If I learned anything growing up on a ranch, it’s that every good meal revolves around a good piece of meat. Since it’s Father’s Day weekend, I decided to do something special in the kitchen this weekend that would make my dad proud. While I’m not with my dad for Father’s Day, I figured I could still get away with teasing him with pictures of some Country Style Dr. Pepper Pork Ribs.
Now, I know there are people who are into the vegetarian style diets. I know there are people who rave about “Meatless Mondays.” Let me set the record straight here, I am NOT one of those people! Now, I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with being strictly veggie, I just prefer meat with every meal. It’s how I grew up!
Around the internet, I’ve often heard of using Coca-Cola in ribs. Dr. Pepper is my vice, however, so I figured, why the heck not!? I pulled out my slow-cooker and got straight to work.
Here’s what I did:
[recipe title=”Country Style Dr. Pepper Pork Ribs” servings=”varies” time=”4.5 hours” difficulty=”easy”]
1 package Country Style Pork Ribs (I used boneless)
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Onion Powder
1/2 tsp Paprika
2 tsp Seasoned Salt (I swear by Lawry’s!)
Black Pepper to taste
12 0z can Dr Pepper
Take a mix of brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, Lawry’s seasoned salt, and black pepper. Combine in a flat bowl or plate.
Take each rib and coat in the rub.
Stack ribs around the outside of the slow-cooker. Pour the can of Dr. Pepper in the center.
Cover and run on low for 4 hours.
After cooking for 4 hours, remove the excess liquid.
Place ribs back in the slow-cooker, adding BBQ sauce on top of each layer.
Cook for another 30 minutes.
And there you have it! A gorgeous recipe ready in just a few hours. Of course, if Dr. Pepper doesn’t float your boat, go ahead and replace with any dark soda – Coke, Pepsi, Root Beer.
Kids (or you) don’t like BBQ sauce? No problem! The rub mixture combined with the can of soda provide so much flavor, you could definitely eat these things dry or with some pork gravy.
Have you ever cooked ribs in the slow-cooker? What’s your go-to brand of BBQ sauce?
Until next time,
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