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Soda Pop Ribs

Whether you make these soda pop ribs in the oven, slow cooker or Instant Pot, they’ll beg for seconds.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Main, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baby back ribs, crockpot recipes, Instant Pot recipes, rib recipes, slow cooker recipes, soda pop ribs
Servings: 4
Calories: 686kcal


  • 3 lbs baby back ribs (2 racks, or 3 racks if you're serving 6 people)
  • 2 cups root beer
  • 1 cups cola

BBQ Sauce:

  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 2 tbs spicy brown mustard
  • 2 tbs dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbs cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup root beer
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes


  • Remove membrane on bone side of ribs.
  • Place ribs in Instant Pot (or any electric pressure cooker). Add the cola and root beer. Seal and cook on regular pressure for 15 minutes (on Instant Pot this is manual at normal pressure. On any other pot it’s 10 psi).
  • Let pressure drop normally for 5 minutes, then release the pressure by opening the valve.
  • While ribs are cooking, place all the sauce ingredients in a small saucepan and boil for about 5 minutes or until it’s reduced by about 25%
  • Put the cooked ribs (you can cut them in portions if you like) on a large baking sheet. Smother them with the sauce then pop them under a preheated broiler (about 3-4-inches from heat) for 5 minutes or until the sauce caramelizes.
  • Serve immediately.


To Use Prepared BBQ Sauce--Mix 1/4 cup of root beer with 1 1/2 cups prepared BBQ sauce in a small saucepan. Simmer over medium heat until it's reduced by 25%
Slow Cooker Method--place ribs in the slow cooker pour the amounts of root beer & cola called for in the main recipe. Cook on low about 5-6 hours, high 3-5 hours (times approximate) Continue as with main recipe.
Oven Method--marinate ribs in amounts of cola & root beer specified in main recipe for at least 8 hours. Preheat oven to 325℉. Place ribs on rack and roast for 2 hours approximately. Continue as in main recipe.


Serving: 0.5rack | Calories: 686kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 148mg | Sodium: 1110mg | Potassium: 823mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 510IU | Vitamin C: 3.7mg | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 2.2mg