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Lots of good things going on today.

Crockpot Grilled Fiery Habanero Apricot BBQ Ribs | @hbharvest

Clearly these ribs, but also some other fun things too!

First, my younger brother, Kai got into the school he wanted (FIDM) in LA and I could not be more exited for him. When he told me, it pretty much made my Monday. I might just be living vicariously through him though. He will be attending the same school that I always thought I wanted to go to…until I didn’t… and decided to change career paths… did a complete 360… and here I am.

It’s a long story and I have told it before, so I will not go over all the details and bore you…again.

But really, I am SO exited for him. I think it will be the perfect school for him, he is going to KILL it in the filming world.

And ok, I am pretty exited he is going to be in sunny, warm LA. The land of food photography props galore. Yess.

Crockpot Grilled Fiery Habanero Apricot BBQ Ribs | @hbharvest

Alright, and equally exciting is some news about the goats. You remember yesterday how I said we would not be receiving milk from our goats until next summer? Yeah, well Heather, the woman who we bought our cute little goats, Mara and Layla, from emailed my mom telling her the birth stories of the two girls and giving us their lineage. She also said that she was going to need to cut down the size of her heard with their next round of babies and asked if we would be interested in taking a milking goat, Mara’s dam (mother) Tiramisu.

Oh my gosh, yes!!

Well, that’s what I said when my dad told me, BUT he’s a little scared to be taking on a milking goat with everything we already have going on…so I am working on him. And I need him on board because I definitely don’t have enough time to be milking goats twice a day, BUT I so want the milk. Like SO bad. The days need more hours. Yes, like a lot more hours.

So while this is not a done deal, I have both my fingers crossed…Tiramisu, she even has the perfect name – once we get her I promise to make some tiramisu with goat’s milk! I will update you on this front, once I know a bit more.

Crockpot Grilled Fiery Habanero Apricot BBQ Ribs | @hbharvest

Crockpot Grilled Fiery Habanero Apricot BBQ Ribs | @hbharvest

Ok and third, I spent most of Monday with little miss Asher. I haven’t spent a whole day with her since I officially moved out of the “rents” house.

My family went rafting, so Asher was stuck with boring, always working me. She talked my ear off, somehow convinced me that making a cake was a good idea (in the midst of my already messy, food filled kitchen) and then stole my laptop and watched gymnastic on YouTube for like two hours.

We also maybe danced around the kitchen screaming (cause neither of us can sing) the entire Taylor Swift 1989 album while we made the said cake. FYI, the girl know all the words to every song.

She’s six and probably Taylor’s BIGGEST and littlest fan ever. She knows it all.

Crockpot Grilled Fiery Habanero Apricot BBQ Ribs | @hbharvest

Oh, and Asher also made this sweet comment, “Tiegs, all the food you made today is beautiful”. And then she asked to make a cake.

Girl sure knows how to play me.

Crockpot Grilled Fiery Habanero Apricot BBQ Ribs | @hbharvest

But the best part of this post is most definitely these fall off the bone, spicy, sweet and bone lickin’ good, crockpot grilled fiery habanero apricot BBQ ribs.

You guys, the crockpot is the magic way to cook ribs. Like no joke, these ribs came out perfect. In fact, the Colorado BBQ Challenge was in town over the weekend and the entire family agreed that the chewy ribs they had there didn’t even come close to my ribs.

But then again, my BBQ sauce is kind of amazing too. It’s spicy, sweet and full of summer fruit. I know it seems a little weird to be adding fruit to a BBQ sauce, but when paired with those spicy habanero chilies it’s the perfect balance of sweet and spicy.

Crockpot Grilled Fiery Habanero Apricot BBQ Ribs | @hbharvest

Clearly, I have the 4th of July in mind for these ribs. Cook them in the crockpot all day long and then just throw them on the grill right before eating. Could not be an easier or more delicious way to do it.

For reals.

If you do decide to make these for the 4th, you can easily double the recipe to make enough for two racks of ribs. My crockpot fit two full racks, but I don’t think it could fit a third. If you are looking to cook 3-4 racks, I would see if you can borrow a crockpot from someone you know. Kind of a pain, but I promise, once you try ribs in the crockpot you won’t be going back to whatever you did before. AND the cleanup is so easy too!

Heck yes!!!

