Fall off the Bone Dry-Rubbed Ribs

Serves 4-6

578 Calories per 4 Ribs


  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 2½ pounds pork baby back ribs (about 16)
  • ⅔ cup reduced-sugar BBQ sauce (or your favorite)


  1. Spray a slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Mix all of the dry rub ingredients together in a small bowl.
  3. Pull out the ribs and remove the membrane with a paring knife if it is still on the meat. The one I buy comes clean, so there is no need to do so.
  4. Pat the ribs dry with paper towels. 
  5. Thoroughly massage the dry rub into all sides of the ribs.
  6. Place the ribs standing up, around the sides of a slow cooker.
  7. Cover and cook on high for 4-6 hours or low for 6-8 hours, or until the meat is tender and falls off easily. I prefer cooking the ribs low and slow, it always come out perfectly.
  8. Prepare a baking pan with foil. Carefully remove the ribs from the slow cooker with tongs (they will more than likely be falling off the bone, yum). Brush the ribs with a thin layer of BBQ sauce. Sometimes I eat these without sauce, they are so tasty.  
  9. Place the ribs under the broiler for 2-3 minutes (or until the BBQ sauce is caramelized).


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