Crock Pot Beef Ribs (Tender and Delicious)

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Learn to make flavorful, fall-apart tender crock pot beef ribs!

Crock Pot Country Beef Ribs

These slow cooker beef ribs are the perfect recipe for fall-off-the-bone tender ribs. The best part is, you can enjoy them with your family without heating up the kitchen or standing over a grill.

One of my favorite ways to slow cook meat is by using a combination of bottled barbecue sauce, fresh lemon, fresh onion, and a bottle or can of Coca Cola. Yep, coke is my secret ingredient! Each ingredient plays a key role in tenderizing and infusing the meat with flavor and the blend of the four together is finger-licking good.

Of course, being able to toss and go makes this an even better recipe. Throw it in before you head out for the day and have a barbecue feast waiting when you come home! But if you wanted to make them in the oven, here is my recipe for oven-baked baby back ribs.

Super easy and melt-in-your-mouth tenderness. What more could you want, right? If you’re on the hunt for more easy slow cooker recipes to enjoy, this post features 13 slow cooker recipes to get you started!

Crock Pot Country Beef Ribs - and Why I Didn't Cry

Recipe Ingredients

  • Country beef ribs (or ribs of your choice)
  • Bottle of barbecue sauce
  • Onion
  • Can or bottle of Coca Cola
  • Lemon

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How to Make Crock Pot Beef Ribs

Place the ribs in the bottom of a 6-quart slow cooker. Pour the barbecue sauce over (reserve about 1/2 cup). Pour the coke over. Toss in the lemon and onion. 

(As long as your ribs will easily fit in this slow cooker, the number of ingredients are the same).

Cook this on low for 7-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.

I prefer to go on the longer end of cooking time so that the meat is extra tender. So for me, that would be low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours

Serve with reserved bbq sauce for dipping or topping.

Crock Pot Country Beef Ribs - and Why I Didn't Cry

Yum! There is so much flavor in this fall-apart tender beef!

Crock Pot Country Beef Ribs - and Why I Didn't Cry

Enjoy! I like to serve these with my perfect roasted vegetables to keep the meal low fuss and delicious. 


  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can either reheat in the microwave or oven.
  • You can also freeze leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before following the above reheating instructions.

Recipe Notes

  • If you like, you can caramelize your bbq ribs under the broiler in your oven after slow cooking. It only takes a few minutes, but this will ensure they’re nice and caramelized before serving. However, this step isn’t necessary. You can also put them on the grill for a few minutes too, if you prefer.
  • For more spice, add a tablespoon of cayenne pepper.
  • To make this an even easier recipe without unnecessary clean-up, use a slow cooker liner in your crockpot. You can find them in your grocery store where you get the aluminum foil and plastic bags.
  • If you prefer Dr. Pepper instead of Coca Cola, you can totally use a can of that instead.

Recipe FAQs

What kind of beef ribs do I use in this recipe?

You can use whichever beef ribs you like. Whether that’s boneless short ribs or bone short ribs, the choice is yours.

What do I serve with my crock pot beef ribs?

I mentioned above that I love serving my beef ribs with roasted vegetables, like carrot, potato, and Brussel sprouts. But you could also serve your crock pot ribs sprinkled with green onion and on a bed of mashed potato, garlic mashed potato, or mashed cauliflower for a low-carb version.

Alternatively, serve your ribs with coleslaw, corn, and a side of cornbread. Or opt for baked beans and biscuits! All of these options are so tasty!

You may also enjoy these other sensational slow cooker recipes: 

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

Tuscany Pot Roast and Veggies

Slow Cooker Italian Sausage and Peppers in Crockpot

Beef Stew Recipe for Slow Cooker

Pulled Pork Slow Cooker Recipe (Southern-Style)

Crock Pot Lasagna

Bowl of beef ribs (game day recipes).

Crock Pot Beef Ribs

These crock pot beef ribs are super easy to make and result in tender melt-in-your-mouth beef ribs, best served with roasted vegetables.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef
Servings: 4
Calories: 532kcal


  • country beef ribs or ribs of your choice
  • 1 18-ounce bottle spicy BBQ sauce or bbq sauce of your choice, reserve ½ cup.
  • 1 lemon quartered
  • 1 onion chopped or quartered
  • 10-12 ounces Coca Cola


  • Place the ribs in the bottom of the slow cooker. Pour the sauce over (reserve about 1/2 cup). Pour coke over. Toss in the lemon and onion.
    country beef ribs or ribs of your choice, 1 18-ounce bottle spicy BBQ sauce, 1 lemon, 1 onion, 10-12 ounces Coca Cola
  • Cook on low for 7 to 8 hours or high for 3 to 4 hours.
  • Serve with reserved bbq sauce for dipping or topping.
    1 18-ounce bottle spicy BBQ sauce


As long as your ribs will easily fit in this slow cooker, the number of other ingredients are the same.


Calories: 532kcal
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  1. 5 stars
    Was looking for a nice fall, hearty meal. This recipe fit the bill. Came out tender and tasty. Made homemade mashed potatoes to go along with it. Everyone enjoyed to the fullest.

  2. 5 stars
    I made this tonight. I used an orange instead of a lemon and root beer in place of Coke. They were amazing I took some of the sauce and reduced it when they were done to put on top.
    This was the first time I’ve ever made beef ribs, and they were fall apart tender.

  3. It’s hard seeing our babies fly out of the nest, but they come back!

    I’m going to try this rib recipe. Can I use some kind of pork ribs instead? My hubs is partial to pork. Just wanted to check.

  4. Dear Christy,
    You are entering the best and forever times with Brady. Your ‘parenting’ times have almost come to an end and he can finally become one of your best friends. You have spent 18 years guiding him, correcting him, leading him and teaching him how to be an adult. Now, you get to sit back and reap the fruits of that labor!
    My ‘babies’ are now 40 and 34 with wonderful, God loving spouses and children of their own! And I hear my words coming out of their mouths to their children! I thought they weren’t listening. . .
    My advice to you (you can’t wait, can you?) is this:
    1. Pray mightily for him: That he makes Godly friends with values like his. That because God is always with him and in him, that Brady’s ears and heart always hear His Voice whispering to him (Brady) which way to go and which door to walk through.
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    Trust yourself that YOU raised them right and JESUS HAS THEM! The other 1%? I don’t want to know! It’s between them and God and I trust my children learned a valuable lesson!**
    Sorry this is so long. I could write a book and give advice all day long. This step is as monumental as the 1st one!! Enjoy every minute.

  5. Hi Christy love all your recipes. Could I use stew meat or boneless stew meat instead of beef ribs. Do you have a recipe for vegetable stew using tomato sauce and rotisserie chicken pieces. You have a very handsome son and I pray for success for him in college. God Blessed.

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