Overnight Slow Cooker Ribs

Overnight Slow Cooker Ribs are going to make you the most popular guy (or girl) at your next tailgate party!


Tailgating is a sport in itself and anyone who knows me knows that I’m the guy who’s willing to take on the 6 hour tailgate day. Or longer…

Just recently it was to see Kenny Chesney and made some awesome Bananas Foster Shots, then I don’t know, 2 or 3 Bruce shows but who’s counting…and pretty soon I’ll be hitting some end of the season Yankee games and hopefully some late October games.

It’s all about the drinks, the food, the music, the games…

It’s really most of the planning that goes into any sporting or concert event if you ask me. Then when you finally go into whatever you’re there to see it’s like the bonus part of the day.

So when I start this tailgate planning, it usually begins with the food. Everything else you can build around that…I mean just take a look at these ribs here, no one will ever think they came out of a slow cooker.


Today we’re making ribs. How do you make ribs and take them to a tailgate party, you ask? I know, to make ribs right they’ve got to be cooked low and slow for a long time…and even I don’t tailgate that long.

These Overnight Slow Cooker Ribs are made just as the name says – overnight.

You’re going to rub them with some seasoning and put them in your Slow Cooker before you go to bed. And then when you wake up they’re just about done. I like to use Stubb’s Pork Spice Rub because the flavors are all in there already, shake it on and you’re good to go.


The bonus to this recipe is that your whole house smells like ribs when you wake up in the morning…

All you need to do now is take the ribs out of the slow cooker and let them cool down. I like to wrap them in aluminum foil and pack them in my cooler, right next to my ice cold beers.

Once you get to your tailgate party you can light up your grill and get the Overnight Slow Cooker Ribs right on.


I basted my ribs with Stubb’s Original BBQ Sauce and cooked them for about 15 minutes. We love using Stubb’s Bar-B-Que sauces in lots of our recipes for its authentic Texas BBQ taste. It’s also gluten-free which is a big thing these days, so there’s no need for any of your tailgating friends to be worrying about what they’re eating!

And that’s really all they need, it’s basically to warm the ribs back up and to get the sauce on there since they’ve been cooking for about 10 hours in your slow cooker.


Have someone else bring the fries, coleslaw and baked beans and you’ve got yourself a pretty cool BBQ tailgate party that takes almost zero effort.


You can find more BBQ recipes and products by heading over to the Stubb’s website or visit them on Facebook @stubbsbbqsauce!

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Overnight Slow Cooker Ribs

  • Author: Dan
  • Yield: 6


  • (2) 3.5 lbs. Pork Ribs
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • Stubb’s Pork Spice Rub
  • (1) 18 oz. bottle Stubb’s Original Bar-B-Q Sauce


  1. Rub the ribs with a tablespoon of salt per each rack and a generous amount of the pork spice rub.
  2. Place in your slow cooker as shown in the post above, standing on the sides of the racks.
  3. Cook overnight on low up to 10-12 hours, I found mine were just right at 10, but they’ll just be more tender if you go up to 12.
  4. If bringing to a party or a tailgate, remove the ribs from the slow cooker and let cool, then wrap in aluminum foil and place in your cooler until its’ time for the grill
  5. Grill the ribs for about 10 minutes while basting with the bbq sauce on both sides. I like to add a layer of sauce, let it cook for a few minutes then add another layer – and repeat.
  6. Cut into portions and serve.


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