Slow Cooker Louisiana Ribs {Cajun-Style}


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Slow Cooker Louisiana Ribs are spicy and sweet and so easy to make in the slow cooker.

Ribs are one of the best things to make in the slow cooker if you are new to using your slow cooker! Much easier than any other method. We also make Dr. Pepper ribs and Sweet and sour ribs!

cooked cajun ribs in a slow cooker

Hello! These Slow Cooker Louisiana Ribs were so good! The recipe is adapted from Kelly at Wildflour’s Cottage Kitchen. Her rib recipe is made in the oven, I converted it to a slow cooker recipe because I know that ribs do well in the slow cooker.

How to make Cajun Style Ribs:

The ribs start with a homemade Cajun dry rub. It may seem like a lot of ingredients, but if you cook a lot you will probably have most of the seasonings in your pantry.

rub ingredients for cajun ribs

I marinated my ribs overnight in a ziplock bag. It is not mandatory, but I love doing this because if I prep the ribs the night before I won’t have rib mess first thing in the morning as I am trying to fix breakfast.

Ribs with rub on them in a ziplock bag

I cooked the ribs in my 6-quart slow cooker. I spray the crockpot with non-stick spray so clean up will be easier.

Raw baby back ribs in slow cooker

I also used Kelly’s kicked up barbecue sauce recipe. Use your favorite barbecue sauce and add a few more ingredients to spice up the ribs even more.

raw ribs in slow cooker slathered in barbecue sauce

Below is what the ribs look like after 8 hours of cooking with a little more barbecue sauce brushed on. DELISH!

I served these beauties with slow cooker baked potatoes and homemade slaw. A perfect Sunday dinner.

Ribs on cutting board, ready to eat.

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close up of barbecue ribs in the slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Louisiana Ribs (Cajun Style)

4.84 from 6 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Make this slow cooker ribs that have a touch of heat! No need for take out when you have a recipe like this up your sleeve.


  • 1 rack pork baby back ribs
  • 1/2 cup water

For the dry rub

  • 1 Tbsp. paprika
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 3/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 3/4 tsp. dried leaf oregano
  • 3/4 tsp. dried leaf thyme
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. creole seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar

For the barbecue sauce

  • 1 cup barbecue sauce, use your favorite!
  • 1/2 tsp. molasses
  • 1/2 tsp. creole seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp. onion powder


  • Mix the dry rub ingredients in small bowl, and the barbecue sauce ingredients in a small bowl, set aside.
  • Put the ribs on a large cutting board, flip them over so the curved side is up. Remove and discard the silver skin, I do this but getting my fingers under middle edge on one side and pulling up, most of the time I can get it off in one piece. Cut the ribs into 4 even portions. I do this because it fits nicely in the slow cooker.
  • Using your hands rub the dry rub on the ribs on both sides. Place the rib pieces into the slow cooker that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Take half of the barbecue sauce and spread over the ribs (being careful not to contaminate the rest of the barbecue sauce with the raw meat, that sauce will be used later when the ribs are cooked.) Add the 1/2 cup water around the ribs.
  • Cover and cook on Low for 8 hours without opening the lid during the cooking time.
  • Brush the remaining barbecue sauce on the ribs.
  • Enjoy!


I don’t want to make a homemade rub, what can I use?
Try a pulled pork seasoning packet, works great in the slow cooker on ribs (and pulled pork too!).


Calories: 354kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 1967mg | Potassium: 430mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 1368IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.

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Recipe Adapted from Wildflour’s Cottage Kitchen.

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  1. Jenny | Honey and Birch says:

    Oh, man. These ribs look great!! I am totally putting this recipe at the top of my “to-make” list!!

  2. justine @ Full Belly Sisters says:

    5 stars
    Whoa, these look phenomenal! Nothing beats ribs in the slow cooker. NOTHING. So darn delish.

  3. Sandra Shaffer says:

    I think I could lick the screen! These ribs look amazing! Kelly has so many great recipes!

  4. Rose says:

    Looks delicious. What did you use to marinate the ribs the night before?

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      I used the dry rub in the recipe. It soaks into the ribs and looks moist, sorry that part was confusing!

  5. Michaela - An Affair from the Heart says:

    I love making ribs in my crock pot! These look fantastic!! Thanks for being a part of our group, Sarah!

  6. Lisa@Lisa's Dinnertime Dish says:

    We love ribs at our house, so I know my family would go crazy over these. They look amazing!

  7. Mary says:

    5 stars
    Beautiful ribs! Can’t wait to make these. Pinned. Thanks.

  8. pattyanderson54 says:

    Oh my do these look fabulous and done in the slow cooker? Wow. I’ll have to try this. Kudos to Kelly for a fabulous recipe and to your for choosing it. Stunning photos.

  9. Angela says:

    Sarah, these do sound amazing!!! I’ve never done ribs in the slow cooker but they look like they came out perfect!!! Cant wait to try it out!

  10. says:

    Hi, Sarah, and nice to meet you!! Thrilled to pieces that you enjoyed my ribs!! I hope that you had as much fun as I did, and thank you so much for the kind write-up and gorgeous photos!! 😀