The One and Only Recipe You Will Ever Need for Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs

I found it!

I found the perfect combination to make the most incredible, mouth-watering, fall-off-the-bone, delicious BBQ ribs. Not only do I adore this tasty dish, but so does my family. And that, my friends, is a truly successful recipe! It couldn’t be easier to make. And if that wasn’t enough, there is an even more exciting reason I love this recipe. Read on.

If you are like me, you may have grown up with BBQ ribs prepared one single way, with the actual outdoor BBQ, with BBQ sauce painted on top of them. I have happy memories of that tasty dish, but the older I get, the less I want it. The ribs were always a little tough, and the sauce was always pretty strong.

But I do love ribs. I’ve had them at a couple of restaurants over the years and I enjoyed them, so I have been looking for a way to recreate ribs so that my whole family would enjoy. My little ones (like most children) tend to favor meat that is very tender, and soft enough for them to enjoy, without too much effort.

And then it happened. I “gave it a try” and I managed to create the ultimate meal of tender ribs with a perfect sauce and we all ate it up. How? I used my slow cooker to cook the ribs with just two ingredients: diced onions and Xyla BBQ sauce.

Xyla BBQ Sauce

Not too long ago, I met with Xyla and I was treated to their large collection of various jams, sauces and other recipes created using only their Xyla natural sugarless sweetener. If you are unfamiliar with Xyla, it is a company that produces food products with Xylitol – a direct natural ingredient found in trees. Specifically, Xyla is made from 100% sustainable North American Hardwood.  And unlike other known sugar replacements that are actually harmful to your body, Xyla is good for you.

xyla infographic

What attracted me to their sauces was the fact that there was no added sugars with the same sweet taste most of us love. Not only was it something I was eager to try with my family recipes and meals, but I was thrilled to pass on some sauces to my uncle who has diabetes. Xylitol is a natural insulin stabilizer and lands only at 7 on the glycemic index (sugar ranks 100) so it is safe for people who have diabetes.

Back to the recipe. I placed to racks of ribs into the slow cooker (I decided to cut them in half pieces) with one diced onion, a full 414 ml bottle of Xyla BBQ sauce and about a cup of water (just to get a bit more liquid on the ribs).

I turned the slow cooker on high for 5.5 hours (it could have cooked on low for 10-12 hours) and this was the result:

Ribs in slow cooker

The meat was absolutely perfect and tender, there was a ton of sauce (I kept the leftover sauce for the next night’s meal and made risotto with it!) and it was delicious.


Clearly I am at the right conference this week because I couldn’t get a fantastic picture of the ribs. But trust me when I say these ribs were amazing. And the verdict on the sauce? Everyone loved it! And because I know you might be wondering, there was no aftertaste from the Xyla BBQ sauce like some other sugar replacement foods. This tasted perfect and I am eager to stock up on more sauces to make more recipes.

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Brenda Penton October 25, 2015 at 12:16 pm

My biggest challenge is making something that appeals to everyone.

lori b October 25, 2015 at 1:14 pm

something that everyone will enjoy

Amy Heffernan October 25, 2015 at 3:05 pm

My biggest challenge is making something EVERYONE will like! 🙁

Wendy Hutton October 26, 2015 at 12:37 am

is to make something different as we get tired of the same thing all the time

tanyab79 October 26, 2015 at 5:45 pm

Making sure everyone will enjoy most of the meal. Hard to please everyone.

Dianne October 26, 2015 at 11:50 pm

My hubby is diabetic so I have to keep that in mind with anything I cook. He also cannot have a lot of fat or sodium in his diet so getting flavour in my cooking is sometimes a challenge.

Jolie October 27, 2015 at 4:09 am

I’m always struggling to find meals that everyone likes and that don’t take a lot of time to prepare.

Christina S October 27, 2015 at 5:27 am

My biggest mealtime challenge is having 3 members of the family on very different diets due to disease and allergies. It means very few combination dishes get made. We do a lot of single vegetable + oil + sea salt, meat on the side, onions fried separately, you get the idea. Sugar is a problem for 3 of us so Xyla is very useful!

Sherri F October 27, 2015 at 2:27 pm

Time! I love finding recipes that don’t require tons of prep work.

Florence C October 27, 2015 at 3:20 pm

Having to watch the fat, salt and sugar in recipes limits the choices. We stick mostly to fish and chicken.

