Slow Cooker Ribs Finished on the Grill

Slow Cooker Ribs are so easy when your Slow Cooker does the work and they are finished on the grill.   These are perfect for a holiday weekend when everyone is chilling by the pool and then starving at the end of the day!  They are part of a special family celebration we have every year in our family.

slow cooker ribs finished on the gril


Memorial Day weekend is so special for our family because our son Jhenya  was adopted from Russia and came home to Atlanta on May 23rd, 2009, just before Memorial day.

We were supposed to gradually wean Jhenya off his Russian Orphanage diet of porridge, pasta, eggs and chicken, but he loved American food instantly! Ribs almost immediately became one of his favorite foods.

 This recipe is one of the easiest for ribs and practically foolproof.


Russian Adoption Anniversary

American Food on Jhenya’s First Day home 

He and Nicholas love ribs!

Slow Cooker Ribs finished on the grill

Brothers and Food Lovers!

You can read more about our adoption story here.

But first, back to my recipe for Slow Cooker Barbecued Ribs Finished on the Grill.

Pork Spareribs are a lot less expensive than Baby Back Ribs or Beef Short Ribs; they often go on sale for around $2.99 per pound!  They also freeze well if the container is sealed, so stock up when you find a good price!  Even better are Country Style Ribs; they are bigger and meatier.  Country Style Ribs are usually precut rather than packaged altogether in a rack.

Slow Cooker Ribs Finished on the Grill

Trim off excess Fat and Membrane if you’d like. 

I make a home made rub for my ribs but you could also grab a store bought variety.

Slow Cooker Ribs Finished on the Grill

A few simple pantry ingredients makes a nice rub

Sprinkle the rub on the ribs with your hands. 

Slow Cooker Ribs finished on the grill

Then, pop them into a slow cooker you’ve prepped with non-stick spray. 

slow cooker barbecued ribs finished off on the grill

These will be finished off on the grill later

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The Last Step for Slow Cooker Ribs:  Finish them on the Grill

After a few hours, finish your slow cooker ribs  on the grill with your favorite Barbecue Sauce.   I like Williamson Brothers, which has a restaurant near Atlanta.  Delicious and reasonably priced!  One of these days I’ll make my own but in the meantime, try the Carolina style. It’s my favorite! 

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 Baste on the grill, and you’re done! 

Slow Cooker Ribs finished on the grill

Slow Cooker Ribs finished on the grill

Pair it with  Quick and Easy  Corn and Edamame Salad for an easy and festive cookout! 

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Slow Cooker Ribs finished on the grill

Tender, Succulent, YUM!

Slow Cooker Barbecued Ribs

slow cooker pork ribs

By Valerie Published: May 24, 2017

  • Yield: 12 to 14 Ribs (4 Servings)
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 5 hrs 0 min
  • Ready In: 5 hrs 30 mins

Slow Cooking these easy low and slow ribs keeps them tender, then you finish them off on the grill.



  1. Combine all the rub ingredients
  2. Trim fat and membrane off ribs. (If membrane is too hard to remove, just leave it on.)
  3. Sprinkle rub over ribs, then pat in gently. Patting is less messy than rubbing!
  4. Place ribs in slow cooker and cook on low for 5 hours. If you don't have a slow cooker you can also put them in the oven covered with foil at 225 degrees for about 3 hours.
  5. Place on Grill over medium high heat, baste with your favorite barbecue sauce for about 5 minutes.