Slow Cooker Sriracha- Cranberry Baby Back Ribs

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This is some pretty major comfort food right here:  Slow Cooker Sriracha- Cranberry Baby Back Ribs

Slow Cooker Sriracha- Cranberry Baby Back Ribs

My family and I experienced an 8-week driving trip around the USA a few years back, and we drove endlessly across Texas until we were satisfied that we had found a proper place to eat BBQ ribs.  Have you ever driven across Texas??  Yeah, it’s quite big.  But those ribs were worth the drive.  My son Brooks (now age 13) goes absolutely nuts for ribs these days.  He begged me last weekend to make some for dinner, and I happily complied.

Heinz Sriracha Ketchup

Heinz has a new product that has just debuted:  Heinz Sriracha Ketchup.  Sriracha happens to be a hot flavor trend right now.  Heinz listened to consumers and created Heinz Tomato Ketchup blended with Sriracha flavor, which is infused with spicy chili pepper and garlic flavors.  I worked with Heinz to create a new recipe, and I chose to use their new ketchup in my slow cooker baby back ribs.

Sriracha Ribs Prep 1

I rubbed my baby backs with a simple smoked paprika/garlic powder rub, then brushed them with a blend of the Heinz Sriracha Ketchup and cranberry sauce.

Sriracha Ribs Prep 2

I love that these are so easy to make in the slow cooker.  The ribs are cooked on high for just 3 1/2 hours in a small puddle of water.

Sriracha Ribs Prep 3

Once they are done slow cooking, they’ll be just tender enough to pull off the bone easily enough (but they won’t fall off the bone, which can be pesky).  The ribs are brushed with additional Sriracha- Cranberry sauce and placed until the broiler until bubbly and hot.

Sriracha Ribs Prep 4

At this point, they are ready to eat immediately.  And you should do so!

Slow Cooker Sriracha- Cranberry Baby Back Ribs Recipe

I can’t compare these to our Texas ribs because those were made with some pretty classic BBQ sauce that is unique to Texas!  But my family did love this different kind of take on ribs.   The Heinz Sriracha Ketchup has just enough spice to make it interesting (but not so much that it scares the kids away), and the addition of cranberry sauce makes them a little bit sweet too.  Next time I’m trying the Heinz Sriracha Ketchup to jazz up my burgers and fries!

Slow Cooker Sriracha- Cranberry Baby Back Ribs

Yield: 8 servings (3 ribs per serving)

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 3 hours 35 min


2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 1/2 tablespoons smoked paprika
1 bottle (14-ounces) Heinz® Tomato Ketchup Blended with Sriracha Flavor
1 can (12-ounces) jellied cranberry sauce
4 pounds baby back ribs
1 cup water


1. In a small bowl, mix together the paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper and set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the Heinz® Tomato Ketchup Blended with Sriracha Flavor and cranberry sauce until smooth. Remove 1 cup of the sauce and set it aside.

3. Remove the ribs from the package and pat dry, and set them meaty-side-up on a cutting board. Cut the ribs into 3 to 4 rib sections. Sprinkle the dry spice mixture onto the meaty side of the ribs and press to adhere to the meat.

4. Pour the water into the bottom of the slow cooker.

5. Spread the sauce generously onto both sides of the ribs. Set the ribs into the slow cooker.
Cook on high heat for 3 1/2 hours.

6. Remove the ribs to a baking sheet (meaty-side-up). Preheat your oven broiler. Brush the remaining 1 cup of sauce onto the meaty side of the ribs. Broil for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbling. Serve immediately.


More slow cooker rib recipes you may enjoy:
Slow Cooker Ribs with Roasted Strawberry BBQ Sauce by Closet Cooking
Slow Cooker Spicy Asian Beef Short Ribs by Hip Foodie Mom

Disclosure: This post has been written in partnership with Heinz. I only write about products that I use and love in my own kitchen. All opinions shared are my own.

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  • Susan Stockl wrote:

    These look delicious!

  • Susan Stockl wrote:

    Drooling!!! Yummo!

  • Carla wrote:

    My first reaction was WHAT?! Heinz has a sriracha ketchup out?! As a Pittsburgh native, Heinz is the best ketchup brand ever. Even in Ireland, we ate Heinz (Irish ketchup tasted….different). Can’t wait to these the new ketchup and make these ribs!

  • Kim Beaulieu wrote:

    I cannot wait to try these ribs. I’m a serious carnivore. Can’t get enough ribs on weekends.

    I also cannot wait to try this sriracha. We have a Heinz factory about 20 minutes from our house. Leamington Ontario is known as the Tomato capital of Canada. We used to go in there to shop at the factory when my hubby did a 3 month apprentice there. He got to fix the huge boilers in the factory as part of his training for his engineer license. We are so loyal to Heinz having grown up so close to where it was made. You would be kicked out of our town if you put anything else on the table. Ha.

  • Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips wrote:

    Loooove the sweet and spicy combo! And I must find this ketchup! I love to Sriracha ALL THE THINGS!

  • Sandy @ RE wrote:

    Love this, Lori. My family would be all over these baby back ribs!

  • shelly (cookies and cups) wrote:

    My husband will LOVE these! Pinned!

  • Rachel Cooks wrote:

    Whoa!!! That ketchup! And these ribs!!! They look amazing! I make ribs the same way – slow cooker + broiler is the way to go.

  • Liz @ Floating Kitchen wrote:

    A road trip aimed at finding the best BBQ around sounds pretty good! I’ve never been to Texas at all and I’m really wanting to go! These look positively finger licking good!

  • katrina Monarco wrote:

    I Love this recipe.

  • Nicole wrote:

    Oh my gosh, girl! Those look finger-lickin-good! I haven’t seen this Sriracha Ketchup yet. I’m gonna have to go hunt it down!

  • marcie wrote:

    The cranberry-sriracha flavors here sound delicious, and I had no idea that Heinz made a sriracha ketchup! It’s nice to know that now I don’t have to make my own. 🙂

  • Amy @Very Culinary wrote:

    Oh goodness, yes. YESSSS!

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet wrote:

    I I have to find the sriracha ketchup and make these ribs!! My Hubby will love them!

  • Liz wrote:

    Whoa, so spicy, so scrumptious! I need to find some Heinz Sriracha ASAP!

  • Linde wrote:

    Can you make your own sriracha ketchup? What would be the proportions?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      no idea, but this product is available in stores now!

  • Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen wrote:

    My family loves Sriracha everything and considering ketchup is pretty much it’s own food group, I will have to give this a try. Ribs are always a huge hit.

  • Diana Hawes wrote:

    Girl I think you done did it again!!!!!!!!!!! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  • Liz wrote:

    Look and sound really good. Thank you.

  • Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom wrote:

    Lori, haha, I was born and raised in Texas so know how big the state is! and I think we drove across once! Wow, can’t wait to try Heinz Sriracha Ketchup!! I bet it’s delicious! And your baby back ribs look amazing! love that you made them in the slow cooker but then finished them in the broiler. Brilliant. Thank you so much for the link love!