Crockpot Grilled Fiery Habanero Apricot BBQ Ribs | @hbharvest

Crockpot Grilled Fiery Habanero Apricot BBQ Ribs.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 1342 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.



Fiery Habanero Apricot BBQ Sauce


  • Grabs the ribs and place them on a cutting board. Take a butter knife, wedge it just underneath the membrane to loosen and pull the membrane up and off the bone. Then just use your hands to pull the rest of the membrane off.
  • In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, smoked paprika, chipotle chili powder, garlic powder, cinnamon, salt and pepper. Rub the mixture all over the ribs.
  • Place the ribs in the bowl of a crockpot and pour the beer into the crockpot. Cover and cook overnight or 6-8 hours on low.
  • Sometime while the ribs are cooking, make the BBQ sauce. Combine all the ingredients for the BBQ sauce in a medium size sauce pot. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook until the apricots are very soft, about 10-15 minutes. Once the fruit is soft, remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly, then puree the sauce in a blender until completely smooth. Pour into a glass jar. Store any leftovers in the fridge.
  • Once the ribs are finish cooking and you are ready to grill them, preheat the grill to medium high heat.
  • Remove the ribs from the crockpot and brush them with the BBQ sauce. Be careful when handling, the ribs are they are really going to want to fall apart. This is obviously what you want, but it does make them a little tricky to handle.
  • Place the ribs on the grill and grill for 5-8 minutes or until light grill marks appear. Carefully remove the ribs from the grill and onto a serving plate. Brush with more BBQ sauce and serve warm. Enjoy!!
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    1. Hey Jessica,
      Of course, broth would also work nicely for you! Please let me know if you give this recipe a try, I hope you love it! xT

  1. Confused… use one oz of favourite beer 12.
    What does the 12 mean should it be more than one oz that does not seem like enough liquid?

  2. 5 stars
    The bbq sauce is delicious! I have a different method for cooking ribs, but I did use this recipe for the bbq sauce and it might become my “go-to” sauce. Great stuff!

  3. 1 star
    sorry folks, but no way. MUSH. great ribs do not come from a crock-pot, pressure cooker/instant pot. any job worth doing, is worth doing correctly. great ribs come from a a tried & true rub & smoke process. short cuts just do not equal.

    1. Hi there,
      Thanks for sharing your feedback, sorry to hear the recipe was not enjoyed. Please let me know if I can help in any way! xTieghan

    2. Amazing! We usually smoke our ribs, but wanted an option to cook while at work. They turned out soooo good. They are the perfect texture. You can finish them on the green egg to add smoky flavor.

      1. Hey Jessica,
        Perfect!! I am delighted to hear that this recipe turned out well for you and thanks so much for trying it out! xx

  4. Is the 1 oz of beer accurate, or was it supposed to say 12? Just wondering because it says 12 at the end of that ingredient line, and 1 oz seems like not very much liquid for putting it in the crock pot for 6-8 hours. Wanted to double check before I try it. Thanks!

    1. Hey Emily,
      Sorry for any confusion, that should read one 12 ounce beer. I hope this helps! Let me know if you give the recipe a try, I hope you love it! xx

  5. This looks so yummy!! I want to make this for a family party at my sister’s house! Can I make it in my own crockpot and then transfer it and grill it at her house? Or should it be grilled immediately after being cooked in the crockpot?

    1. Hey Abby,
      That would work just fine for you! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know how it turns out! xTieghan

    1. Hey Christina,
      Sparkling cider would work well in place of the beer. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  6. 5 stars
    Made these today & they were so delicious! I couldn’t find apricots or peaches, substituted 2 honey mangos & it turned out great!

    1. Hey Kelly! I have not tested it, but I am sure either would be great. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan ???

    1. Hi Jenny, I have never cooked ribs in the instant pot, so I don’t feel comfortable advising you. After looking at a few recipes, most people are cooking their ribs for about 40-50 minutes on high pressure. I would recommend looking up another recipe, then just using these ingredients if you are excited about the flavors. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

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  8. Hey Teigen,

    I wanted to use apricot preserve or jam in place of apricots to be able make this recipe year round. Can I use jam instead and how much do I use?
    I love your blog and your recipes, they’re so different and fun!

    Slim Shady

    1. I would use about 1/2 cup of apricot jam. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