Slow Cooker Coca Cola Ribs

Slow Cooker Coca Cola Ribs

Slow Cooker Coca Cola Ribs


  • 2 racks of baby back ribs (approximately 4-5 pounds)
  • 1 can (12 ounces) of Coca Cola
  • 1 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce (store-bought or homemade)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper for added heat


  1. Start by removing the membrane from the back of the ribs if it’s still attached to ensure the ribs are tender and absorb more flavor.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, salt, and cayenne pepper (if using) to create the dry rub.
  3. Rub this mixture generously all over the ribs, ensuring both sides are well-coated.
  4. Arrange the ribs in the slow cooker, standing them upright with the meatier sides facing outward and the curved bones facing inward.
  5. Pour the Coca Cola over the ribs, then brush the barbecue sauce on top.
  6. Set your slow cooker to low and cook for 6 to 8 hours, or until the ribs are tender and easily pulled apart with a fork.
  7. For an added touch of caramelization, finish the ribs under a broiler. Remove the ribs from the slow cooker, place them on a baking sheet, and broil for 2-3 minutes until they develop a glossy glaze.

Variations & Tips:

  • For a different BBQ flavor, try using a smoky chipotle or honey mustard sauce.
  • Add complexity to the flavor by incorporating a dash of liquid smoke or Worcestershire sauce along with the Coca Cola.
  • To ensure even cooking, rotate the ribs midway through the cooking time if your slow cooker has hot spots.
  • Let the ribs rest for a few minutes after broiling to allow the juices to redistribute for maximum tenderness.
  • For a festive touch, garnish the ribs with freshly chopped herbs like parsley or chives before serving to add a pop of color and freshness.

Enjoy these delicious ribs, demonstrating that a slow cooker and a classic soda can create culinary magic together.

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