Slow-Cooker Barbecue Ribs

Slow-Cooker Barbecue Ribs
Preparation time
20 mins
Cooking time
560 mins
Easy Recipes
4 people

Slow-Cooker Barbecue Ribs.

Yes, you can make authentic-tasting slow-cooker barbecue ribs. Here’s the proof! Cola is the secret to this sauce—it keeps the meat incredibly moist while cooking, so you’re left with fall-off-the-bone tender ribs that will satisfy even the most serious barbecue craving, no grill required. For added smoky flavor and texture, we recommend finishing off these slow-cooker ribs for a few minutes in your broiler.


Slow-Cooker Barbecue Ribs


  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 1/2 lb pork loin back ribs
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup cola carbonated beverage
  • 1 1/2 cups barbecue sauce


  1. Spray inside of 4- to 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray.
  2. Mix brown sugar, salt and pepper; rub mixture onto ribs, coating both sides.
  3. Cut ribs into 8 sections, about 3 ribs each.
  4. Layer ribs and onion in slow cooker. Pour cola over ribs. Cover; cook on Low heat setting 8 to 9 hours or until tender. Remove ribs from slow cooker. Discard liquid and onion slices.
  5. Set oven control to broil. Spray broiler pan with cooking spray. Pour barbecue sauce into shallow bowl. Dip ribs into sauce, coating both sides. Place ribs on broiler pan, rib side down. Broil with tops of ribs 3 inches from heat 3 to 4 minutes, just until sauce sets up on ribs. Turn ribs, and broil 3 to 5 minutes longer, just until sauce begins to caramelize. Serve with remaining barbecue sauce.

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