Slow Cooker Coca Cola Ribs



– 2 racks of baby back ribs (about 4-5 pounds)
– 1 can (12 ounces) of Coca Cola
– 1 cup barbecue sauce (your favorite brand 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 a bit of heat


1. Begin by removing the membrane from the back of the ribs if it’s still attached; this will ensure the ribs are tender and soak up more flavor.

2. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, salt, and cayenne pepper (if using) to make the dry rub.

3. Generously rub this mixture all over the ribs, coating both sides.

4. Place the ribs in the slow cooker, standing them up against the sides with the meatier parts facing outward and the curved bones facing in.

5. Pour the Coca Cola over the ribs, and 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 fork-tender.

7. For those who crave a bit of caramelization, you can 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 or until they develop a beautiful glaze.

Variations & Tips:

– For a twist on the traditional BBQ flavor, try using a smoky chipotle or honey mustard sauce.

– If you want to infuse the dish with a more complex flavor profile, consider adding a dash of liquid smoke or Worcestershire sauce along with the Coca Cola.

– To ensure the ribs are evenly cooked, rotate them midway through the cooking time if your slow cooker tends to have hot spots.

– Always allow the ribs to rest for a few minutes after broiling to let the juices redistribute for maximum tenderness.

– For a festive occasion, you can garnish the ribs with chopped fresh herbs like parsley or chives to add a pop of color and freshness just before serving.

Enjoy these succulent ribs that prove a slow cooker and a classic soda can work culinary wonders together.