Grilled Slow Cooker Ribs

Discover two secrets to great-tasting and easy-to-make ribs--the slow cooker and the grill.


6 servings


3 1/2 pounds pork loin back ribs
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons liquid smoke
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 medium onion, sliced
1/2 cup cola
1 1/2 cups barbecue sauce


Spray inside of 4- to 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray.

Remove inner skin from ribs. Mix brown sugar, salt, pepper, liquid smoke and garlic; rub mixture into ribs. Cut ribs into 4-inch pieces. Layer ribs and onion in slow cooker. Pour cola over ribs.

Cover and cook on low heat setting 8 to 9 hours or until tender. Remove ribs from slow cooker. Drain and discard liquid.

Heat coals or gas grill. Place ribs on grill. Brush with barbecue sauce. Cover and grill 4 to 6 inches from medium heat 15 minutes.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 9 hours
Grill Time: 15 minutes

Additional Information

Serve the ribs with coleslaw and crusty bread.

Cola adds a wonderful sweetness to the ribs, but you can use water for the cola.

Spray the inside of the slow cooker with cooking spray to make cleanup a snap.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving: Calories 590 (Calories from Fat 360), Total Fat 40 g (Saturated Fat 14 g), Cholesterol 155 mg; Sodium 1030 mg; Total Carbohydrate 21 g (Dietary Fiber 1 g), Protein 38 g; Exchanges: 1 Starch; 1 Vegetable; 5 High-Fat Meat;

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