Slow Cooker Ribs McRib Sandwich Recipe

The Slow Cooker Ribs McRib Sandwich is a homemade version of the popular fast-food sandwich. It features slow-cooked baby back ribs slathered in a tangy barbecue sauce, served on a fresh bread roll with sliced onions and pickles. This hearty and satisfying meal is easy to make at home, and is sure to be a hit with the whole family.


Baby Back Ribs: A rack of baby back ribs is used in this recipe. The silver skin or tough membrane on the back of the bones is removed before cooking. The ribs are the main ingredient in this McRib sandwich.

Salt: Salt is used to season the ribs. It enhances the flavor of the meat and helps to tenderize it.

Cracked Black Pepper: This is used for seasoning the ribs. It adds a spicy kick to the meat.

Barbecue Spice Rub: This is a homemade spice rub that is used to season the ribs. The recipe for this rub is in the author’s cookbook. It is sprinkled on both sides of the ribs before they are slow cooked.

Pan Bolillo: This is the bread used for the sandwich. It is a type of Mexican bread roll that can be bought from a local bakery or made from scratch.

Barbecue Sauce: This sauce is slathered on the cooked, boneless ribs. You can use a homemade sauce or your favorite store-bought brand.

Onion: Sliced onion is added to the sandwich for a crunchy texture and sharp flavor.

Pickles: Pickles are added to the sandwich for a tangy flavor. The author uses ranch pickles, but you can use any brand you prefer.

Making The Slow Cooker Ribs McRib Sandwich

Preparation of Ribs:
Start by preparing the baby back ribs. Remove the silver skin or the tough membrane on the back of the bones. Once the ribs are cleaned, season them with salt and cracked black pepper. Then, apply a homemade barbecue spice rub generously on both sides of the ribs.

Slow Cooking the Ribs:
Place the seasoned ribs in a slow cooker. You can cut the ribs in half if your slow cooker is smaller. Add a little more salt and cracked black pepper on the meatier side of the ribs and sprinkle some more of the barbecue spice rub. Cover the slow cooker with a lid and set it on high. Let the ribs slow cook for several hours until they are tender. The exact cooking time may vary depending on the temperature of the meat when you start cooking.

Checking the Ribs:
After about three and a half hours, check the ribs for tenderness. The bones should be exposed and the meat should be super tender. If a chopstick can be easily inserted and removed from the meat, the ribs are ready.

Preparing the Bread:
While the ribs are cooking, prepare the pan bolillo. Dunk the exterior of the bread in water and place it in an air fryer at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about three minutes or until the exterior is crusty and toasty.

Removing the Bones:
Once the ribs are cooked and tender, remove them from the slow cooker. Carefully remove the bones from the meat. The meat should be so tender that the bones can be easily removed.

Applying the Barbecue Sauce:
After removing the bones, slather the meat with your favorite barbecue sauce. Make sure to cover all the meat with the sauce.

Assembling the Sandwich:
Slice the onion and pickles. Open up the crusty bread roll and place the boneless ribs on it. Add the sliced onions and pickles on top of the meat. Your homemade Slow Cooker Ribs McRib Sandwich is now ready to be enjoyed!

Tips and Variations for Slow Cooker Ribs McRib Sandwich Recipe:


  1. Use a Meat Thermometer: Consider using a meat thermometer to ensure your ribs are perfectly cooked. The internal temperature should reach 145°F for safe consumption.
  2. Rest the Meat: Once the ribs are cooked, rest for a few minutes before removing the bones and pulling the meat. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, making it even more tender and flavorful.
  3. Toast the Bread: Toasting the bread in an air fryer gives it a nice crunch and helps it hold up better against the saucy meat.


  1. Different Meat: If you’re not a fan of ribs, you can use other types of meat, like pulled pork or chicken, for this recipe.
  2. Add Cheese: For a cheesy twist, add a slice of your favorite cheese on top of the meat before adding the onions and pickles.
  3. Spicy McRib: Add sliced jalapenos or a spicy barbecue sauce to your sandwich if you like a bit of heat.
  4. Vegan McRib: You can use jackfruit or seitan instead of ribs for a vegan version. Use a vegan barbecue sauce and ensure your bread roll is vegan, too.

Slow Cooker Ribs McRib Sandwich

Homemade Slow Cooker Ribs McRib Sandwich

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 50 minutes

This homemade McRib sandwich recipe features slow-cooked baby back ribs, tangy barbecue sauce, and fresh bread rolls. It's a hearty and satisfying meal that's easy to make at home.


  • 1 rack of baby back ribs
  • Salt to taste
  • Cracked black pepper to taste
  • Homemade barbecue spice rub
  • 1 Pan Bolillo
  • Barbecue sauce to taste
  • 1 Onion, sliced
  • Pickles to taste


  1. Start by preparing the baby's back ribs. Remove the silver skin and season with salt, pepper, and a homemade barbecue spice rub.
  2. Place the ribs in a slow cooker, season again, and cook on high for several hours.
  3. Check the ribs for tenderness after about three and a half hours.
  4. Prepare the bread by dunking it in water and toasting it in an air fryer.
  5. Once the ribs are cooked, remove the bones and slather the meat with barbecue sauce.
  6. Assemble the sandwich by placing the meat on the bread roll and adding sliced onions and pickles on top.
Nutrition Information:
Serving Size: per serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 600 kcalTotal Fat: 30gCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 35g

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