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Slow Cooked Dr Pepper Baby Back Ribs

Slow Cooked Dr Pepper Baby Back Ribs

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword slow-cooked-dr-pepper-baby-back-ribs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Stand time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 hours 15 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 690kcal
Author Melissa Sperka


  • 2 6 lb racks baby back ribs
  • 2 Tbsp olive or vegetable oil
  • 1 cup Dr Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp liquid smoke
  • 3 cup Dr Pepper barbecue sauce or your favorite
  • Dry rub:
  • 4 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 ½ Tbsp coarse sea salt
  • 2 tsp each ground chipotle pepper Spanish paprika, dark chili powder
  • 2 tsp each cumin lemon pepper, oregano, granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp each garlic powder onion powder, black pepper
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes


  • Rinse and pat dry the baby back ribs. Use s paper towel to grab and remove the membrane from the back of the ribs. T
  • Drizzle on both sides with olive oil and rub generously with the dry rub.
  • Spray the inside of a 6 quart oval slow cooker or similar with cooking spray. Arrange 1 rack of ribs along the wall of the slow cooker insert.
  • Arrange the second rack of ribs on the interior of the slow cooker.
  • Mix together the Dr Pepper and liquid smoke and carefully drizzle over the ribs. Make sure the lid covers snugly.
  • Cook on low for 7-8 hours or until fork tender. The ribs will become very tender, so, handle carefully.
  • Remove to a pan and cool uncovered.
  • After cooling, cover with plastic wrap and chill if making in advance.
  • To broil: Move the oven rack to the highest position and set on broil. Spritz a baking sheet liberally with cooking spray. Brush one side of the ribs with bbq sauce. Broil for approximately 4-5 minutes per side or until charred. Repeat with the other side. Rest uncovered for 5-10 minutes before serving.
  • To grill: Preheat the grill to medium. Liberally oil the grates. Brush one side of the ribs with bbq sauce and grill until charred, approximately 4-6 minutes per side. Repeat on the opposite side. Rest uncovered for 5-10 minutes before serving.


Shortcut dry rub: Applewood Rub by McCormick's, Smokehouse Maple or Barbecue Magic OR any of your favorite dry rub combinations..


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 690kcal | Carbohydrates: 81g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 3623mg | Potassium: 190mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 313IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg