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Smothered Ribs

Smothered Ribs

Slow-cooked and fall-off-the-bone tender, these ribs are smothered in a hearty, flavorful gravy. This recipe is sure to become a family favorite!
Course Main Course
Cuisine comfort food, Southern
Keyword Smothered Ribs
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Author I Heart Recipes


  • 3 lbs pork or beef ribs membrane and excess fat removed
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp thyme leaves
  • Gravy
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 36 ounces chicken broth or water
  • 1 large onion minced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced


  • Cut the ribs however you desire.
  • Season the ribs with the kosher salt, pepper, and thyme.
  • Place the ribs in the slow cooker.
  • Add 1/4 cup of oil in a saucepan and place over medium heat.
  • Once the oil gets hot, slowly start sprinkling in the flour while whisking.
  • Once the flour/ oil mixture starts to brown, add in the chicken broth( or water).
  • Whisk, then bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to low, then add in the onions & garlic.
  • Decide whether or not, you'd like to add more seasonings. If you do, do so now.
  • Whisk, then pour the gravy over the ribs in the Crock-Pot.
  • Place the lid on the Crock-Pot.
  • Set on high, and let cook for 4 hours.
  • Serve & enjoy!