Slow Cooker Bar-B-Q Pork Ribs with Sweet Potatoes

Do you love to make barbeque spare ribs at home, but don’t have the time to fire up the smoker during the week? That’s why I came up with this easy to make recipe for Slow Cooker BBQ Pork Ribs with Sweet Potatoes. Not only does this BBQ ribs recipe make incredible fall off the bone barbecue pork. It’s just as good as anything you’d pick up at your favorite barbecue restaurant on the way home from work. Plus, you'll be cooking up a side dish of sweet potatoes at the same time in your crock-pot! This recipe is brought to you by This Mama Cooks.
  • 15m

    prep time

  • 8h

    Cook Time

  • 6



  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 racks St. Louis style pork spare ribs (3 to 3 1/3 pounds each)
  • 1 bottle Stubb’s Legendary Bar-B-Q sauce, your choice of flavor
  • 4-6 sweet potatoes
  • Fixings for sweet potatoes
  • Extra Stubb’s Legendary Bar-B-Q sauce your choice of flavor(s)


  • Line crock with slow cooker liner or spray with cooking spray.

  • Place the onion slices at the bottom of the crock.

  • Place ribs in slow cooker, meat side towards the side of the crock so the ribs line the crock. It’s OK if the rib ends overlap.

  • Wash the sweet potatoes. Pierce each sweet potato a couple of times with a fork. Wrap in aluminum foil and place in the middle of the crock between the two racks of ribs.

  • Place the lid on the crock. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or high for 4 to 6 hours until the meat on the ribs is falling off and the sweet potatoes are soft.

  • Remove the foil from the sweet potatoes and serve on the side or make into a sweet potato mash.

  • Serve the BBQ pork ribs with a little juice from the crock and/or barbecue sauce.

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