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Easy Crockpot Ribs Coca-Cola

You’ve got to try this easy Crockpot ribs Coca Cola recipe with soda, beer or apple juice. Fall off the bone juicy ribs or make Slow Cooker Riblets with this sauce! Pork ribs in your slow cooker tastes amazing with no effort on your part. A little time in the oven with this dry rub makes them one of our favorite dinners.

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Let me share our recipe for easy crockpot ribs with you!  With a schedule like mine (and probably yours too) I love finding and sharing great kitchen “hacks”! A special thanks goes out to Fresh & Easy for sponsoring this post.  Here’s how you make one of our favorite crockpot recipes. (affiliate links present)

How to Cook Coca Cola Ribs in Crockpot

Ok…..I know I’m not the only one who is super busy! I’m always looking for a good kitchen “hack” that makes my life easier AND creates a meal that everyone loves. 3 ingredient recipes fall into those categories where I can literally throw both in together and enjoy once we’re back from our day. That is all you do.

If you love pork ribs I will show you a few tips on how to make Slow Cooker Country Style Ribs as tender as possible. The first tip is to use your slow cooker, that is right. With your favorite classic soda, beer or some apple juice inside they kinda’ boil all day long to break down the connective tissues, then you broil with sauce.

Let’s talk a little bit about slow cooking shall we?? First off I have a few different varieties and I love them all. Each one has an occasion to be used like….

  1. This is my favorite 6 quart programmable one with a locking lid so it’s great for bringing to a potluck too.
  2. I prefer not to use liners, but rather just spray olive oil inside before adding my food for easier cleanups.

Let me give you a peek of my pretty thang I bought recently. It goes with my kitchen so I can just leave it out on the countertop all the time. 😉

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Slow Cooker Ribs Beer

OMG I can taste these already and we haven’t even started. As with any of our other recipes there is room to tweak it here and there. You can use any liquid of your choice really. Beer works well like it does with our slow cooker corned beef and cabbage or Coca Cola soda adds flavor too.

If I do use juice I typically buy this variety because it’s super yummy and free of artificial colors and flavors. There’s an apple cider version you can find in the refrigerated section too. Both are good and work quite well for this recipe.

The cider style leaves more of an applewood flavor to the ribs. Either way though you can’t go wrong. So as you may have figured out, the key to this quick and easy meal is the apple juice. Simple kitchen “hack” right we use to make Slow Cooker Riblets sometimes too instead of water.

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How to Cook Slow Cooker Ribs and Potatoes

If you ask my kids what they’d choose for dinner, they’d say ribs all day long. Ok, and sushi. I know, totally odd for kids but what can I say…they have expensive and out of the box tastebuds. You could add whole medium Russet or red potatoes into the pot at the same time too though.

The first thing you’ll want to do is remove membrane from ribs so they’re as tender as possible. You MUST do this to make them ahhhmazing. This is the most important step you can do that will just take you about 5 minutes.

  • If you’ve never done this, try it this time. I guarantee from then on you will feel and taste the difference and it will be a GAME CHANGER!
  • Just trust me on this and Do It! 😉
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How Long to Cook Crock Pot Ribs

You really want a minimum of 6 hours, 8 is better to fall off the bone easily. Use whatever size fits the amount of food you want to make. It is easy to double and not really need to adjust the timing. There are only 4 of us left at home so one rack is plenty for dinner, with maybe leftovers for lunch the next day.

  • In the morning, just throw the ribs in your crockpot (I use the largest one I have, the 8.5 quart you can find here is the best)
  • Then pour apple juice or apple cider on top so that they are fully submerged into that liquid.
  • Cook ribs on low for 6-8 hours until you can tell they are fall apart tender.
    • Timing will vary depending on how much meat you put in, how thick they are, and what type of meat you use.
    • Keep in mind that pork ribs will always become more tender, quicker than beef will.
    • I only show 1 rack here but if you wanted to double the amount you could as long as your pot is large enough. You will just need more liquid so they’re all submerged.

This meal is a perfect kitchen “hack” if you work all day, the majority of the “cooking” is done while you’re away!

Easy Crockpot Ribs

Why we Love Pork Ribs in Slow Cooker

Ok so I guess you could use beef but I literally never buy that. There is SO much more meat on pork and it gets tender like nobody’s business. It’s beyond tender and really soaks up the sauce or seasonings in the pot all day. But as always go with what you love.

