These Slow Cooker Coke Ribs are sweet, tangy, tender, and so good you won’t even care how much sauce is on your face. Juicy, saucy, fall-off-the-bone ribs are made with a not-so-secret ingredient (it’s in the title!) and the slow cooker does all the work!
Fall-Apart Tender Crock Pot Ribs
Pork ribs seem so tedious that many people avoid cooking them. But you don’t have to be an experienced grill master to cook a party-pleasing rack of ribs. All you need is your slow cooker.
They are so easy to make, that they may just become one of your favorite slow cooker recipes!
If you’re gonna be feeding a crowd, BBQ recipes are the way to go! You can make your own spicy BBQ sauce and serve these ribs with zesty coleslaw. Everyone will fight their way to the table to grab some of these delicious crock pot ribs!
Why you’ll love Slow Cooker Coke Ribs
Easy – This recipe takes all the guesswork out of making tender ribs. Low and slow is the way to go no matter what, but with slow cooker ribs you don’t need to stand around waiting!
Perfect texture – Using Coca-Cola in the marinade is what makes these ribs fall apart tender and taste incredible.
Simple Ingredients – Other than the ribs, you probably already have everything you need. It just takes some simple spices, barbecue sauce, and a can of Coke! There are a couple of soda variations you can make too, like Dr. Pepper or Root Beer!
Equipment you’ll need
Below is a list of the ingredients you’ll need to gather to make this recipe, why you need them, and possible substitutions. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card with measurements.
- Paprika – This is what gives the ribs a smoky flavor.
- Onion Powder – An essential spice for enhancing the flavor of the meat.
- Garlic Powder – Always add garlic with onion; if you use garlic salt, omit the extra salt.
- Salt – This naturally enhances all the other flavors.
- Chili Powder – Use carefully because it adds a lot of heat to the ribs.
- Black Pepper – This rounds out the other spices.
- Ribs – For best results, use pork baby back ribs. Remove the silver skin or ask your butcher to do it for you.
- BBQ Sauce – Use your favorite kind from the store or make your own.
- Coca-Cola – The acid in Coke breaks down the protein and tenderizes the meat, but it also lends a distinct flavor that is just the right amount of sweetness.
How to make Slow Cooker Ribs with Coke
This section shows you how to make this recipe, with process photos showing the steps to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.
- Step One: Combine the spice rub and coat the ribs entirely. Use your hands (wear gloves if you want!) to make sure to season all the nooks and crannies.
- Step Two: Layer ribs in the basin of the crockpot. Overlapping or stacking is fine. We’re not aiming for crispy ribs here, so there’s no need to save space. Pour 2 cups of the sauce and coke mixture overtop, reserving 1 cup for later on.
- Step Three: Cover with a lid and cook on low for 9 hours. If you’re short on time, you can up the temperature to cook on high for 4 hours.
- Step Four: Once the ribs are fall-off-the-bone tender, transfer them to a foil-lined baking sheet. Brush with reserved sauce and broil on LOW for about 5 minutes, watching that they don’t burn. Serve warm with extra sauce for dipping, basting, and well…eating with a spoon!
Every slow cooker runs differently. Times given are a general recommendation and should be tested in your own slow cooker and adjusted as needed.
What to serve with Slow Cooker Coke Ribs
This is the perfect meal to make for a party or a fun family dinner. And there are so many different things that taste amazing with juicy BBQ ribs.
Tips & Suggestions
- Change the spice blend to suit your tastes. Smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, and brown sugar are a common rub mixture. Whichever you go with, you’ll need about 4-5 teaspoons.
- Whether you buy or make the BBQ sauce, be sure to have enough for 3 cups. 1 of those cups is for basting to make sure they’re nice and saucy!
- If you are taking the silver skin membrane off yourself, use a butter knife to get between the skin and the ribs just to loosen it. Then, use your hands to pull it off. Sometimes it’s helpful to use a paper towel for grip.
- If your ribs have fatty skin at the end of the rack, cut it off.
- I recommend using low heat for these slow cooker coke ribs. About 7-9 hours should do it!
How to reheat and store Slow Cooker Coke Ribs
How to store leftovers
Store the leftover ribs in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
How long will cooked bbq ribs last in the fridge?
This easy slow cooker ribs recipe will stay fresh in the refrigerator for about 3 days.
Can I freeze pork ribs?
Sure, you can. Once ribs are cooled, store them in a freezer-safe bag like a Zip-lock bag. Keep them frozen for up to 3 months. Pour barbecue sauce in there too!
How to reheat them
It’s best to reheat the cooked ribs in the oven or air fryer, but they will heat up perfectly in the microwave, too. In the oven or air fryer, heat them at about 350° for about 10 minutes.
Yes, you can use beef ribs instead of pork ribs. It won’t change the recipe at all.
There should be enough liquid (in this case coke, and sauce) to maintain moisture and ensure the ribs don’t dry out or start to burn. However, it shouldn’t be so much liquid that the ribs are submerged or swimming in liquid.
No, there is no need to flip them over when you cook them in the slow cooker. For a crispier top, you can baste them and place them under the broiler at the end.
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