It’s been a while since I’ve brought out the crock pot for a family dinner. I don’t know what it is, but I don’t use the crock pot nearly as much in the summer as I do during the fall and winter months. But, over the weekend, I decided to change that. Hubs wanted ribs for dinner, so I decided to go with my tried and true Dr. Pepper BBQ ribs, which are made in the crock pot. While I was making it, I wondered why I didn’t use the crock post more often. It’s just so stinking easy and healthier than ordering out, which we’ve been doing way too often around here!
We don’t buy soda in our house, I don’t like it and hubs tries not to drink it, but when he does Dr. Pepper is his favorite. That is how this recipe was born. There was leftover soda in the house and I decided to see if I could come up with a recipe using it. After a little research, I planned out these ribs, hoping the husband would love them. My favorite park of how they turned out is they fall right off the bone. They’re also full of flavor and the leftover sauce makes a great topping for baked potatoes if you use those as a side. I’m sure you can replace the Dr. Pepper with Root Beer for another tasty recipe. Enjoy!
- 2-4 lbs baby back ribs
- 2 1/2 cups Dr. Pepper
- 1-2 cups BBQ sauce we use Sweet Baby Rays
- salt, pepper, chili powder for seasoning
- Create a rub with equal parts of the salt, pepper and chili powder. I used about 1/2 tsp of each. Rub it on the meat.
- Cut ribs into sections of about 2-3.
- Place ribs in a crock pot (I make sure to spray with cooking oil first).
- Add 2 cups of the Dr. Pepper (reserve remaining 1/2 cup)
- Cook on low for 7.5 hours.
- Drain the Dr. Pepper leaving ribs still in the crock pot.
- Mix the BBQ sauce with the remaining Dr. Pepper.
- Brush sauce mixture over ribs and cook for another 30-45 minutes.
If you're in need of a new crock pot, here are some good choices.
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