Slow Cooker Pork Ribs with Blackberry Balsamic Sauce Recipe

Slow cooker recipes don't end up on my menu very often. Not sure why I don't make them, but I'm usually just a "make a meal when I get home" type of girl! So glad I had some pork ribs in the freezer, so I could make and share this recipe with you today!

This recipe is so easy and so flavorful. You can throw the meat in the slow cooker all day and make the sauce just before you're ready to eat. We served it with rice, but it would go well with so many sides. I just love the flavor the blackberries and balsamic combined in the sauce, and the leftover sauce, if you have any, would be great made into a dressing for a salad.

Slow Cooker Pork Ribs with Blackberry Balsamic Sauce (print recipe)

What you need:
1 1/2- 2 pounds boneless pork ribs
onion powder
garlic salt
black pepper
1 cup chicken broth

1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
3/4 cup fresh blackberries
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup warm water

Season pork ribs with onion powder, garlic salt and black pepper. Place ribs in slow cooker and add chicken broth. Cook on low for 6 hours, or on high for 4 hours. Use two forks and pull meat apart slightly.

In a saucepan, combine sugar, vinegar, soy sauce and blackberries. Cook over medium heat for about 5-7 minutes, breaking apart blackberries into smaller pieces while cooking. 

Combine cornstarch and warm water. Add to sauce mixture. Continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes until sauce thickens. Serve over slow cooked pork.

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On the blog... one year ago: Vanilla Pudding Fruit Salad

This recipe was featured at: This Gal Cooks


  1. Those look amazing! I have yet to figure out how to use my crock of these days:)

  2. Hi Sheena,
    We are going to have a great Blackberry harvest this year and I can't wait to try your delicious sauce. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a fabulous weekend.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. I LOVE my slow cooker! I esp love them during the crazy weekdays..just a life-saver. This recipe sounds amazing! I found you on Marvelous Mondays and I'm getting ready to browse through all your delicious recipes ;)

  4. Oh Sheena - this looks sooooo good! I LOVE blackberries...and the ease of using the slow cooker. NICE! Thanks a million for sharing this at Weekend Potluck!

    1. You're so welcome, Marsha!! I really enjoyed this recipe! :)

  5. Hi, I also make a crock pot recipe for ribs that is similar. Your recipe looks yummy. I saw it on Tried and True recipes today.
    Julie from

  6. First off, I love the new look! Great change. This slow cooker recipe looks really good. I love the fruit addition.

    Thanks for linking this up to the In and Out of the Kitchen link party. Thanks for stopping it my.

    Cynthia at

    1. Thanks so much, Cynthia! It was time for a blog overhaul! I love adding fruit to savory dishes! :)

  7. This looks absolutely fabulous! I've got ribs in my freezer right now and am thinking that this will be on my menu this weekend. I'd love for you to bring it to Tuesday's Table -

  8. This looks so delicious and easy! Pinning this recipe to my dinner board! I'm stopping by from In and Out of the Kitchen (#107 DIY Chalkboard Family Rules and 108 Crazy Month of May)
    Would you mind to link this to my blog hop? I think our readers would love to see this recipe since it's so easy and frugal! Thanks!

  9. Oh wow... this looks so good! I actually might try this with a pork roast I have in my freezer right now. :)

    Thank you for sharing at Marvelous Mondays this week!

  10. That sauce sounds great! Thanks for linking up at Tried and True Recipe party!

  11. I LOVE ribs and so does my family. I am thinking of doing a rib round up and I think these have to go there. I'll be in touch. Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend! Best wishes for tasty dishes this week!


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