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Slow Cooker Beef Spare Ribs

  • Author: Karen Petersen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Fall off the bone tender spare ribs that seem like a lot of effort but are actually super easy and hands off. 


  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 3 pounds beef spare ribs
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • Optional: 2 Tbsp cornstarch + 2 Tbsp cold water


  1. In a small bowl combine the salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder. Cut the ribs into 4 or more smaller sections so that they will fit inside the slow cooker. Rub the seasonings on the ribs.
  2. Add broth, tomato paste and vinegar into the slow cooker. Stir a bit.
  3. Stack the ribs inside the slow cooker like books on a shelf.
  4. Cover and cook on low for about 8 hours or until tender.
  5. Open the slow cooker and remove the ribs with tongs. Set aside. If you want, make a gravy with the juices that remain in the pot. Pour the juices into a saucepan. Heat the pan on the stove over medium heat. Stir together 2 Tbsp of cold water with 2 Tbsp of cornstarch until smooth. Whisk the mixture into the pot until the sauce thickens.
  6. Serve ribs with gravy.
  • Category: Beef
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: beef