How To: Crock-Pot Pork Shoulder Ribs

Who else just had a yummmmm reading the title?

You should.

Slow-cooked boneless pork shoulder style ribs are easy and delicious to make, especially if you have a crock-pot.

Ready to learn how to impress your family?

Yeah, you are!

This is how OMT! makes her ribs (when G-Daddy isn’t outside smoking them on the pit):

#1) Line those boneless pork ribs on a pan and proceed with the sweet-talk.

Look how fat and plump you are.  You’re gonna be delicious when I’m done with you! 

Note the rub in the  tiny mason jar~gasp~, which was a gift…I swear.

G-Daddy makes his own special rub, but you can buy any number of delicious rubs out on the market today.

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The Fiesta brand rub is much-loved in Texas, in case you need a bit of  a starting point.

Just match the rub with the type of meat you’re cooking.

That easy!

How To: Crock-Pot Pork Shoulder Ribs

 #2) Sprinkle the pork ribs with rub, and then…RUB!

This isn’t an exact science, so if some spots are bare, meh, no biggie.

How To: Crock-Pot Pork Shoulder Ribs

#3) Layer in slow cooker.

#4) Decide how you wanna cook those badboys.

I did 6-hours on low and then another 1.5-hours on high. with no additional liquid.

You can do a 10-hour on low, also. Some folks like to add 1/2 cup of apple juice, or if you’re in my house, add a 12-oz. can of regular Dr. Pepper (roll your eyes all you want, but until it adds an amazing complexity to the meat).

The day I made these, I knew I wouldn’t have the time for a 10-hour cook, so I went for the faster method.

#5) You can finish the ribs in the oven, as well.

They will cook down and be a bit wet in the crock-pot, so if you prefer, lay them on a pan and finish in a 350° oven for about 30 minutes.

This is also where you can add the BBQ sauce if you prefer (remember anything with a high sugar content will burn quickly, so add this in the last 10-minutes or so).

Because I didn’t add any liquid to cook them in this time, when they were finished, I laid them out on a cookie sheet and put them under the broiler for about 5-minutes.

Coming out from under the broiler:

How To: Crock-Pot Pork Shoulder Ribs#6) Nom your way into a pork rib coma.


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  1. Amber Day Hicks says:

    looks AMAZING!!!

  2. Oh the combinations of liquids are endless!! Gracias mrs. t- gonna try this one out soon. Here from the Grand Social, thanks for the idea. BB2U

  3. Laura @ The Experimental Home says:

    Dr. Pepper? Interesting. My husband would never go for it, but I might have to sneak in in some ribs soon! Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays!

  4. My husband makes his own rub and I have no idea what he puts in it! But his ribs are really good. I am hoping to get him to do one more batch on the smoker before winter!

    • Mrs. Tucker says:

      We smoke year round, but of course more frequently in the warmer months. I love when the smoke is risin’…you know something good is coming.

  5. Oh yum, this sound wonderful. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  6. Lori @ A Bright and Beautiful Life says:

    Oh my goodness!!! These look delicious. I’ve pinned it so I will remember to make it. We have a freezer full of pork and I’m needing some tasty new recipes. And I’m especially glad to have one for the crock-pot. Do you think you could share this recipe post and any other delicious recipes you have at our Making Monday link party? We would love it. Thanks. Have a great day.

  7. Yum! Gotta try these ribs. Finishing them in the oven looks like the way I want to go. Dr. Pepper? Gotta try it!

  8. Christina at SWEET HAUTE says:

    Thank you for linking up at the Thursday SWEET HAUTE Share!

    ~Be Sweet
    Christina at

  9. Congrats! You were featured on Friday’s Five Features over on DIY Vintage Chic. Stop by and grab yourself a button!

  10. I love how you talk to your food! I also adore anything that can be done in the slow cooker. It just makes life so much easier, and that way instead of, “What are we doing for dinner tonight,” everyone says, “What smells so yummy, I can hardly wait for dinner.”
    I checked out all of the recipes you shared with our new link party The Yuck Stops Here. I’m so excited to have you joining us this week and sharing your YUMMY talents! I hope you enjoyed linking up and will stop by every Monday at 8pm EST! HUGS

    • Mrs. Tucker says:

      Aw, what a nice comment. Thank you for coming by…and FINALLY! someone that can understand me talking to my food! This is such an easy dish AND it makes enough for several meals of leftovers. WINNING!

  11. Sounds yummy and I love piling things up in the crockpot…set it and forget it type of cooking. Thanks for coming over and linking this up at The Yuck Stops Here! recipe link up.

  12. Turtletxn says:

    Followed the instructions as stated. This turned out AMAZING!!!

  13. Melissa Norton says:

    I have never been satisfied with other recipes for Pork Shoulder Ribs. I made these today and they are amazing! I will be making these again and again.Thanks!

  14. Looks delicious! Just came upon this when I was looking for crockpot recipes for my ribs. Just one question (Dr Pepper household here as well 🙂 ) when do I add the Dr Pepper? Before or after the 10 hour cooking time? And I would like to finish these on the grill, is that possible? Thank you!


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