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Crock Pot Coca-Cola Baby Back Ribs

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When making ribs, I have to get the seal of approval from my husband as it is his favorite dish. There are 2 ways you can make Crock Pot Coca-Cola Baby Back Ribs and both versions are a hit in our household. I mean you really can’t go wrong either way as the crock pot does all or most of the work for you. It just depends on how you like your ribs either caramelized or not and how much time you have to prepare them.  And either way has the meat fallen off the bone and melt in your mouth. Yum! Yum!


Crock Pot Coca-Cola Baby Back Ribs


  • 1 Rack of Pork Baby Back Ribs
  • 12 oz. Coca-Cola
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 18 oz.Bottle of Barbecue Sauce
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste



  1. Spray the inside of the crock pot with non-stick spray or use a liner.
  2. In a bowl add brown sugar, salt and pepper and mix together. Season ribs on both sides with mixture.
  3. Wrap ribs around the inside of the crock pot.
  4. Mix BBQ sauce and Coke together in a bowl.
  5. Pour BBQ sauce and Coke mixture over ribs and cook on low for 8-10 hours.


If you like your ribs to be more caramelized you can follow these instructions.

  1. Spray the inside of the crock pot with non-stick spray or use a liner.
  2. Season the ribs to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Wrap ribs around the inside of the crock pot.
  4. Pour Coke over ribs and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  5. Carefully transfer the ribs to an oven safe pan lined with aluminum foil.
  6. Brush BBQ sauce over the ribs using a basting brush and put under broiler until they become caramelized. (Be sure to keep checking it as it doesn’t take long to do)
  7. Remove and Enjoy some fall off the bone delicious ribs!




    • Alison Reply

      Good News, Deborah! We are now print friendly. Just click on the “print friendly” green icon at the end of the recipes. You can choose how you want to print it out such as deleting any text or pictures you want and don’t want. Thanks so much for bringing this to our attention and apologize for the inconvenience it caused.

    • My personal favorite for sweet ribs is Sweet Baby Ray’s. If you like more of a bite to it, Jack Daniel’s BBQ Sauce (spicy). They’re both excellent! ?

  1. Do they go in oven for 8-10 or on hob? And when do you use the sugar?

  2. Hey Alison! Trying to figure out when to use the brown sugar?? Don’t see that step in either sets of directions. Thanks!

  3. Sue Stoffers Reply

    Personally I would mix the brown sugar with the other sauce ingredients. But really it shouldn’t matter whether you do it that way or just put the brown sugar on the meat. After cooking 8-10 hours it should all come together anyway.

  4. I made these over the weekend, and they were good, but it didn’t take ANYWHERE near the 8-10 hours in the crockpot on low. (I made two batches, each in it’s own crockpot). Both crocks had them cooked and ready in 4.5 hours! I’m so glad I checked mid-stream, or those poor ribs would have been dry as dust.

    • Patricia,
      The reason your ribs were done in half the time is because you used actual Baby Back Ribs and a 12 oz. Coca-Cola. In the pix posted for each step, one can clearly see that a 2 ltr. Bottle Coca-Cola was used for Original Pork Back Ribs, NOT Baby Back and why the cook time was twice as long. Regular Pork Back Ribs take twice as long to cook because the meat is thicker, less tender and the actual bones are harder than Baby Back Ribs. The brown sugar should have been mixed with the bbq sauce before adding the Coca-Cola.
      The Sodium Bicarbonate & The Effervescence of the Carbon Dioxide in the Coca-Cola is what tenderizes the meat and pulls the natural juices from the bone marrow i to the meat.
      The Caramel in the Coca-Cola and the Brown Sugar in the sauce mixture is what brings out the caramelization when broiling

  5. I know where to find brown sugar in the grocery store. I also see it in your picture and see it listed in the ingredients. I CANNOT find it in either of your listed instructions. I am assuming this is what others are referring to also.

  6. I’m confused! The recipe is called baby back ribs, it calls for baby back ribs, but Trisha wrote its Original Pork back ribs…which is it?

    • Mary Dodge Reply

      I agree with you. This is the most screwed up recipe I have ever read. The directions are not complete, i.e. brown sugar, and then the cooking time doesn’t match ingedients list. Yes, I could figure this out because I have cooked for over 58 yrs. but a lot of people don’t have that experience.

  7. Susan Neff Reply

    Simple mix everything together then pour over! Pretty Simple. Just made it…….

    • Alison Reply

      Jennifer try it again. It seems to be working now. Sorry about that.

  8. I will try this tomorrow with bone in pork chops… I will let y’all know the verdict…

    • Alison, I am by no means trying to alter your recipe… it is just the only thing close I have is chops… it just sounded so good…

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