Easy Crockpot Riblets Recipe

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Crockpot riblets are tender, fall off the bone pork riblets. Slow cooked then dipped in a sticky bbq sauce.

Crockpot riblets

Get ready to indulge in fall-off-the-bone goodness with these incredibly easy crockpot riblets recipe. Perfectly cooked and bursting with flavor, these riblets are a mouthwatering delight that will leave you craving for more. Perfect for family get together or simply serving dinner. They are designed to lighten the load on the cook.

Using our tried-and-tested recipe, you’ll achieve tender, juicy riblets without any hassle. With just a few simple ingredients and minimal prep time, your crockpot will work its magic while you go about your day.

Our secret is in the slow cooking process, which allows the flavors to meld together beautifully. The meat becomes irresistibly tender, practically falling off the bone with every bite. From the first mouthful, you’ll understand why these riblets are an absolute crowd-pleaser.

So, whether you’re a seasoned cook or a beginner in the kitchen, our crockpot riblets recipe will make you the star of the show. Give it a try and experience the joy of effortless cooking and unforgettable taste.

Benefits of using a crockpot for pork riblets

Ribs are designed to be slow cooked. When they are cooked at a higher temperature the muscle fibers tend to tighten resulting in a much tougher bite. The ribs can still taste good and be tender but in a blind fold situation the texture difference is night and day. This cooking method is also perfect for beef rib lovers because the beef comes out super tender.

This crockpot riblets recipe is different than the oven baked version. With this recipe the ribs sit in a seasoned broth, infusing flavor into each bit.

What riblets should you choose & options

Riblets are ribs but we give them different names depending on where the cuts come from. In the photos, you see the riblets from the rib tips. This is cut from the spare rib rack before you can consider it a St. Louis cut. This part is cheaper because there isn’t as much natural flavor as the other parts.

However, you can use any ribs you like for this recipe. I do recommend slicing the riblets from the main rib if you’re using the baby back ribs or St. Louis cut before placing them into the crockpot. This way you will have the individual bites like you see in the photos.

How To Make Crockpot Riblets

Ingredients needed

  • Ribkets
  • Chicken broth
  • Liquid smoke
  • Barbecue sauce (your favorite brand)
  • Seasoning mix (listed below)
Crockpot riblets

Helpful tips for the recipe

  • Do not allow the riblets to cook too long. When you remove the ribs from the crockpot they should not be falling apart. You should be able to easily pick them up and sauce them. If you overcook them they can still be tasty but they will be a pain to handle.
  • It’s best to sauce the ribs in the oven. I do not want you to risk burning yourself trying to remove the hot liquid from the crockpot. If you were to place the ribs back in the liquid would wash off all the bbq sauce and you’ll loose that stickiness.

Making the riblets in the crockpot

  1. First, mix all the ingredient for the seasoning mix together. Remove the ribs from the package and pat them dry if needed. Season all the ribs heavy. The rub is good for up to 3 pounds of ribs.
  2. Now, measure out the chicken broth then mix the liquid smoke in with the chicken broth.
  3. Next, arrange the riblets in the crockpot so that they all fit, you can crowd them if you need to but try not to stack them. Then, pour the chicken broth and liquid smoke mix over all the riblets.
  4. The liquid should fill up where just the tops of the riblets are out. This is why I said do not stack them.
  5. Cook on high for 2.5 hours. If you have a temperature probe the ribs should read 190-200F. Remove the ribs from the crockpot and baste them with barbecue sauce. If wanting to cook on low I would check the ribs around the 4-5 hour mark.
  6. Place in a preheated oven to 275F for 30 minutes. You will flip the ribs at 15 minutes and baste the other side with bbq. Once they are done and sticky they are ready to serve. Enjoy!

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Crockpot riblets

Crockpot Riblets Recipe

Crockpot riblets are tender, fall off the bone pork riblets. Slow cooked then dipped in a sticky bbq sauce.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 serving

Equipment

  • Crockpot

Ingredients
 

  • 2-3 pounds pork riblets (rib tips were used in photos)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • barbecue sauce of choice

Seasoning Rub

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika

Instructions
 

  • First, mix all the ingredient for the seasoning mix together. Remove the ribs from the package and pat them dry if needed. Season all the ribs heavy. The rub is good for up to 3 pounds of ribs.
  • Now, measure out the chicken broth then mix the liquid smoke in with the chicken broth. 
  • Next, arrange the riblets in the crockpot so that they all fit, you can crowd them if you need to but try not to stack them. Then, pour the chicken broth and liquid smoke mix over all the riblets. The seasoning will come off some of the ribs but this is ok.
  • The liquid should fill up where just the tops of the riblets are out. This is why I said do not stack them.
  • Cook on high for 2.5 hours. If you have a temperature probe the ribs should read 190-200F. Remove the ribs from the crockpot and baste them with barbecue sauce. If wanting to cook on low I would check the ribs around the 4-5 hour mark.
  • Place in a preheated oven to 275F for 30 minutes. You will flip the ribs at 15 minutes and baste the other side with bbq. Once they are done and sticky they are ready to serve. Enjoy!
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