Tammy Dalley October 27, 2015 at 6:51 pm

my problem is preparing something that everyone will like

lynn clayton October 28, 2015 at 12:59 am

i eat little to no meat i love vwggies hubs its meat everything

Lisa bolduc October 28, 2015 at 1:18 am

A bunch of problems. I don’t eat meat and. The hubby and kids do. And making sure we get enough veggies

Anne Taylor October 28, 2015 at 2:49 am

I think finding something that everyone will enjoy is the biggest challenge for me

Christine October 28, 2015 at 2:59 am

Having a picky toddler!

Patricia walstra October 28, 2015 at 3:15 am

Pleasing everyone is always something I struggle to do yet I really don’t have too

Crystal Porter October 28, 2015 at 3:59 am

cooking meals for both meat eaters and vegetarians.

Juliee Fitze October 28, 2015 at 12:10 pm

Biggest challenge is keeping it sugar free and low card and still tastes good.

Lori Jackson October 28, 2015 at 6:14 pm

Picky eaters…ugghhh….between my picky kids plus a Mother in law that is worse than the kids. Hubby and I eat most anything.

David October 28, 2015 at 11:20 pm

is to make something different and fun

Julie Bolduc October 29, 2015 at 2:08 am

It’s hard I have to make two different meals, because I have a vegetarian daughter

Lushka Smith October 30, 2015 at 4:20 pm

Just trying to get out of the same old, same old.

Lisa October 30, 2015 at 4:43 pm

I am always looking for easy, fast, healthy meals that will please all 5 of us!

Holly MacRitchie October 31, 2015 at 1:36 am

I have a problem with finding new recipes that EVERYONE will enjoy

andrea amy November 1, 2015 at 5:49 am

My biggest challenge is finding recipes that ALL of my children (and my husband) will all enjoy. Picky children, and in different ways. Dinner time is very difficult.

Amber Y November 1, 2015 at 5:12 pm

The biggest challenge is not having a lot of time to cook. We need quick meals that are still tasty.

Robyn Bellefleur November 3, 2015 at 12:21 am

Hardest challenge is making that is going to satisfy everyone.

Jonnie November 3, 2015 at 6:21 pm

My biggest challenge is making on meal that the whole family will eat.

Karine November 3, 2015 at 6:37 pm

Making something that will satisfy everyone!

Caroline November 3, 2015 at 10:38 pm

Keeping it interesting.

maria November 3, 2015 at 11:28 pm

Not sure what to make. They get bored easy and something that everyone will like.

heidi c. November 4, 2015 at 7:22 am

With four incredibly picky eaters, it is hard to make a meal that would satisfy my whole gang.

Maria November 4, 2015 at 11:43 pm

Coming up with new meals

Amy C November 5, 2015 at 12:04 am

My biggest challenge is making healthy meals that everyone will enjoy.

Belinda McNabb November 5, 2015 at 1:38 am

the carbs and the sugar. My son is diabetic and always trying to figure out ways to lower both and have things still taste great

cheryl hodgkins November 5, 2015 at 6:52 pm

Trying to come up with different ways of making the same dish or casserole

Patrick Siu November 5, 2015 at 8:42 pm

Trying to find a recipe that pleased everyone.

Maria Palumbo November 6, 2015 at 3:52 am

Fast, easy while only using a few ingredients.

Alayne Langford November 6, 2015 at 5:53 am

I would say the fact that I am on a strict gluten free diet and myself and my girls now have to watch our sugar intake. There is diabetes in our family so it is important for us to be on top of ingredients when we have family get together! 🙂

Angela Mitchell November 8, 2015 at 7:20 am

My biggest challenge is finding something that everyone likes. I’ve got a household of mildly picky eaters.

Wanda Bergman November 9, 2015 at 7:13 pm

Finding recipes that everyone loves. My tried & true recipe stash is only so big.

Lisa Smith November 9, 2015 at 7:16 pm

Making new things and that are interesting

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Sandy July 13, 2017 at 10:14 pm

Where can I buy Xyla BBQ sauce? I can’t find it anywhere!

Julia a.k.a Mama MOE July 18, 2017 at 6:47 pm

I’m looking into it for you, Sandy. It seems on the Xyla website, the BBQ sauce is currently out of stock. I’ll keep you posted!


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