A few weeks ago I raved about some ribs I had made that were delicious.

I still adhere to my conviction that they were great, but the ribs I made a few days ago win the ultimate prize in tenderness and flavor.

I am still craving them, days later. And, my kids, who normally spend about 30 minutes gumming up a piece of meat before it is swallowable were chowing down these ribs because they were so tasty and tender.

The ribs cook in a crockpot the day before grilling and basting, which screams they will be tender as all get out, and I now know I will be using this technique forevermore with boneless ribs (I think ribs on the bone would fall apart in the slow cooker and wouldn’t work well on the grill the next day).

The homemade BBQ sauce is not only excitingly easy, it is so tasty! The chili sauce gives a tiny kick and the hoisin sauce adds a great depth to the flavor.

What To ServeLayered Mexican Cornbread Salad or Cornbread with Fluffy Honey Butter
Corn on the Cob or Summer Corn Salad
Fresh Fruit

Fabulous BBQ Ribs

Fabulous BBQ Ribs


  • 4 lbs. boneless pork ribs
  • steak seasoning (I used Montreal steak seasoning)
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 tesapoons allspice


  1. Season ribs with the steak seasoning and place in a slow cooker. Cook on low for 7 hours.
  2. Remove ribs from slow cooker (this may be done one day in advance). If preparing ribs one day prior to serving, place in a single layer in a glass dish. Let cool slightly before covering and refrigerating.
  3. For the BBQ sauce, mix all remaining ingredients in a small bowl until well blended (I also mixed the BBQ sauce a day in advance and refrigerated to give the flavors a chance to blend). Heat the grill (I used an indoor grill pan) and grill ribs over medium heat 10-12 minutes to heat through. Turn the ribs often and baste with sauce frequently.

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  3. Marci says:

    I just bought a bunch of beef ribs for Christmas. Do think this would work okay for beef as well?

    • Mel says:

      Marci – I haven’t tried this recipe specifically with beef ribs but I’m inclined to think it would work just fine. Good luck if you try it!

  4. Deb says:

    Huge hit with the family! The sauce is really delicious. Really easy way to prepare ribs. I used country style ribs because they were on sale and they were great.

  5. Andrea says:

    I’ve died and gone to heaven. This recipe was AMAZING. BBQ sauce… amazing. Pork… amazing. Melanie… amazing. Merci Beaucoup!!

  6. Jessica says:

    Can you bake these after being in the cooked in the crock pot? How long do you think it would take? I love your recipes!!!

    • Mel says:

      Hi Jessica – if you want an alternative to grilling, I would suggest using your oven to broil the ribs. I would recommend broiling them for about 5-7 minutes each side, keeping a close eye on them so they don’t burn!

  7. Tiffany says:

    I made this rice last week to go with tacos, and my husband and I both loved it! It’s definitely going to be in our regular meal rotation!

  8. kimberly says:

    i made your rice tonight along with creamy chicken taquitos from letsdishrecipes (also on ourbestbites) and everyone LOVED it! my two-year-old didn’t eat anything else. thanks! 🙂

  9. Brittany says:

    I made these ribs, cilantro rice, and the coconut cream pie recipe for Father’s day dinner and words cannot express how good it all was-so so so delicious!!!! Thank you for sharing these fabulous recipes!!!! I do have one question about the BBQ sauce for the ribs-when you say chili sauce-do you mean the one you can get in the oriental section or the one you would find by the ketchup (like Heinz brand)?

    • Mel says:

      Brittany – what a yummy Father’s Day meal! I could go for a slice of coconut cream pie right about now. As for the chili sauce – I’ve always used both chili sauces you asked about and usually end up with the chili sauce in the Asian foods aisle.

  10. Erin says:

    Yup, I’m making them again next week, because that sauce, oh man, was it good!!

  11. Erin says:

    The taste was fabulous! I cooked them in my crock pot, but forgot to take them out at seven hours, so they were REALLY tender and falling apart. Next time, they should be a little more easy to handle, but the sauce was great! Thanks a ton!