  • When you get home you’ll immediately smell the goodness!!
  • Just turn your slow cooker off, and carefully place the racks of ribs on a baking sheet.
    • Use tongs and grip as many as possible at a time because they will immediately fall apart as you move them…..yummmmm.
  • Use the seasonings we suggest below to make a dry rub to sprinkle on OR brush with barbecue sauce generously.
    • Another option is to keep it simple and lower carb, just sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake. Chili powder will add a bit of heat too.
  • I put them in the oven for just about 20 min. at 300, or under your broiler for 3-5 minutes. Just until they’re the desired crispness for you!

Enjoy!! I threw the bag of green beans in the microwave as our veggie (totally the way to go as they have already snipped the ends off and prepared them. All you do is pop them in and cook for 4 minutes. You can top the ribs off with BBQ sauce if you want.

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Slow Cooker Coke Ribs

You don’t have to buy the name brand either. Cola store brand cans or two liter bottle will do the same thing. We have used apple juice or apple cider but my friend swears by using orange soda instead, so just go with it really.

What kind of ribs are the meatiest?

  1. Country Style pork ribs are my all time favorite, more meat and very tender
  2. St. Louis isn’t my favorite
  3. Pork spare ribs
  4. Baby back beef or short ribs would be at the bottom of my list of choices personally
  5. We like to add barbecue sauce on top before crisping in the oven, grilling barbecue ribs or this is how to smoke ribs to get a crisp. Air fryer ribs does the trick for that too.
    • Brown sugar, garlic salt and salt if you want to make a dry rub

Baking sheet and small bowl of barbecue sauce if you want to crisp them up once they’re done

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I have a few other easy crockpot recipes as well once you’ve enjoyed our ribs:

I know, they look amazing right??!! Add more sauce at the end or enjoy as is with some corn on the cob and salad. If you need quicker cook times, try our tender Instant Pot teriyaki ribs recipe.

Below you can print recipe and see nutritional facts like saturated fat, etc.. Those will vary according to the weight of your meat and sauce you use though. Get ready for the most amazing fall apart tender meat ever.

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Easy Crockpot Ribs Coca Cola

Easy crockpot ribs Coca Cola recipe that turns out amazing and is simple to do! These come out super tender cooked all day, then crisped in the oven at the end with a great rub on top.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword baked, crockpot, easy, ribs, slow cooker
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours 20 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 40 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 324kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • 1 rack pork ribs
  • 6 c apple juice approx., enough to submerge, or use Coca Cola as the liquid
  • 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp salt depending on taste, adjust
  • 1 tsp garlic salt


  • Put rack of ribs in large slow cooker. (we remove the membrane first to make them even more tender but that is up to you). If a large rack, cut into 4 – 6 ribs each and stack inside.
  • Add enough apple juice so the ribs are as submerged as possible. Put on low and cook for 6-8 hours. 
  • Carefully take out (they will be ready to fall apart) and lay on cookie sheet. Brush barbecue sauce over the top. Put in oven at 300 degrees for about 20 minutes or broiled for a few minutes until the top turns lightly crisp/browned and caramelized on top of ribs.
  • *** If you choose to make our dry rub above combine your brown sugar, salt and garlic salt in a bowl and spread evenly on top of your ribs, pat down….then put them in the oven or under your broiler for 3-5 minutes to crisp up. Alternatively you can just brown on bbq sauce before crisping up.


Nutrition Facts
Easy Crockpot Ribs Coca Cola
Amount Per Serving (8 oz)
Calories 324 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 83mg28%
Sodium 1242mg54%
Potassium 554mg16%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 10IU0%
Vitamin C 1.7mg2%
Calcium 45mg5%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Easy Peasy and so Fresh & Easy. 😉 Tell me your secrets…….come on, you know you have a kitchen “hack” too. Please share below, this busy Mama wants to know!

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Tuesday 12th of March 2024

This was the first time I made ribs in a crock pot and they came out so tender. I LOVE that this is a great alternative to grilling when the weather is colder.


Tuesday 12th of March 2024

I love how easy these delicious and incredibly tender ribs are to make. Perfect for any day of the week.


Tuesday 12th of March 2024

These ribs came out so moist and tender! And the Cola added that slight sweetness that was perfect for this meat!


Wednesday 24th of January 2024

I made these with apple juice and they came out so good! Every finger licking bite.


Wednesday 24th of January 2024

Your Crockpot Ribs recipe was a real hit in my kitchen! The simplicity of the cooking process, combined with the unique flavor that Coca Cola adds, made this dish an unexpected delight. It's great to find recipes like this that offer a delicious twist on a classic without needing a ton of effort. Thanks for sharing such a creative and tasty approach to ribs!

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