Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs with a Homemade Dr. Pepper Barbecue Sauce 


Barbecue Ribs that are fall-off-the-bone tender and delicious are a breeze to make in the crockpot or slow cooker.  

The ingredients are minimal and the process is easy. 

Until I made this recipe, I had never made ribs before. I had been hesitant because I was sure it would be hard and that the ribs would be blah but thankfully, I was wrong.

Seriously, other than removing the membrane from the ribs, the rest of the process couldn’t have been any easier. 

Truth be told, removing the membrane was easy, just not my favorite thing. 

Crock Pot Ribs with Dr. Pepper Barbecue Sauce

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 30 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Crock pot ribs, Dr. Pepper Barbecue Sauce, Dr. Pepper Ribs
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 442kcal
Author: Mary Beth


  • Slow Cooker


  • 2 cups Dr. Pepper
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons honey or 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce

Crock Pot Ribs

  • 3 pounds baby back ribs
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper


For the Sauce

  • Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl. Serve at room temperature or make ahead and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

For the Ribs

  • Use a knife to slice into the membrane~the white part on the underside/bone side of the ribs.
  • Remove the membrane. This is pretty easy ~ just pull and try to get it all in one swoop. You can use a moistened paper towel to help with grip.
  • Place ribs into crock pot cutting apart if necessary so they fit. If you are layering pour Dr. Pepper Barbecue sauce over each layer and brush to cover all the meaty portions of your ribs.
  • Cook at HIGH setting for 4 hours or LOW setting for 8 hours adding more barbecue sauce for the last one hour of cooking.

Recommended Side Dishes to Complement Baby Back Ribs

These would be great served with any of the below:

You don’t need to wait for a picnic to serve these. Since they’re made in a slow cooker, you can make them year-round.

Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Chicken

If you like cooking with your slow cooker you might also like this Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Chicken recipe I made a few years ago ~ it’s still a family favorite.

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