Warm Up This Winter with this Easy Slow Cooker Dr. Pepper Ribs Recipe #whatscooking

When the weather turns chilly, my slow cooker becomes my best friend. It’s such an easy way of making a delicious meal during the busy holiday season and knowing that a hot, tasty supper is waiting for my family at the end of the day is such a treat.

I have a few favourite slow cooker creations, but I love whipping up new recipes too! So after the first heavy snowfall hit Saskatchewan, I decided to alter my incredibly delicious barbequed Dr. Pepper Ribs recipe for the slow cooker by combining it with the easy and delicious looking Slow-Cooker BBQ Short Ribs recipe I found on the Kraft What’s Cooking website.

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Slow Cooker Dr. Pepper Ribs
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My wildly popular Dr. Pepper ribs made easier with Kraft barbeque sauce and adapted for the slow-cooker!
Recipe type: Main Course
  • 4 lb. (1.8 kg) Baby Back ribs, cut into sections
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 cup Kraft Extra Rich BBQ Sauce
  • 1 cup Dr. Pepper
  1. Layer ribs in slow cooker and top with chopped onions.
  2. Whisk flour, Kraft BBQ Sauce and Dr. Pepper together until combined.
  3. Pour mixture over ribs.
  4. Cook on Low for 6 to 8 hours (or on High for 4 hours).
  5. Stir gently until evenly coated.

These ribs are fall-off-the-bone tender and bursting with flavour. I have to admit, I loved the tanginess of the Kraft Extra Rich BBQ Sauce so much that I even added a little more to the sauce at the end of cooking. The barbeque sauce thickens as it cools, but it can also be thickened to the desired consistency by whisking a mix of cornstarch and water into the liquid if desired.

kraft whatscooking dr. pepper ribs slow cooker

When it comes to slow-cooker pork recipes, this one is my family’s new favourites. I am so happy to have a way to enjoy these tender, meaty ribs all year long. With just a few ingredients and my trusty slow cooker, any day can be a ribfest in our house, even in the middle of winter. Try them out yourself and see what you think!

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  1. Those look delicious!!! I love ribs!

  2. I’ve never found a recipe like this one before and I am anxious to try it out.I love ribs and this recipe looks devine. I like itbecause it’s definitely unique and simple to make.

  3. Maybe I’ll finally enjoy Dr Pepper with this recipe!

  4. I always seem to have a problem getting ribs ‘just right’. Never thought to try the slow cooker but it seems like the perfect place to cook them since they really should be cooked slowly for a period of time. I will definitely be trying this.

  5. Chandra Christine O'Connor says:

    my family loves ribs and I love that they are in the slow cooker so much easier

  6. Lindsay Cyr says:

    Oh my gosh, these look and sound so good! My family just loves ribs, so I’m definitely going to have to try out this recipe. Thanks!

  7. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    the ribs look delicious but how on earth does anyone come up with the idea of putting Dr. Pepper in a recipe? Absolutely amazing the things people come up with and they work too!

  8. I would never have thought to use Dr Pepper as an ingredient.

  9. This looks delicious, I love Dr Pepper!

  10. I love slow cooked ribs or ribs of any kind for that matter.

  11. husband loves ribs, I love dr pepper…win win here

  12. Anna Johnson says:

    Yum! Our family are rib fans-we had slow cooker ribs last night. We will try this-thanks!

  13. This sounds like a great recipe! Will have to try it out as i love using my slow cooker during the winter!

  14. That looks really yummy! I usually do my ribs in the slow cooker with rootbeer and it always turns out so tender. I will have to try it with Dr. Pepper to see if the flavour changes.

  15. Kelli Anderson says:

    Dr. Pepper? How cool! I’m a foodie and I’ll be trying this recipe soon. Thx!

  16. I haven’t made ribs in awhile. This is not only delicious looking but so easy. What a great recipe to have all year long. :) Thanks for sharing in this post. Love it !
    Carol L

  17. I’m not a rib fan but I love the Dr.Pepper idea! Would convert great to pulled pork too! thanks!

  18. Nena Sinclair says:

    I love ribs and these look so yummy! I’ve gotta give your recipe a try! Thanks for sharing! :)

  19. I really don’t like the taste of Dr Pepper but I am so curious to try out this recipe!! It looks amazing and it is so easy to make!! Wish me luck!!

  20. Ooh these look delicious!
    I use dr pepper to make my pulled pork I’m going to have to try these ribs next!

  21. sarah j jackson says:

    amazing ! looks tasty ! and so simple ! even I can do it lol

  22. While I am personally not a meat-eater, I do cook for them – and this really caught my eye. Cooking with soda? Huh! I would NEVER have thought of that :)

  23. These are definitely a must-try.

  24. Jo Ann Moffatt says:

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I have cooked several meals with Pepsi or Coke but I have never tried Dr. Pepper before.

  25. Crystal Englot says:

    2 of my favorite loves, baby back ribs and Dr.Pepper. Thanks for the great recipe now I know what I will be making for supper tonight!

  26. I love ribs and this sounds like a great recipe plus I love it when a recipe involves using my slow cooker as it is such a great way to make a meal.

  27. This looks delicious. I have an American friend who`s a Dr Pepper ADDICT. I`ll have to invite her over when I make these.

  28. Two of my favourite things, Dr. Pepper and my slow cooker! I’ll have to try this, I’m sure my family will like it.

  29. I can’t say I’ve ever tried cooking with Dr. Pepper — root beer however is quite good to cook with :D

  30. I actually had no idea that ribs could be done in a slow cooker! Will definitely be trying out this recipe soon :)

  31. Angela Mitchell says:

    I never would have thought of using Dr.Pepper in a recipe – will have to try it out!

  32. Cassie Fancy says:

    Sounds and looks delicious Thank you for the recipe

  33. Darlene Schuller says:

    I’ve used Coke, never Dr Pepper. This sounds simple and amazing! Thank you

  34. Gale McCarron says:

    This looks and sounds wonderful. Our family is a big lover of ribs and I’ve never tried cooking them with Dr Pepper. Thanks for the recipe!

  35. Deb Dorrington says:

    I’m not a fan of Dr. Pepper but your recipe looks and sounds so good that I just have to try it out. We all love ribs in this house!!

  36. Have always wanted to try this kind of slow cooker recipe. It sounds delicious!

  37. Christy Martin says:

    I have never tried ribs in a slow cooker and I might just have to give this recipe a try. I am hoping they are fall off the bone, as I tend to give up just after 2, due to dental work.

  38. Michelle armstrong says:

    Who knew you could use pop to cook with. Looks yummy

  39. looks scrumptious. the ribs looks good too.

  40. Viv Sluys says:

    I love ribs but I’m not sure I would be able to pour a can of pop on them! I like to do them on the grill but slow cooker does a great job too and it’s way more convenient!

  41. wow that looks so good to me I think i’ll try it

  42. I am really going to have to invest in a slow cooker not just for ribs but also stews and soups

  43. Anne Taylor says:

    My husband and I will definitely be trying these! What a unique recipe! Thanks

  44. Sharon Rooney says:

    These sound amazing. I’m going to try this recipe this week.

  45. Wanda Bergman says:

    My son would love these and so would I !! Dr Pepper is yummy and these ribs look scrumptious!

  46. Jen Conlin says:

    These look tasty! Unique with the Dr. Pepper. I will definitely have to give them a try. I am sure if the brewed knows it has Dr. Pepper they will devour them not to mention the fact that they are ribs. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to cooking up a batch.

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