Adam's Ribs

"Different, unusual way to prepare ribs. The soda pop tenderizes the meat. Untried recipe but they sound so good I just had to post them!"
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Ready In:
2hrs 5mins




  • Place ribs in large stock pot and pour Dr. Pepper over ribs to cover.
  • Add garlic, liquid smoke and onion.
  • Bring to a boil, lower to simmer and cook until ribs are tender.
  • Place ribs in baking pan and pour BBQ sauce over ribs.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 to 45 minutes.
  • Or they can be put on BBQ grill.

Questions & Replies

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  1. BETH C.
    Sounds like these might be great in a crock pot. Has anyone tried it? How long? How much Dr. Pepper? Thks.
  2. Paula N.
    The soda is more of a tenderizer than a flavor. I made this with boneless country style ribs. Mine tasted more bbq sauce and smoky than like soda. I never tried liquid smoke before this recipe but I'll definitely use it in the future.
  3. Cindy B.
    Can this be done in the crock pot?
  4. Ngb730
    Generally how long do the country style ribs need to simmer in Dr Pepper to become tender?
  5. cheryl c.
    I don't drink pop and am not a sugar lover. Are these sticky sweet or do they mellow out with cooking?


  1. Scott Keith
    I've tried several recipes from Recipezaar for all sorts of dishes. Some great, some so-so, and some not to my tastes. This recipe inspired me to rate it and add comments. It was soooooooooooo good. The meat was not dry andwas very fork tender. I cooked them in the Dr. Pepper about 1 hour and 20 min before the oven part. I found a really good bbq sauce last month called Sweet Baby Ray's which is what I used. It's bottled sauce I got at Kroger. This is the 6th time I've used this sauce. I love it. They got a website in case anyone is curious : No I don't work for them but think it goes well with this OUTSTANDING recipe. Thank you sooooo much JoAnn for posting it. I highly reccomend this recipe.
  2. cyn44116
    I have been searching for the ultimate bbq rib recipe, and this is it!!!!! my family did a taste test and this was the undisputed winner! I cooked as directed and grilled these ribs with open pit! awesome!!!!
  3. KeyWee
    I hesitate to try any new rib recipe as my husband is extremely finicky when it comes to his ribs! Well, these met with his seal of approval, so thank you so much for posting. I followed the recipe exactly, except to use two racks of baby back pork ribs that I had on hand. Tender, moist, flavorful and delicious!
  4. Kikimony
    Let me start by saying I don't like Dr. Pepper. I was skeptical about this but decided to give it a try. WOW!!! MARVELOUS!!! I used a 2-liter for 4 1/2 pounds of pork country style ribs (with bone) and was amazed at how wonderful they were!!! My DH and BIL raved about them, and so did I!
  5. John K.
    Boiling ribs? Shameful! Next thing someone will write is they’re boiling their Turkey to speed up the process and make it tender! If you’re not going to smoke them outside, put a dry rub on the ribs. Lay them out on a rimmed sheet pan. Cover with plastic wrap ( no, it won’t melt), then Tightly cover with foil. Place in 235 degree oven for 4.5 hours. Carefully remove, peel back one corner of foil and plastic wrap ( be careful of the steam) drain the liquid then unwrap completely. Brush liberally with your favorite BBQ sauce once and wait 15-20 minutes for it to absorb into the meat. Then, I like to brush on Mae Ploy brand Sweet Chile Sauce (or more BBQ success) and place the sheet pan under a hot broiler for 2-3 minutes or until the sauce starts to bubble, to let the sugars caramelize. Remove, cut and enjoy!!


  1. jeffm
    This might work out really well in an InstantPot. I would season the ribs generously with your favorite rub, let them sit for an hour or so, then put them in the InstantPot with the liquid smoke and enough coke or Dr. Pepper to cover them about half way (don't cover them). Set the timer to 25 minutes on high pressure and let them natural release for 10 minutes. Finish off on the grill till nicely browned.
  2. Chef Irene Intl Cui
    These were the best ribs I've ever had! The only change I made was using baby back ribs instead of country style. Yummo! Someone mentioned that the ribs do not look very appetizing when boiling in the cola - I agree. But the end product is fantastic! We cannot wait to have these ribs again. Thanks for sharing your recipe!
  3. Matt S.
    Use brown sugar in liquid
  4. WokRokr
    I'm a BIG Rib fan. I'm also lookin for new ways to make 'em. I decided to give this recipe a go. I'm glad I did! These ribs were tender, moist, and simply outstanding!.. I used Coke in place of the Dr. Pepper, Simmered for @ 1 hour, then put on the grill with some heavy hickory smoke(wood chips), then finished them off with some "Sweet Baby Rays" They were great. thx for sharing


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