style!

Fall Off The Bone Ribs

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes

Thick, rich BBQ taste that you can't help but get all over the face. No one can resist Slow Cooker Fall Off The Bone Ribs, beer barbecue style!


  • 1/2 cup Paprika
  • 1/4 cup Onion Powder
  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Pepper
  • 2 1/2 lbs Baby Back Pork Ribs
  • 1/2 - 3/4 can Beer {or beef stock}
  • 1 bottle BBQ Sauce {I always use Original Sweet Baby Rays for Ribs}
  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • Sesame Seeds and chopped Chives for garnish


  1. Combine paprika, onion powder, sugar, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
  2. Cut ribs into sections and roll pieces in the mixture until coated
  3. If using a frying pan, add choice of oil and preheat to med-high {can also do this on the grill}
  4. Sear seasoned ribs for about 2 minutes on each side
  5. Place seasoned ribs in slow cooker and pour beer over ribs
  6. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours
  7. Mix together BBQ sauce and honey and add to slow cooker
  8. Cook for 2 hours on high or 4 hours on low
  9. Garnish with seeds and chives
  10. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 6 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 659Saturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 123mgSodium: 1046mgCarbohydrates: 65gFiber: 6gSugar: 53gProtein: 36g

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    1. Sooo good! I think I’ll be making this over the weekend, supposed to be rainy – great time to pull out the slow cooker!

    1. They are! Also, I really need to not come to this post when I’m starving. 9am ribs? YES PLEASE!

  1. Don’t you just love your slow cooker?? I love mine and another great recipe to try!! My Mum is from England and made the best ever scones…recipe lost!! I have tried to replicate it, searched in old bookstores for the recipe but to no avail…recipes past down are like gold and so sad when they are lost 🙂

    1. Oh yes, best invention ever! I don’t know what I’d do without my slow cooker!! Hope you find that recipe, I’d love to try them myself!

  2. I am vegetarian but wanted to stop by and say how well done your food photography is. Thanks for the hard work you put into it!

  3. Ooh…we are having a cookout this weekend. These might be on the menu to save some space for other goodies on the grill!

  4. Oh Tammi I’m pretty sure you’re my fiance’s new best friend. I just sent him the picture of this while he was a work and he asked me if I was able to make it for him. Score a new recipe for the collection!

  5. Yum! I’m not a fan of ribs, but may try to substitute another type of red meat.

  6. These look delicious, even at 7 am. Another recipe to print, thanks for sharing.

  7. Im going to try this next time my kids are home they love ribs, I have tried lots of diff recipes but this one looks alot easier then some of the ones I have tried. looks good

  8. just got a new slow cooker, and so far I LOVE it! So easy to prepare healthy meals.. i’m excited to try this rib recipe, looks absolutely delish! thanks!

  9. Love ribs and they do up so well in the slow cooker, will have to try this receipe

  10. Wow these look delicious! I love ribs will be pinning this one for later! Thanks for sharing

  11. Thanks for sharing your rib recipe, hope you fine your Mom’s one day too ☺ This past year we have eaten more ribs than usual…I guess because they are lean meat and we are trying to slim down… I cheat and buy ready made a lot for my own cooked from scratch in the slow cooker with some BBQ sauce were also very tastey! ☺

  12. Never cooked with beer before – had heard that it tenderizes all meats. Always willing to learn something new.

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  14. Hi Tammi,
    Your Ribs look fantastic, I can almost taste them! Happy St. Patrick’s Day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

  15. Stopping by to say that I’m featuring your recipe in this week’s Friday Favorites Link Party! Come on by tonight at 9pm (EST) to see your feature 🙂

  16. I have ribs in the freezer that I am just itching to cook…this recipe is just perfect.

  17. these sound so good! You mention boiling the ribs first, then searing, but I don’t see that step in the actual recipe. Do I need to do it?

  18. This is definitely my kind of food, fall off the bone ribs I couldn’t ask for more. 🙂 Great photos btw.

  19. This looks so good and I am looking for a new recipe for my ribs since the whole family loves them

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