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bourbon barbecue pork ribs

Slow Cooker Pork Ribs with Bourbon BBQ Sauce

The perfect finger food for a game day party! These Slow Cooker Pork Ribs with Bourbon BBQ Sauce are easy to make, and oh so delicious! Make your game day special with some delicious sticky ribs.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Slow Cooker Recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 800kcal
Author Georgina Walker


  • 4 lbs spare ribs half rack
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ cup bourbon
  • 2 cups barbecue sauce of your choice
  • ¼ cup brown sugar


  • Place paprika, cinnamon, garlic powder, oregon and salt and pepper in a small bowl and mix.
  • Using a knife, carefully remove the membrane from the rib.
  • Spoon the rib rub onto the pork ribs, and use hands to coat ribs on both sides.
  • Place ribs in slow cooker.
  • Combine barbecue sauce, bourbon and brown sugar.
  • Add ¾ of the barbecue sauce mixture to slow cooker.
  • Cook on high 4 hours, or low 8 hours.
  • Once cooked, set oven to broil at 300F.
  • Remove ribs and place on tin foil lined baking tray.
  • Spoon over 4 tablespoons of the rib sauce from slow cooker.
  • Baste ½ of the remaining barbecue sauce.
  • Set in oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until sauce starts to caramelize.
  • Place remaining barbecue sauce and leftover juices into a small bowl for dipping.
  • Cut ribs into pieces and serve.
  • Garnish with a little parsley if desired.


For oven method:
  • Rub pork ribs with the rib rub.
  • Preheat oven to 250F.
  • Wrap ribs in tin foil.
  • Place in oven and cook 2 to 2.5 hours.
  • Remove from oven, discard juices.
  • Baste with the rib sauce on both sides.
  • Place back in oven for 30 minutes, basting every 5 minutes until sauce is sticky.
  • Cut ribs into pieces and serve.
  • Use a spoon to carefully scrape remaining barbecue sauce into a serving dish for dipping.


Calories: 800kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 59g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 223mg | Sodium: 1561mg | Potassium: 1227mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 810IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 3.6mg