You heard me: BBQ ribs in your slow cooker. An awesome alternative for those nights that are too bug-ridden or too dang hot to bother with outside.

Prep 15 MIN – Total  10 HR 15 MIN     Servings 4



3 1/2 pounds pork loin back ribs

 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons liquid smoke
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 medium onion, sliced
1/2 cup cola
1 1/2 cups barbecue sauce


  • 1 Spray inside of 4- to 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray.

  • 2 Remove inner skin from ribs. Mix brown sugar, salt, pepper, liquid smoke, garlic; rub mixture into ribs. Cut ribs into 4-inch pieces. Layers ribs and onion in slow cooker. Pour cola over ribs.
  • 3 Cover and cook on low heat setting 8 to 9 hours or until tender. Remove ribs from slow cooker. Drain and discard liquid.
  • 4 Pour barbecue sauce into shallow bowl. Dip ribs into sauce. Place ribs in slow cooker. Pour any remaining sauce over ribs. Cover and cook on low heat setting 1 hour. Note: This recipe was tested in slow cookers with heating elements in the side and bottom of the cooker, not in cookers that stand only on a heated base. For slow cookers with just a heated base, follow the manufacturer’s directions for layering ingredients and choosing a temperature.


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