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Slow Cooker Dr. Pepper BBQ Ribs

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Tender and Flavorful Ribs with a Dr. Pepper Twist Imagine sinking your teeth into tender, fall-off-the-bone ribs infused with the unique sweetness and depth of Dr. Pepper barbecue sauce. Slow Cooker Dr. Pepper BBQ Ribs are a delightful fusion of smoky, savory flavors and a hint of cola-inspired sweetness, all achieved with minimal effort. This recipe promises mouthwatering, finger-licking ribs that are perfect for barbecue enthusiasts and busy cooks alike.

Dr. Pepper Infusion

The star of these ribs is the Dr. Pepper barbecue sauce, which adds a one-of-a-kind sweetness and depth of flavor to the meat as it slow-cooks.

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This recipe is designed for convenience, allowing you to enjoy delicious ribs without the need for extensive grilling or smoking.

Substitutions and Variations:

Customize your Slow Cooker Dr. Pepper BBQ Ribs with these variations:

  1. Spicy Kick: Add a pinch of cayenne pepper or a dash of hot sauce to the sauce for a spicy twist.
  2. Cola Swap: Experiment with other cola brands for unique flavor variations.
  3. Fruit Fusion: Enhance the sauce with a splash of pineapple juice or apple cider vinegar for a fruity twist.


Now that you’ve uncovered the secret to Slow Cooker Dr. Pepper BBQ Ribs, it’s time to savor the deliciousness of perfectly cooked, flavorful ribs without the fuss. Share them with friends and family, serve them at gatherings, or enjoy them as a special treat anytime. Don’t forget to leave a review and share your favorite barbecue sides to pair with these ribs. Happy rib cooking!

Tips or Notes:

  • Use baby back ribs or spare ribs based on your preference. Baby back ribs tend to be leaner, while spare ribs have more fat and flavor.
  • For a smokier flavor, you can add a few drops of liquid smoke to the sauce.
  • Broil the ribs in the oven for a few minutes after slow-cooking for a caramelized and slightly crispy finish.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use a different type of soda?

While Dr. Pepper provides a unique flavor, you can experiment with other cola brands or even root beer for a different taste profile.

Can I cook these ribs on high heat in the slow cooker?

It’s best to cook these ribs on low heat in the slow cooker to achieve the tender and flavorful results.

Slow Cooker Dr. Pepper BBQ Ribs

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  • For the Ribs:
  • 2 2 racks of baby back ribs or spare ribs (about 4-5 pounds/1.8-2.3 kg)

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • For the Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce:
  • 1 can 1 (12 ounces/355ml) Dr. Pepper

  • 1 1/2 cups 1 1/2 (360ml) barbecue sauce (your favorite brand)

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 (60ml) apple cider vinegar

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 (60ml) Worcestershire sauce

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 (60ml) brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon 1 garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon 1 onion powder

  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • For the Ribs:
  • Begin by preparing the ribs. Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs if it hasn’t already been removed.
  • Season both sides of the ribs with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cut the racks of ribs into smaller sections that will fit comfortably in your slow cooker.
  • For the Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce:
  • In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the Dr. Pepper, barbecue sauce, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Bring the sauce to a simmer and cook for about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it thickens slightly.
  • To Assemble:
  • Place the rib sections in the slow cooker.
  • Pour the Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce over the ribs, ensuring they are well coated.
  • Cover the slow cooker and cook on low heat for 6-8 hours, or until the ribs are tender and easily pull apart.
  • Carefully remove the ribs from the slow cooker and place them on a baking sheet.
  • Optionally, baste the ribs with some of the cooking liquid or additional barbecue sauce.
  • Preheat your broiler to high. Broil the ribs for 2-3 minutes per side, or until they develop a slightly caramelized and crispy exterior.
  • Serve your mouthwatering Slow Cooker Dr. Pepper BBQ Ribs hot and enjoy the delicious fusion of flavors in every bite!

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