Slow Cooker Dr Pepper Ribs
Recipe type: Meat Entree
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Serves: 6
These Dr Pepper ribs are easy to prepare and very delicious. Cooking them in the slow cooker produces fall of the bones meat that is full of rich flavor. Finishing them on the grill to caramelize the sauce makes them perfect.
  • 1 full rack of baby back ribs
  • 2 liter bottle of Dr. Pepper
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons of salt
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
  • 4-6 russet potatoes (optional)
  • ½ cup water
  1. Place the ribs into a zip lock bag or sealable food storage container.
  2. Sprinkle ribs liberally with 2 to 4 tablespoons of salt.
  3. Pour in just enough Dr. Pepper to cover the ribs.
  4. Place the ribs in the refrigerator for 8 to 24 hours to allow the flavor of the Dr. Pepper to soak into the meat.
  5. Make the spice rub by mixing together the chili powder, black pepper, coarse sea salt, and garlic. and set aside.
  6. Make the Dr Pepper Barbecue sauce. The instructions can be found at:
  7. Once the ribs have marinated for the appropriate amount of time, remove them from the refrigerator, drain the marinade, and dispose of it.
  8. Pat the ribs dry and cut them into sections that will fit into your crock pot.
  9. Pour ½ cup of water into the bottom of your slow cooker.
  10. Arrange potatoes in the bottom of the cooker. If you don't want to use potatoes, place balls of foil into the bottom of the slow cooker.
  11. Liberally apply spice rub to both sides of the sections of ribs and place them in your slow cooker on top of the potatoes.
  12. Put lid on cooker and turn it on low for 8 to 10 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours.
  13. At the end of cooking time, carefully remove the ribs from the cooker using tongs and arrange them on a plate. They will be fully cooked and very tender. Be careful so that they don't fall apart.
  14. Brush ribs with our homemade Dr. Pepper Barbecue sauce, or use your favorite,  and finish on the grill, brushing with more barbecue sauce as needed until the sauce begins to caramelize. (If you don't want to use the grill, you can achieve the same result  by broiling them for a few minutes.)
  15. Serve with the potatoes (if you used them) and your favorite barbecue side dishes.  We like corn on the cob, barbecued beans, and coleslaw.
  16. Rub them liberally with the spice rub, an
Recipe by Patty Cake's Pantry at