Slow Cooker Pork Spare Ribs

For you folks who don’t have grills or the time or patience to use them, I have created an alternative way to worship the mighty spare rib. This one is a slow cooker reciepe, mostly. If done right, these babies will make a southerner cry and a northerner wish they could just start over somewhere really warm.







! cup Brown Sugar
1 Cup Beer
1 packet of Fajita Seasoning
2 Tbs Hungarian Sweet Paprika
1 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp granulated garlic
2 tsp Lemon Pepper
1 tsp dry Rosemary
3 cloves or 1 Tsp minced garlic
1 Tbs Honey
3 Tbs Worcestershire Sauce
1 Tsp of brown mustard
2 Tsp of catsup
3 tsp of Liquid Hickory Smoke
2 Racks of washed and trimmed spareribs,
1/2 cup of Sweet Baby Ray’s Bar B Q Sauce (optional)


  1. Mix together dry rub ingredients: Combine brown sugar, fajita seasoning, paprika, dry mustard, lemon pepper, granulated garlic and rosemary in a small mixing bowl.
  2. Coat both sides of each rack with the dry rub (racks can be halved for easier handling); Cover both racks with a couple of layers of plastic wrap and place in the fridge overnight. Save any left over rub.
  3. Curl the standing racks of ribs around each other with the thicker side down in the crockpot.
  4. In a small sauce pan, mix the any remaining rub and beer. Whisk in honey, Worcestershire sauce, 2 tsp of the liquid smoke and catsup together with the beer rub mixture in a bowl. Heat stirring until thickened.
  5. Pour mixture over ribs and set crock pot on low for 7 hours to get a cooked but not yet falling off the bone rack of ribs. Remove ribs from crock pot and place on a cooking sheet lined with aluminum foil.
  6. Mix together 1 tsp of liquid smoke and the Sweet Baby Ray’s Bar B Q sauce.
  7. Using a brush, paint ribs with sauce. Place cookie sheet under broiler on high for 3 minutes. Turn over the racks and repeat till ribs are coated with a caramelized glaze. You can go longer if you want to char the tips a bit.
  8. Cut into individual ribs and enjoy noisily with some paper towels and a libation of your choice.