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Easy CrockPot Dr. Pepper Baby Back Ribs

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If you need an easy pork rib recipe, you’re going to love these CrockPot Dr. Pepper Baby Back Ribs.

Tender, fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs infused with the sweet and fizzy magic of Dr. Pepper. Yup, you heard me right – Dr. Pepper soda in your rib sauce.

CrockPot Dr. Pepper Baby Back Ribs fresh out of the slow cooker

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CrockPot Dr. Pepper Baby Back Ribs

Imagine ribs so tender they practically melt in your mouth, each bite bursting with go-back-for-seconds flavor.

But wait, it gets better.

You’ll be using your trusty CrockPot to effortlessly work its magic, which will save you a lot of work (and it’s something you can cook while you’re at work).

CrockPot Dr. Pepper Pork Baby Back Ribs Ingredients

  • Baby back pork ribs
  • BBQ sauce (like Sweet Baby Rays)
  • Dr. Pepper soda
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Smoked paprika
  • Chili powder
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground black pepper

Gluten Free Notes

All ingredients listed in this recipe are gluten-free.

Sweet Baby Rays is a gluten-free barbecue sauce, but keep in mind that manufacturers change ingredients and suppliers often, so always check labels.

Tools you’ll need for Dr.Pepper Ribs

To save on cleanup, we highly recommend using slow cooker liners.

How to Make CrockPot Pork Ribs

Prepping the Ribs:

  • Lay out the baby back ribs and remove the membrane from the bone side (a butter knife helps with this slippery task).
  • Season both sides generously with the rub you made.
  • Chop the ribs into 3 or 4 pieces and add ribs to the bottom of a 6 quart or larger slow cooker.

Setting up the CrockPot

  • Baste the ribs with half of the BBQ sauce.
  • Open up a can of Dr. Pepper – take a sip for good luck – and pour 1 cup around the ribs in the CrockPot.
  • Cook on low for 6 – 8 hours. Yeah, I know, the waiting can be tough, but trust me, it’s worth it. The meat will become so tender, it practically falls off the bone.

Finishing Touches (Carmelizing the Sauce)

  • Place cooked ribs onto a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Mix together the remaining BBQ sauce and Dr. Pepper.
  • Baste the ribs with the remaining sauce and place under a broiler for 3-5 minutes, until the sauce on the ribs thickens and becomes caramelized. Keep your eyes on it so it doesn’t burn!

How to Store Leftovers

I know, it’s hard to believe there might be any of those irresistible Crockpot Dr. Pepper Baby Back Ribs left.

But hey, sometimes life happens, and you gotta stash away the goodness for later. Here’s how to store the CrockPot Dr. Pepper pork ribs.

Refrigerate Leftover Ribs

Before you put the ribs in the fridge, let ’em cool down to room temperature.

Wrap ’em up tightly in some heavy-duty aluminum foil or an airtight container and pop them in the fridge.

The ribs will be good to go for about 3-4 days.

Freezing Cooked Ribs

Wrap the Dr. Pepper ribs in plastic wrap, then a layer of foil. Pop them into a resealable bag and label them with the date.

The pork ribs will keep for about 3 months.

Reheating Leftovers from the Fridge or Freezer

Now, when the cravings strike and you’re ready to dive back into rib heaven, it’s time to reheat those babies.

Ideal solution: Let them thaw in the fridge overnight if they’re frozen. When you’re ready to chow down, toss ’em on the grill or in the oven at medium heat (350 F), brushing on a little extra BBQ sauce.

If you’re short on time: Microwave them.

tongs picking up cooked ribs smothered in BBQ sauce from a slow cooker

Dr.Pepper Ribs Side Dish Ideas

Now that we’ve got those mouthwatering slow cooker Dr. Pepper Baby Back Ribs done, let’s talk sides. Here are some tasty side dishes to serve with CrockPot ribs.

1. Classic Coleslaw: You can’t have a proper BBQ without a bowl of classic coleslaw. Crisp cabbage, shredded carrots, and that creamy dressing – it’s like a refreshing palate cleanser between bites of those flavorful ribs. You can also try our Spicy Coleslaw recipe.

