Cola Barbecue Ribs Recipe
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Cola Barbecue Ribs Recipe

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Enjoy the smoky goodness of a summer barbecue all year long by preparing these moist and tender ribs, inclement weather or not. —Karen Shuck, Edgar, Nebraska
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 9 hours
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 9 hours
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons liquid smoke, optional
  • 4 pounds pork spareribs, cut into serving-size pieces
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup cola
  • 1-1/2 cups barbecue sauce

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 999 calories, 66g fat (24g saturated fat), 255mg cholesterol, 1650mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 2g fiber), 64g protein


  1. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, garlic, salt, pepper and, if desired, liquid smoke; rub over ribs.
  2. Layer ribs and onion in a greased 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker; pour cola over ribs. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until ribs are tender. Drain liquid. Pour sauce over ribs and cook 1 hour longer. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Cola Barbecue Ribs in Country Woman February/March 2011, p37

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Reviewed Jun. 15, 2016

"Fall off the bone delicious!! This one is a keeper and I will be making it again for sure!!"

Reviewed Jan. 28, 2016

"Simply Yummy! A keeper for sure."

Reviewed Aug. 6, 2014

"Will try using boneless ribs next time. Flavor is great!"

Reviewed Sep. 3, 2013

"easy to make great flavor"

Reviewed Aug. 7, 2013

"I can't see someone eating a pound of spareribs so I cut the servings in half so I'm thinking there are 8 servings in this recipe.

I used the calculator at and came up with the following: 775 Calories, 30 g Carbs, 54 g Fat, 39 g Protein, 953 mg Sodium, 27 g Sugar. Now, before you freak out, please keep in mind that this INCLUDES you snarfing down all the sauce that comes with your serving of ribs. If you just have the ribs and don't guzzle down your serving of sauce, the calorie count probably goes down by 100-150 calories, and nevermind how much fat, sodium, sugars and carbs you cut back on by not guzzling down the sauce."

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