Easy Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs


4 pounds baby back beef ribs

Spice Rub

1 1/2 tablespoons paprika
1 1/2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoons onion powder
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional for more heat)

Barbecue Sauce

2 cups ketchup
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup seedless blackberry preserves
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon reserved Spice Rub from above
1 tablespoon liquid smoke (optional but recommended)

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