Dr Pepper Ribs

Elevate your barbecue game with the tantalizing flavors of Dr Pepper Ribs, a delectable dish that combines tender pork ribs with the sweet and savory essence of Dr Pepper soda. Slow-cooked to perfection in a blend of aromatic spices and Dr Pepper, these ribs are then finished off with a mouthwatering BBQ glaze that adds a tangy kick to every bite. Whether you’re hosting a backyard cookout or simply craving a delicious meal, these Dr Pepper Ribs are sure to impress your guests and tantalize your taste buds.


  • 4.5 lbs country-style pork ribs
  • 2 12 oz cans Dr. Pepper soda, divided
  • ¾ cup BBQ sauce
  • 2 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper


  1. Prepare the Ribs in the Slow Cooker: Place the country-style pork ribs in a slow cooker and pour one can of Dr Pepper soda over them. Cover and cook on low for approximately 7 hours or on high for about 4 hours, until the ribs are tender and succulent.
  2. Preheat the Oven: As the ribs near the end of their slow cooking time, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with foil and place a wire rack on top.
  3. Prepare the BBQ Glaze: In a small bowl, combine the BBQ sauce, liquid smoke, garlic powder, ground black pepper, and the remaining ½ cup of Dr Pepper soda. Stir well to incorporate all the ingredients.
  4. Transfer the Ribs to the Oven: Carefully transfer the cooked ribs from the slow cooker to the wire rack on the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Brush with BBQ Glaze: Generously brush the ribs with the prepared BBQ glaze, ensuring that they are evenly coated on all sides.
  6. Bake the Ribs: Place the ribs in the preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes. After the initial baking time, flip the ribs over, brush with additional BBQ glaze, and bake for another 15 minutes, or until the ribs are caramelized and glazed to perfection.
  7. Serve and Enjoy: Once cooked, remove the ribs from the oven and serve them hot, with any remaining BBQ sauce on the side for dipping.

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Serving and Storage Tips:

  1. Serve Hot Off the Grill: Dr Pepper Ribs are best enjoyed hot off the grill or fresh out of the oven. The tender meat and flavorful glaze are at their peak when served immediately after cooking.
  2. Garnish for Presentation: Enhance the presentation of your Dr Pepper Ribs by garnishing them with freshly chopped parsley, green onions, or a sprinkle of sesame seeds before serving. Not only does this add visual appeal, but it also adds a pop of flavor and freshness.
  3. Pair with Classic BBQ Sides: Serve your Dr Pepper Ribs alongside classic barbecue side dishes such as coleslaw, baked beans, cornbread, or potato salad for a complete and satisfying meal. The combination of savory ribs and traditional sides is sure to please any crowd.
  4. Provide Extra BBQ Sauce: Set out additional BBQ sauce on the side for dipping or drizzling over the ribs. This allows guests to customize the level of sauciness according to their preference and ensures that everyone can enjoy the ribs just the way they like them.
  5. Store Leftovers Properly: If you have leftover Dr Pepper Ribs, allow them to cool to room temperature before transferring them to an airtight container or wrapping them tightly in aluminum foil. Store them in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days to maintain their freshness.
  6. Reheat with Care: When reheating leftover ribs, do so gently to prevent them from drying out. Place them in a baking dish, cover with foil, and reheat in a preheated oven at 300 degrees F (150 degrees C) until warmed through. Alternatively, you can reheat individual portions in the microwave on a low setting, checking frequently to avoid overheating.
  7. Transform Leftovers into New Dishes: Get creative with leftover Dr Pepper Ribs by using the meat to make sandwiches, wraps, tacos, or salads. Shred the meat and incorporate it into your favorite recipes for a delicious twist on classic dishes.
  8. Freeze for Future Enjoyment: If you’re not able to consume the leftovers within a few days, consider freezing them for later enjoyment. Wrap the ribs tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place them in a freezer-safe container. They can be stored in the freezer for up to 2-3 months.
  9. Thaw Safely: When ready to enjoy frozen ribs, thaw them in the refrigerator overnight or defrost them in the microwave using the defrost setting. Avoid thawing at room temperature, as this can lead to uneven thawing and potential food safety concerns.
  10. Enjoy in Different Ways: Don’t limit yourself to enjoying Dr Pepper Ribs on their own. Use leftover ribs to make sliders, quesadillas, nachos, or pizza toppings for creative and delicious meal options that the whole family will love.

