Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs + Paleo BBQ Sauce

Ok, you have to try these and I mean HAVE to. If you don’t have a slow cooker, go buy one just to make these ribs – believe me, it will be worth it. This recipe comes from the blog, she always has fun things going on and has some great recipes. This is the best barbecue sauce I have ever eaten and I’ve eaten a lot in my life. I make it in double batches just for my husband and me and it still disappears like we have teenagers drinking it out of the jar.

Prep time: 45 min; Cook time: 6 hours (totally worth it)

Makes 2 cups BBQ sauce and 2-3 lbs ribs


  1. 2 cups tomato sauce
  2. 2/3 cups unsweetened apple sauce
  3. 4 tablespoons coconut aminos (I use Bragg liquid aminos because that’s what I can find here)
  4. 2 tablespoons dijon mustard (I use brown mustard because I like it better)
  5. 2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
  6. 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  7. 1 tablespoon ghee or grass-fed butter
  8. 2 cloves garlic, finely minced (or not so fine; if you want chunks, use chunks)
  9. 2 teaspoons chili powder
  10. 1 teaspoon paprika
  11. 1/2 teaspoon cayenne (use more for extra spice)
  12. 1 yellow onion, medium dice (I usually use two & slice them)
  13. 2-3 lbs pork baby back ribs
  14. Salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste


  1. Mix tomato sauce, apple sauce, vinegar, aminos, mustard, hot pepper sauce and black pepper until they are combined
  2. In a medium saucepan melt butter over medium heat and add garlic, chili powder, paprika and cayenne, stirring until fragrant (or until you want to climb into the pot and lick the bottom – you will know what I mean when you make this)
  3. Stir in your tomato sauce mixture and bring to a boil
  4. Simmer gently uncovered for 25-30 minutes (stir every once in awhile & scrape the sides of the pot)
  5. Cool to room temperature in a mason jar or other refrigerator safe container (1 batch fits in a quart jar, for a double batch, I use a quart & a pint jar; Note: use wide-mouth jars, it’s much easier to pour into)
  6. Meanwhile prep your crockpot by dicing (or slicing) one (or two) yellow onion(s) and spreading it/them on the bottom of your slow cooker
  7. Liberally season your racks of ribs with salt, pepper and garlic powder
  8. Cut your racks to fit into the slow cooker then stack a rack of ribs, coat with BBQ sauce and repeat unti it’s full
  9. Cook on low for 6-8 hours until the meat is falling off the bone
  10. Serve with a dipper (or large bowl full) of BBQ sauce on the side

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