Who would have ever imagined that a can of pop (as we call it here in West Virginia) could play such a role in yielding such delicious flavor in meat? The first time I tried this I was astounded. With simply 2 cans of Dr. Pepper (not diet) and some easy ingredients and slow cooked in your crockpot, the result is absolutely lip smacking. A variety of variations of this recipe is all over the web, but I doctored it a bit and added a bit of extra heat and smokiness.
This is super easy to make… on either high or low setting. Use the remaining sauce for dipping.
You’ll slow cook on low for about 5.5 hours or on high for about 3.5. Bake time is 30 minutes.
TIP: When baking the second side I switch my oven to broil at 400 degrees for the final 3-4 minutes. Adds a nice bit of char to the ribs. Keep an eye on them!
Scrumptious Dr. Pepper Country Style Ribs
Easy to make and absolutely lip smacking using regular Dr. Pepper soda. The hot pepper flakes adds a bit of extra heat for zestiness.
- 4 1/5 LBS Country Style Pork Ribs (Bone-In Suggested)
- 2 12oz Cans Dr. Pepper
- 3/4 Cups BBQ Sauce
- 3 TSP Liquid Smoke
- 1.5 TSP Garlic Powder
- 2 TSP Ground Black Pepper
- 1 Dash Hot Pepper Flakes (about 1/2 TSP)
- Step 1 Set aside 1/2 cup of the Dr. Pepper and pour the rest over ribs in the slow cooker.
- Step 2 Cover and cook on low for about 5.5 hours or on high for about 3.5. Keep that lid on it! Remove lid only once halfway through cooking and flip ribs over (if you’re at home).
- Step 3 Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with foil. Place a wire rack on prepared baking sheet.
- Step 4 Stir together BBQ sauce, liquid smoke, garlic powder, pepper and hot pepper flakes with 1/2 cup of Dr. Pepper.
- Step 5 Carefully move ribs from crockpot to wire rack.
- Step 6 Brush ribs with sauce and bake for 7 minutes. Brush again and bake for additional 8 minutes.
- Step 7 Flip ribs. Brush again and bake for 7 minutes. Brush again. Bake for 8 additional minutes. Remove from oven and optionally brush with warmed sauce. Enjoy!