By following these serving and storage tips, you can ensure that your Dr Pepper Ribs remain flavorful, tender, and enjoyable from the first bite to the last, whether served fresh off the grill or enjoyed as leftovers in a variety of tasty dishes.


  1. Spicy Dr Pepper Ribs: Add a kick to your ribs by incorporating spicy elements such as cayenne pepper, chili powder, or hot sauce into the BBQ glaze. Adjust the amount of spice according to your taste preferences for a fiery twist on this classic dish.
  2. Honey Glazed Dr Pepper Ribs: Infuse your ribs with a touch of sweetness by adding honey to the BBQ glaze mixture. The combination of honey and Dr Pepper creates a deliciously sticky glaze that caramelizes beautifully on the ribs during cooking.
  3. Smoked Dr Pepper Ribs: Enhance the smoky flavor of your ribs by cooking them on a smoker instead of in the oven. Use wood chips such as hickory, apple, or mesquite to impart a rich, smoky flavor that pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the Dr Pepper.
  4. Asian-Inspired Dr Pepper Ribs: Give your ribs an Asian flair by adding ingredients like soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and sesame oil to the BBQ glaze. Finish with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and chopped green onions for a flavorful twist that’s sure to impress.
  5. Chipotle Lime Dr Pepper Ribs: Add a zesty and tangy flavor to your ribs by incorporating chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and fresh lime juice into the BBQ glaze. The smoky heat of the chipotle peppers pairs perfectly with the citrusy brightness of the lime for a tantalizing taste experience.
  6. Apple Cider Dr Pepper Ribs: Replace Dr Pepper soda with apple cider for a seasonal twist on this recipe. The natural sweetness of apple cider complements the pork ribs beautifully and adds a subtle apple flavor to the dish.
  7. Maple Bourbon Dr Pepper Ribs: Elevate your ribs with a touch of sophistication by adding maple syrup and bourbon to the BBQ glaze. The combination of sweet maple and rich bourbon adds depth of flavor and complexity to the dish, creating a gourmet experience.
  8. Pineapple Teriyaki Dr Pepper Ribs: Combine pineapple juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, and ginger to create a teriyaki-inspired glaze for your ribs. The sweet and savory flavors of the glaze pair perfectly with the Dr Pepper, creating a harmonious blend of flavors.
  9. Coffee Rubbed Dr Pepper Ribs: Rub the ribs with a mixture of ground coffee, brown sugar, paprika, and other spices before cooking for a unique flavor profile. The rich, earthy notes of the coffee complement the sweetness of the Dr Pepper for a bold and flavorful dish.
  10. Citrus Herb Dr Pepper Ribs: Infuse your ribs with bright, citrusy flavors by adding lemon or orange zest, fresh herbs such as thyme or rosemary, and garlic to the BBQ glaze. The aromatic herbs and citrus zest add freshness and complexity to the dish, creating a memorable dining experience.

Experiment with these flavorful variations to customize your Dr Pepper Ribs and discover new and exciting taste sensations that will delight your taste buds and impress your guests at your next barbecue gathering.


  1. Can I use boneless ribs instead of country-style pork ribs for this recipe?
    • Yes, you can use boneless ribs if preferred. However, cooking times may vary, so adjust accordingly to ensure the ribs reach the desired level of tenderness.
  2. Is it necessary to use Dr Pepper soda, or can I substitute it with another soda?
    • Dr Pepper soda provides a unique flavor profile to the ribs, but you can experiment with other sodas such as cola or root beer for different flavor variations.

With their tender texture, irresistible flavor, and tantalizing BBQ glaze, these Dr Pepper Ribs are a true crowd-pleaser that will take your barbecue feast to the next level. Whether enjoyed at a summertime cookout, a family gathering, or simply as a special treat, these ribs are guaranteed to be a hit with everyone lucky enough to taste them. So fire up the grill, gather your ingredients, and get ready to savor the mouthwatering goodness of Dr Pepper Ribs!