Paleo, gluten free crock pot ribs recipe | Inspired Eats

Sometimes I’m lazier than others about making Sunday a food prep day – I’m a ‘Sunday Funday’ kinda girl so I rarely want to spend the day prepping food for the week. Yesterday was one of those days, so I want something quick and easy to prep that would give us some options throughout the week. 

When you’re following a Paleo lifestyle, it’s best to set aside a day where you plan the upcoming week’s meals to avoid being faced with having to prepare a big meal whenever you’re hungry. So yesterday I convinced my fabulous husband to make his ah-mazing slow cooker ribs so we would have leftovers for the week. Along with a 2lb bag of carrots, these ribs make for a perfect meal throughout the week, and they’re super easy to prepare.  

Remember, prepping is key to Paleo success, so I would definitely invest in a good slow cooker similar to the one we have which you can find hereIt’s relatively inexpensive at only $23.99 and we’ve had ours for years and love it!  

So here’s our simple recipe for delicious allergy-free, Paleo ribs! Note – the Paleo BBQ sauce found here works great with these!

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Slow Cooker Ribs (Paleo, DF, GF)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Total Time: 8 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: 8+ servings


  • 2 lbs Pork or Beef ribs
  • 1/4 Cup Paprika (optional, so remove if avoiding nightshades)
  • 1 TBSP Cayenne pepper
  • 2 TBSP Fresh ground pepper
  • 2 TBSP Sea salt
  • 1 TBSP Cumin
  • 2 cups water or stock


  1. Mix spices together and rub onto ribs
  2. Pour liquid of choice into slow cooker
  3. Place ribs on top of liquid
  4. Turn crockpot to low setting and let cook for 8 hours
  5. Remove from crock pot and serve immediately.
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14 Responses to Slow Cooker Ribs (Paleo, DF, GF)

  1. Lex says:

    Loved these – we just made them this past weekend and they were a big hit, though our kids thought they were a little spicy so I will dial down the cayenne next time. Fortunately we had some sauce on hand and they loved them. We didn’t have any leftovers though, so we’ll need to prepare more next time :)

  2. Jack says:

    These look great – we typically cook our ribs in the oven and I have to hang around all day, so the slow cooker is a great idea. Glad I saw them on Chowstalker.

  3. Jan says:

    Hello, this looks great, but isn’t cayenne pepper also a nightshade?

    • Hi Jen,
      Some strict Paleo devotees avoid cayenne, so use your best judgement on whether you need to. We chose to leave it in as we don’t have issues with nightshades, but if you plan to avoid nightshades, then definitely omit it. Hope you like it!

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  6. Moira says:

    These were excellent! I put the rub on the ribs, wrapped em up and put them in the fridge overnight to slow cook them the next day. This is now my favorite rib recipe. Thank you!

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