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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dublinlab User ID: 1682119 250337
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2016

"Delicious, I omitted the brown sugar, glad l did and no smoke. I tilted the crock pot lid for the last hour to allow the liquid to steam odd, drippings equal flavour l feel. I turned the ribs all meat side up and drizzled with the bbq sauce and replaced the lid for an hour. Fall off the bones, tender and tasty. I pulled the leftovers off the boat to have pulled pork on the bun in a coup,e of days. L would make this again. Janet. VFE"

tamarapearson User ID: 3272516 250282
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2016

"Fall off the bone delicious ribs. Instead of doing the last hour in the slow cooker, we finished them up on the grill and they were perfect. We will definitely be making these again."

tlbdlb4evr User ID: 4229718 249471
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2016

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

hotfudgesundae User ID: 3463962 242784
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2016

"Simply Yummy! A keeper for sure."

ivorykeys User ID: 7909575 149914
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2014

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

captgeo5 User ID: 6856757 178514
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2013

"easy to make great flavor"

Labellelle User ID: 4005947 194685
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."

GoldieBell48 User ID: 7051388 193879
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2013

"Delicious BBQ, tender meat. Boneless ribs were used for this recipe which cut down cooking time by 2 hours. Pleased my fussy eater, who asked for seconds."

baker53916 User ID: 7249815 178513
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2013

"have not tried looks like a delicious no fail recipe"

snicknreese User ID: 5726087 116159
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2013

"I enjoyed this recipe for years now. I would suggest making 1 change to the ingredients-- use equal amts of KETCHUP to cola instead of the bar-b-q sauce. I also don't use the garlic, but it's a preference of mine since I don't like the strong taste it leaves. You can pour over ribs and bake 2 1/2 hrs on 350 deg. instead of grilling with it too. Great taste!"

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