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Raspberry chipotle baby back ribs

Raspberries are one of my favorite summer treats. My bushes are full! Combine raspberries with baby back ribs and you’ve got yourself a killer summer meal. A homemade raspberry-chipotle sauce is brushed on meaty, tender baby back ribs. It’s all cooked up in the slow cooker so it couldn’t be easier. I’ve written about the secret to crockpot ribs before, and include my secret in this recipe. Seriously, these ribs will fall off the stinkin bone which will allow you to shove them in your gluttonous face even faster. You’re welcome. It’s time to enjoy yourself a little before all this summer goodness goes away!

Slow cooker raspberry chipotle baby back rib
Slow Cooker Raspberry Chipotle Baby Back Ribs

4 people

slow cooker raspberry chipotle baby back ribs
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large sweet onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2 cups raspberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves loosely packed
  • 3 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar tightly packed
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 racks pork loin baby back ribs
  • In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, heat olive oil. Add in sweet onion and saute for about 5 minutes. Add in garlic and saute for another 60 seconds. Stir in raspberries, basil, chipotle chiles, ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, ground mustard, and pepper. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Transfer sauce to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Divide sauce in half and set aside one half in the refrigerator to be used at serving time.
  • Cut rib racks in half. Layer ribs in a crockpot, pouring a little of the remaining sauce over each layer.
  • Cover and cook on low 8 hours.
  • Before serving, lay the racks on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet. Brush generously with reserved sauce. Broil under a broiler until sauce begins to bubble and caramelize. Serve hot.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baby Back Ribs

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Hi, what is a “sweet onion”? I know of only red onions, yellow onions and white/brown onions…. is it a red onion by any chance?

Walla Walla and Vidalia are the most common kinds of sweet onions. They lack the sharp, astringent taste of other onions, and taste sweet. They can range in color from white to yellow and often have a flattened or squashed appearance.


I only have strawberries on hand. What adjustments will I need to make?

A quick update on the Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce: I buy it at Costco. 40 oz bottle by Fischer & Wieser. Just leave it in the fridge for months–and use it to season everything from cottage cheese to ribs. They also make a mango sauce I haven’t tried. Go for it! I combined this with BBQ sauce and brushed on each layer; saved a little for the top. Now I have to wait the 8-10 hours for this wonder to cook! Enjoy!


I cooked these to exact instructions on low, still had 13/4 hours to cook, my ribs were over cooked. Fall off the bone but bones fell off lol. Sauce declicious. I will make again but I’ll check after 4 hrs cooking time & go from there


Sweet Baby Rays used to offer a Raspberry Chipotle BBQ sauce it was my absolute favorite!! Why when I find a product I truly enjoy then it is discontinued?!??


I love sweet baby Rays sauce

Karrie Trott

Thanks for the inspiration! I just made my own tweaked version with a bunch of frozen wildberries that i had plus some strawberry fig balsamic reduction and OMG the house smelks amazing with the ribs in the Slow cooker smothered in that bbq sauce! Yum yum yum.


Is it possible to add the sauce and ribs together and freeze for future use? Can i cook in slow cooker from frozen? New to making ribs!!
Thanks so much!


Could you use a pork tenderlion instead of ribs?


I made these with beef ribs overnight. They came out amazingly. Unfortunately most of them didn’t last to get into the oven. The marinade was very time consuming and I used my immersion blender to make it smooth. I put most of the marinade in the slow cooker pot and then let it sit in the refrigerator for a few hours before putting it in the slow cooker. I think I’m going to reuse the rest of the marinade for something else.


Hi I’m going to double the recipe and slow cook in the oven. What temp and cooking time would u suggest, thanks.


Hi I seasoned I used a dry rub

Brown sugar
Garlic powder
Onion powder

Can I still use this sauce or will it be too much

Athena B

I’d use the dry rub without the sugar if you’re going to add the sauce also!


Hi, your recipe calls for 2 racks of baby back ribs to feed 4. I need to feed 7. Can I double the racks I put in the slow cooker and keep the same cooking time or will it mess it up? I was thinking of cutting the racks in half and inserting like tiles into the cooker. The recipe sounds wonderful – just wondering if can’t make happen for my number of guests. Best regards, Allison


Do you cut the ribs before or after you cook them?

Yvonne Finnegan

Love your recipe. For those who can’t have sugar, I don’t use brown sugar, and it’s just as good. Just one silly detail, I think you mean “gluttonous face,” not “glutenous face.” : )


hello, other people have said to cook the ribs first than drain and add sauce and cook the last hour so it isn’t runny? is this true?

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