Crockpot Mideastern Spareribs

3 lbs. ribs
2 Tbsp instant minced onion (or 2 teaspoons onion powder)
1 tsp crushed red pepper
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp garlic powder
½ cup water
1 ½ cups barbecue sauce

Combine onion, red pepper, cinnamon, and garlic powder. Rub mixture into ribs. Place in slow cooker and pour water around ribs. Cover and cook on low 7-8 hours. Remove ribs from slow cooker. Drain and discard liquid. Return ribs to slow cooker and pour barbecue sauce over them. Cover and cook on low 1 hour.