Crock Pot Dr Pepper Ribs

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Beef or pork ribs are cooked low and slow to perfection with Dr Pepper and a few other common pantry ingredients. These ribs are great for game day!

Crock Pot Dr Pepper Ribs

Football season is here and we couldn’t be more excited! When we moved last year, we moved to an area where the majority loves our favorite college team. And we’re onto our second year of college football watching parties with great friends we’ve made!

We’re one of a kind with our football parties because we don’t like to use utensils. We’re all about easy finger foods at these viewing parties. Meatballs, chips and salsa, wings, sliders…if you can eat it with your hands, it’s most likely present at our parties. My husband pointed out to me recently that we’ve never served ribs at one of our parties. We make them at home, but we’ve never shared them with our friends. We made Crock Pot Dr Pepper Ribs and can’t wait to share it with our friends. They’re finger-lickin’ good!

We went to Target and picked up a 12-pack of 12oz Dr Pepper cans. This recipe only uses one can, but we’re all about serving Dr Pepper at our parties! You’ll want to pick up a 1.5-2 lb package of beef or pork ribs while you’re at Target.

Crock Pot Dr Pepper Ribs

The package we purchased had five large boneless beef ribs. For serving at a party, we plan to cut the ribs into smaller strips or into chunks to serve on a toothpick. Perfect appetizer!

Make the rub and pat it all over each rib. This rub adds so much great flavor. Place the ribs in the crock pot and pour Dr Pepper right over top. In four hours you’ve got yourself a perfect party appetizer! And they’re crazy good. That rub combined with Dr Pepper is fabulous.

Crock Pot Dr Pepper Ribs

After four hours of slow cooking, you’ll want to remove the liquid and add your favorite barbecue sauce. Stir them up and prepare them the way you would like to serve them. Slice them smaller, cut into chunks, or eat them as is. So good!

Crock Pot Dr Pepper Ribs

The Dr Pepper helps give the meat not only an amazing flavor, but a perfectly tender texture. These ribs will melt in your mouth.

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Crock Pot Dr Pepper Ribs


  • 1.5 - 2lb beef or pork ribs
  • 1 (12oz) can Dr Pepper
  • ½ c. brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 1 c. barbecue sauce


  1. Remove ribs from packaging and place on a clean plate. Combine brown sugar, garlic powder, and pepper in a bowl. Pat mixture all over each rib and place in the crock pot.
  2. Pour Dr Pepper over the ribs. Set the crock pot to low heat and cook 4 hours.
  3. Remove liquid from crock pot and add barbecue sauce. Coat ribs with sauce and heat for 30 more minutes. Remove and serve hot. Enjoy!

Kitchen tools and gadgets needed for this recipe:

Crock Pot Dr Pepper Ribs

This rib recipe is perfect for a college football party! I can’t wait to make them again. What is your food style on game day?

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  1. says

    The chef in me says this is a great idea as the flavour of Dr Pepper is ginger and aromatic spices. However, putting a rub on the ribs and then putting them in a pan and flooding them with Dr Pepper is a waste of time as the ‘rub’ will be washed off! Make your rub, add some salt too, and put the rubbed ribs in a Ziploc bag overnight to absorb the flavours. I would also add some Chinese 5 Spice. Finally rather than throwing the cooking juice away, add some cider vinegar, some tomato paste, reduce it, skim off the fat, thicken with a little corn flour and that IS your BBQ Sauce. I am going to try it, thank you for the embryonic idea :>)

  2. Mark says

    Very good. Followed pretty on point but did add alittle more spices. Did 4 hours in slow cooker and only 10 minutes per side in oven. Came out great!

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