2. Cheesy Cornbread: Give those taste buds a double whammy of comfort with a slab of cheesy cornbread. The subtle sweetness and gooey cheese perfectly complement the rich flavors of the ribs.

3. Loaded Baked Potatoes: Transform your spuds into something spectacular with loaded baked potatoes. Load ’em up with butter, sour cream, cheese, and chives for a hearty and satisfying sidekick. You can also try these Loaded Mashed Potatoes.

4. Tangy Baked Beans: Tangy, sweet, and oh-so-satisfying, baked beans are the rib’s best friend. Their saucy goodness adds a zesty kick that’ll have you coming back for seconds.

5. Grilled Corn on the Cob: When those ribs hit the grill, why not let some corn join the party? Slathered in butter and sprinkled with seasoning, it’s the perfect way to add a touch of smoky sweetness. You can also try these Pressure Cooker Corn on the Cob.

6. Mac ‘n’ Cheese: Oh, mac ‘n’ cheese, you glorious comfort food! Creamy, cheesy, and oh-so-indulgent, it’s the yin to your rib’s yang. A match made in BBQ heaven.

7. Fresh Garden Salad: Balance out all that rich and smoky goodness with a crisp and refreshing garden salad. Toss in your favorite veggies, drizzle on some vinaigrette.

8. Onion Rings: Why settle for ordinary when you can have onion rings? Crispy, golden, and with that unmistakable oniony kick, they’ll add a fun and crunchy dimension to your rib feast.

9. Roasted Veggies: For a healthy twist, throw some seasoned veggies on the grill alongside those ribs. Asparagus, bell peppers, and zucchini get all smoky and caramelized, making for a guilt-free indulgence.

10. Sweet Potato Fries: Switch things up with some sweet potato fries. Their natural sweetness and crispy texture make them the perfect partner in crime for your saucy ribs. You can also keep it simple with these Air Fryer Frozen French Fries.

Picking up a piece of pork baby back ribs smothered in a Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce

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FAQs about Soda CrockPot Ribs

Give it a try! While Dr. Pepper brings a unique flavor, you can experiment with other sodas like cola or root beer for a twist.

Please note: we have not tried this, so don’t hate on us.

We haven’t tried it ourselves. We’d stick with regular Dr. Pepper for now as we’re not sure how the sweeteners would interact. It may be okay, but we don’t want your dinner to be ruined and for you to hate us.

Absolutely, though baby back ribs are the classic choice for this recipe. You can try spare ribs or St. Louis-style ribs, but keep an eye on the cooking time as they might need a bit more or less time in the crockpot for them to fall apart.

Crock Pot Dr. Pepper Baby Back Ribs

Whether you're hosting a backyard bash, craving some comfort food, or just looking to impress your foodie friends, these Crockpot Dr. Pepper Baby Back Ribs are your ticket to BBQ bliss.
5 from 7 votes
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slow cooker dr. pepper baby back ribs on a cutting board
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:6 hours
Total Time:6 hours 10 minutes



  • Mix together the garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, chili powder, salt and pepper and set aside.
  • Carefully remove the sinew (thin membrane layer) from the back of the pork ribs and discard.
  • Rub the seasoning mix onto the front and back of your rack of ribs.
  • Slice the ribs into 3 or 4 pieces and add ribs to the bottom of a 6 quart or larger slow cooker.
  • Baste the ribs with half of the BBQ sauce and pour 1 cup of the Dr. Pepper around the ribs in the slow cooker.
  • Cover and set the slow cooker to low for 6-8 hours, or until the pork ribs are fully cooked through and tender.
  • Place cooked ribs onto a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Mix together the remaining BBQ sauce and Dr. pepper until well combined. Baste the ribs with the remaining sauce and place under a broiler for 3-5 minutes, until the sauce on the ribs thickens and becomes caramelized.
  • Serve immediately, enjoy!


6 Qt CrockPot was used.
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days or freeze for up to 3 months.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 395kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 24gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 86mgSodium: 817mgPotassium: 449mgFiber: 1gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 308IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 59mgIron: 1mg
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 395kcal


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