    • Mel says:

      Erin – thanks for checking in on this recipe. I’m glad it worked out ok and hopefully you’ll like them even more if they aren’t quite as falling apart.

  12. Danielle says:

    I am wondering what took me so long to try this rice! It is super yummy-even, or perhaps especially, the next day. I am most excited because it will be a perfect addition to our Cafe Rio-esque burrito/salad bar on Mother’s Day, which I am making today, so I don’t have to cook Sunday. (Let’s not go into why I am making my own mother’s day feast. It’s a VERY LONG story.) Thanks, Melanie!

    • Mel says:

      Danielle – well, I wish you weren’t making your own Mother’s Day dinner but it sounds like there is a bit of story behind it, so I guess I’ll just wish that you still get to relax on the holiday, too! I’m glad you liked this recipe!

  13. Anonymous says:

    I have tried a couple of different recipes for this type of rice and neither of them were very good. They both ended up being kind of bitter. I am so glad I remembered about your recipe. It was just right. I loved the flavor of the lime. We had some friends over and I made Cafe Rio type salads. My friends 5 year old daughter had 4 helpings of rice. She could not get enough of it. I made sure to give her mom the recipe. -Liz K.

  14. Melanie says:

    Liz – so glad this rice didn’t disappoint! I really need to try to recreate Cafe Rio salads at home…they are delicious and we don’t have anything like that out here.

  15. Camille says:

    This rice was delicious!!!! Lime and cilantro, two of my favorite ingredients!!! I made it to go with our BBQ steak, salmon and veggies tonight!! Went with it all perfectly!!

  16. Jodee says:

    Thank you so much for all your great recipes! One quick question, do you just put the ribs in the crock pot without any liquid?

  17. Cara says:

    These ribs look yummy! We just grilled ribs for the first time over the weekend, and I’m sure we’ll be doing it again, so it will be good to try this recipe next time!

  18. Melanie says:

    Hi Laura – I just sprinkle the montreal seasoning fairly liberally – kind of how you would salt and pepper a piece of meat prior to cooking. The ribs I made weren’t falling apart after cooking in the crockpot but they were very, very tender – definitely needed a fork to eat them with!

  19. Erin says:

    Okay, Mel, I want to make these for Jed for his birthday dinner, as he LOVES tender pork ribs. (esp boneless 🙂 ) But I was wondering what you think about halving the recipe… that’s sometimes a problem in a slowcooker, especially in the regular sized one like I have. (I know there are smaller sizes out there, but I don’t have one.) What do you think? It just seems like 4 lbs is a lot – but is it?

  20. Melanie says:

    Hi Jodee – I just left a comment on your blog in regards to your question but thought I’d put it on here, too, in case you check back. Yes, you put the ribs in the crockpot without any additional liquid and it works great. I’m excited to look at more recipes on your blog! Thanks for commenting.

  21. Laura says:

    How much montreal seasoning do you use to season the ribs when they go in the crockpot? I am going to try these for Father’s Day dinner. I’m suprised the ribs stay together after cooking in the crock pot.

  22. Emma Nowell says:

    sorry about the double tag! I have been so busy lately I haven’t had enough time to get around to looking at as many blogs as I would like to. Thanks for the comments, my husband does the photography for the blog… he’s aspiring towards becoming a professional photographer…he’s defintely on his way! There’s nothing better than good ribs, I’ve been craving them lately and I think your post might have just pushed me over the edge!

  23. Melanie says:

    Camille – so glad you liked this rice – I love the combination of lime and cilantro, too. Thanks for letting me know you liked it!

  24. Erin says:

    Okay, I made these this week and they were great! I really liked the BBQ sauce. THanks for the recipe! 🙂

  25. Deborah says:

    Now if only my husband would let me use the bbq…

  26. *katie says:

    I tried out the lime rice and loved it! Thanks for the recipe:)

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