3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Barbeque Ribs

3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Barbeque Ribs


This recipe isn't for the fancy foodie of the world - this recipe is for the home cook who wants ribs, doesn't have a lot of time and needs to keep everything on a budget. Oh, and who likes to be a home cook foodie. 

Sunday night Game of Thrones started it's 6th season on HBO and the only thing I could think about to eat for dinner while watching was ribs. 

Here is my thought process ... GoT has a lot of fancy feasts... These feasts usually have a lot of meat... I want to 'recreate' a feast at home to watch but on a budget... I can make ribs which would be OK at a feast and it's easy and it's budget friendly and it's delicious. 

So ribs for dinner!  

You will need some ribs. That's the #1 ingredient in this recipe. 

I used one slab of St. Louis-style ribs. These are meatier and a little fattier than if you bought a slab of baby back ribs. This is all the store had so it was fine with me. 

Ingredients #2 and #3 are probably already in your cabinet and fridge. A jar of barbeque sauce and a can of beer. My go-to for barbeque sauce is Sweet Baby Ray's and there was a Bud Light in the fridge. 

Done and done. I like to use a beer with the sauce because it cuts out the sweetness. 

I like to salt and pepper the ribs on each side then broil it for about 5-7 min on each side. Once broiled, I cut the ribs in half to throw in the crock pot. 

Could any picture look any more unappetizing? Once the ribs are broiled on each side, cut in half, and thrown in the slow cooker it's time to do the easiest part...

Add the barbeque sauce, make sure the ribs are coated on each side, then add the beer! 

I like to add the beer last so make sure the ribs are covered in the barbeque sauce first. 

Add the lid and set on high for 4-5 hours. 

The hardest part is to not open the slow cooker to see how the ribs are looking and smelling. 

After 4-5 hours the ribs are going to be REALLY tender. They will try to fall off the bone but don't let them. 

I put them back on the sheet pan with foil, add the extra barbeque sauce that I didn't use in the beginning and broil again! 

This gives them more of the charred look, feel and taste. Leave them under the broiler for as little or as long as you want. I like to make sure the sauce is nice and caramelized. 

Then you're done!

Now it's time to enjoy with easy side dishes like potatoes and roasted vegetables. 

Perfect meal for a night you want something meaty for a show like Game of Thrones or when you just want a good meal with a light budget. 

3-Ingredient Crockpot Ribs Recipe 


  1. - 1 slab of ribs 
  2. - 1 jar of barbeque sauce of your choice 
  3. - 1 can of beer 
  4. Salt and Pepper 


  1. Salt and pepper the ribs on both sides. 
  2. Set the broiler to 500. 
  3. Broil each side of the ribs for 5-7 minutes. 
  4. Cut the ribs in half and put in the crock pot. 
  5. Pour the barbeque sauce on the ribs in the slow cooker and make sure the ribs are fully coated.
  6. Add one can of beer to the slow cooker. 
  7. Put the slow cooker on high and leave for 4-5 hours. 
  8. After 4-5 hours, remove the ribs, add any remaining barbeque sauce and broil under the broiler again for 5-7 min. 
  9. Serve with your favorite sides! 
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  1. My husband couldn't mess this up. Great recipe so easy

  2. You had me at Beer:) Three ingredient meals are perfect for this busy Mom and a slow cooker one too!!! Thanks

  3. I love easy crockpot meals, and this looks great! Yum!

  4. Omg these ribs look absolutely delicious!!! Must give your recipe a try!

  5. Oh my, these look and sound delicious! I love ribs! And, I totally agree: ribs are great for watching Game of Thrones!

  6. This is a recipe that's perfect for this Texas gal. :)


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