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Slow Cooker Pumpkin BBQ Ribs

Slow Cooker Pumpkin BBQ Ribs - Pumpkin adds that touch of fall to this delicious slow cooker version of baby back ribs. From www.bobbiskozykitchen.com

Are you a pumpkin YAY or a pumpkin nay person?
I, obviously, am pro pumpkin    but that is not just because PSL is on everybody’s lips right now. Nope, I have been a pumpkin lover since I was an itty bitty foodie. 
But, before you get your nickers in a twist about pumpkin in your BBQ sauce, remember this.
Pumpkin is a squash, it is not sweet until you add sweetener to it.
You can not believe a number of people that have given me the stank face when I tell them I make pumpkin BBQ sauce! 
Now, if you use pumpkin pie filling INSTEAD of pumpkin puree? 

Slow Cooker Pumpkin BBQ Ribs from www.bobbiskozykitchen.com

Oh, and while we are talking about pumpkin puree, have you tried making your own?
I know buying it is soooo much easier, but trust me, homemade is the way to go!! You wouldn’t believe how easy it really is plus homemade tastes better, and has more nutrients. 


Slow Cooker Pumpkin BBQ Ribs from www.bobbiskozykitchen.com
Now, where were we?
Pumpkin, yay or nay, not sweet, make your own.
Oh ya, Pumpkin BBQ Sauce!
The thing about adding pumpkin is, it just kinda adds a depth of flavor to the sauce. Kind of an earthy flavor. 
Maybe earthy isn’t the best description? I don’t want you to think “dirt” but it is kinda the best I’ve got right now.



Slow Cooker Pumpkin BBQ Ribs - Pumpkin adds that touch of fall to this delicious slow cooker version of baby back ribs. From www.bobbiskozykitchen.com


The thing about this recipe that makes me uber happy is that I combine two of my fave things.
Pumpkin + BBQ sauce.


If you have followed me for very long, you know I am kinda obsessed with BBQ sauces. I have recipes on the blog for Classic BBQ Sauce, Blackberry BBQ Sauce, Korean BBQ Sauce, Alabama White BBQ Sauce, and Roasted Strawberry BBQ Sauce.
And those are just the ones I have on the blog!!
Kevin says I will try to make just about anything into a BBQ sauce 
He isn’t complaining 
Slow Cooker Pumpkin BBQ Ribs from www.bobbiskozykitchen.com


Still feeling like this is the Twighlight zone and Pumpkin BBQ sauce can’t be a real thing?
Take it from Mini Me aka Miss Picky Pants.
This is a direct quote.
My Mom’s Pumpkin BBQ Sauce is the shhh err stuff!
Nuff said!


Slow Cooker Pumpkin BBQ Ribs from www.bobbiskozykitchen.com

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Slow Cooker Pumpkin BBQ Ribs

Pumpkin adds that touch of fall to this delicious slow cooker version of baby back ribs.
prep time: 5 MINScook time: 8 hour and 30 MINStotal time: 8 hours and 35 mins


For the BBQ Sauce

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cups cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 cup pumpkin beer* See Cook’s Notes
For the Ribs


  1. Add the ingredients for the BBQ sauce to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and then reduce to simmer. Simmer for 30 minutes over low heat, stirring occasionally. Allow sauce to cool and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator if not using immediately.
  2. Meanwhile, remove the ribs from the refrigerator and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Cut the racks of ribs in half and rub each side with 1/4 cup of the BBQ rub. Allow the ribs to set at room temperature while the BBQ sauce cooks.
  3. Place the ribs into the slow cooker and cover with 1 1/2 cups of the sauce, reserving the remainder for the finished ribs.
  4. Cook on low for 7 to 8 hours.
  5. Carefully remove the ribs from the slow cooker. Brush with remaining sauce.
Cook’s Notes

  1. If you can not find pumpkin beer you can use a brown ale.
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Slow Cooker Pumpkin BBQ Ribs - Pumpkin adds that touch of fall to this delicious slow cooker version of baby back ribs. From www.bobbiskozykitchen.com
  1. I love all things with pumpkin! Your recipe sounds absolutely delightful for cooler fall weather!

  2. Oh wow now this sounds like something delicious, I have recently got into ribs and it is most definitely the time for pumpkin right now.

  3. wows ounds interesting i never thought of using pumpkin might be delis!

  4. this is something different! never tired this before but i wonder if it will work with chicken instead? my husband does the rib and im not allowed to interfere lol

  5. I've never used pumpkin on my ribs, but these look so yummy!! I will definitely give them a try once finish my Whole 30 cycle )

  6. I usually make my own sauces, but I have to admit I have never made it with pumpkin. Reading this recipe over, it sounds like it would be really good.

  7. I've never even thought of this! My husband usually smokes our ribs, and we don't eat them with a sauce, but we'll have to try this one!

  8. I have never heard about pumpkin sauce but it seems really tasty and flavored. I can't get my eyes off that shiny BBQ. Maybe I should try this recipe this weekend cause I love pumpkin, too. Thanks for your sharing.

  9. Oh yes, I hope you do give it a try 🙂

  10. We love to smoke too! I just like to change it up from smoking, to dry rub only, to different kinds of sauces.

  11. Awesome! Good luck on your Whole 30 and I hope you enjoy the sauce!!

  12. I love making my own sauces too! Another one of my families favorites is my roasted strawberry BBQ sauce 🙂

  13. Haha is he the king of the grill like mine? I have to all but arm wrestle him to let me on the grill 🙂 Yes, this is great with chicken too!!

  14. Oh yes, it is pumpkin time 🙂 Glad you are jumping on the rib train, we LOVE them here!

  15. This sounds and looks amazing. I would love to try this. Will have to make these soon.

  16. I always love pumpkin pie but pumpkin with rib sounds great. thanks for sharing an other way to use pumpkin for a delicious recipe.

  17. This sounds super intriguing. I never heard of it before but I'd love to try it out!

  18. I love this!! I'm all about pumpkin everything, so this is right up my alley. Can't wait to give it a try!

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