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Slow Cooker Mississippi Ribs

These delicious slow cooker pork ribs are fall-off-the-bone tender. Based on the much-loved Mississippi beef roast recipe, but gets an extra kick from a bit of hot sauce and good ole Jack Daniels.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time8 minutes
Total Time23 minutes
Course: Pork, Slow Cooker
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pork ribs, slow cooker pork
Servings: 4 -6
Calories: 1405kcal


  • 4-5 lbs baby back or regular pork spare ribs
  • 1 pkg au jus gravy mix
  • 1 pkg dry ranch dressing mix
  • 1/4 cup butter cut up
  • 4-6 pepperoncini peppers


  • 2 tbs-1/4 cup Jack Daniels whiskey
  • 1 tbsp hot sauce
  • 3 tbs[ cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp Gravy Master or Kitchen Bouquet optional, just for color


  • Rinse ribs, and cut into 2-3 rib sections. Pat dry and lay on a baking sheet. Broil on high heat until they begin to brown. You can eliminate this step. I do it because it looks better when served, but it makes no difference to the taste.
  • Place ribs in crock of at least a 5 quart slow cooker.
  • Mix the ranch dressing mix and the au jus mix in a small bowl.
  • Place the butter over the ribs, trying to distribute it evenly, then sprinkle the mixed gravy/dressing evenly over all.
  • Place the pepperocini over the ribs.
  • Cover and cook on HI for 5-6 hours or on LOW for 6-8 hours (times are approximate--my cooker cooks hot so mine were done in 5 hrs)
  • When ribs are done (the meat will easily fall off the bone BUT they keep their shape when handled), remove them to a platter and cover to keep warm.
  • Turn the slow cooker to HI (if it's not already) and add the whiskey and hot sauce if using; stir.
  • Mix the cornstarch and water. While stirring liquid, pour in only enough of the cornstarch mixture to thicken gravy to your personal preference. Let the gravy cook about 5 minutes.
  • You may place the ribs back in the crock pot in the gravy to keep them warm if you're not eating immediately. Otherwise, pour the gravy in a gravy boat and serve it along with the ribs.
  • Mashed potatoes will go very well with this.
  • Makes 4-6 servings.


Serving: 1person | Calories: 1405kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 71g | Fat: 118g | Saturated Fat: 41g | Cholesterol: 393mg | Sodium: 577mg | Potassium: 1123mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 389IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 4mg