This is the easiest, most delicious way to cook ribs. I used to hate cooking ribs for my family. I’ve tried grilling them, I’ve tried roasting them. Then I tried them in a slow cooker, and guys… this is the way to cook ribs. It’s so easy, and you can start cooking them in the morning and they are fall-off-the-bone tender by the time you get home. And you don’t have to cut off the silver skin! The slow cooker, cooks it down enough that it becomes very tender with the meat. If you want a great, easy week day recipe, look no further than these slow cooker Dr Pepper ribs.
Why you’ll love this crock pot pork back ribs recipe
- You can toss it in your slow cooker in the morning, and they are ready for you by the time you get home!
- They are made with only 3 ingredients; ribs, bbq sauce and a bottle of Dr Pepper. Toss it all in the slow cooker and viola!
- you will probably want to give another reason to love this recipe and this is where you will write it. it’s the best recipe ever.
Here’s what you’ll need to make it
- Slow Cooker – Use whatever slow cooker you have.
- Knife – The knife is used to cut the thawed ribs in half, just so they fit more nicely into the slow cooker.
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Ingredients & substitutions
- Baby Back Ribs – Find yourself some nice, meaty baby back ribs. I like to get mine at Costco or Sam’s Club. The meatier, the better! For this recipe, you can use about 3 lbs of ribs.
- BBQ Sauce – Use your favorite. I chose Sweet Baby Rays for this, as my kids love it.
- Dr Pepper – Use regular Dr Pepper, not diet. You need the sugar to help tenderize the ribs. I used a 20 ounce bottle, so the ribs were mostly submerged.
How to make this easy bbq pork ribs recipe
Step 1. Cut the rack of ribs in half so both halves fit in your slow cooker.
Step 2. Spread BBQ sauce on the ribs. Pour bottle of Dr. Pepper in the slow cooker. Cover and let cook for at least 8 hours.
Step 3. Serve your slow cooker Dr Pepper ribs with your favorite sides. We like to take the meat off of the bone and eat it on a salad!
FAQs about ribs
Pork ribs are typically meatier and juicier than beef ribs. They’re also a bit leaner, which means they can be tougher if not cooked properly. Beef ribs tend to be fattier, but the muscle structure makes the meat easier to eat.
We begin by slow cooking the ribs for eight hours at a low temperature to gently cook the meat all the way through without drying it out. This locks in the flavor and moisture for that melt-in-your mouth texture we all know and love.
More ideas for slow cooker:
Slow Cooker Dr Pepper Ribs
- 1 slow cooker
- 1 Knife
- 1 rack baby back ribs about 3 lbs
- 1 cup Sweet Baby Rays or your favorite BBQ Sauce
- 20 oz Dr. Pepper
- Cut the rack of ribs in half so both halves fit in your slow cooker.
- Spread BBQ sauce on the ribs. Pour bottle of Dr. Pepper in the slow cooker. Cover and let cook for at least 8 hours.
- Serve with your favorite sides.