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Slow Cooker Honey Bourbon Ribs

Prep Time8 hrs 45 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time16 hrs 45 mins
Servings: 4 -6 servings


For the ribs:

  • ~4 pounds pork spare ribs baby back ribs would work too
  • ¼ cup your favorite store-bought rib rub

For the honey bourbon BBQ sauce:

  • ½ of a white onion sliced into strips
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ½ cup bourbon
  • ½ cup honey
  • ? cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon salt


To prep the ribs:

  • Spread rub all over ribs and massage in with your hands.
  • Wrap in foil or plastic wrap on a baking sheet and let sit overnight in the refrigerator.

To make the honey bourbon BBQ sauce:

  • Place all sauce ingredients into a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sauce has reduced by about ¼. This will take ~30 minutes.
  • Let cool.
  • Place sauce in a high powered blender and blend until well combined and smooth.

To cook the spareribs:

  • Place spare ribs in slow cooker.
  • Slather with ~½ of the BBQ sauce.
  • Cook on low for 8-9 hours, or on high for 4-5 hours.
  • Once cooked, carefully remove the ribs from slow cooker and place on foil-lined (for easier clean up) baking sheet.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Slather ribs with more of the BBQ sauce and cook for 10-15 minutes in preheated oven, until slightly crispy on the edges.
  • Serve immediately with remaining BBQ sauce.


Prep time includes letting the ribs marinate in the rub overnight.