Slow Cooker Farmer Style Ribs

I love ribs, and while these ribs are a bit different than your traditional baby backs ribs they are just as good and so much meatier!

There is no real secret to these ribs- they turn out good every.single.time. You cannot screw them up and the flavor is out of this world. Perfect for a main dish (duh) or I like to serve them as a side at a BBQ for another option!

Farmer style ribs are also called country style ribs and are cut from the shoulder. Once you cook them you get a lot of tender meat. This cut of meat has marbling which gives it amazing flavor! The best news-they are a cheap cut of meat! You can bake, broil, boil, grill or slow cook these ribs and they are delicious no matter how you chose to cook them!

For these slow cooker ribs, all you need is some Dr. Pepper, Coca-Cola or Root Beer, your favorite BBQ sauce and of course the ribs! You will dump the ribs in the slow cooker, add your sweet soda of choice and let them cook in low for 8 hours or on high for half the time.

For the soda options, I usually use Dr. Pepper. It has the perfect touch of sweetness. Coke is my next choice and Root Beer is last on my list because it is very sweet- but pretty darn delicious and we all still eat every single drop. Stay away from Diet drinks (sorry Diet Coke) because they are just not sweet enough.

After the ribs have cooked, you will pour out almost all of the soda, leaving about a cup in there (not need to be exact- just leave a little bit). Then add in your favorite BBQ sauce. If I am not making my own BBQ Sauce, I love Famous Dave’s Sweet and Sassy BBQ Sauce. Mix up the BBQ sauce the best you can with the soda, and make sure the ribs are covered. Let the ribs cook an additional 15-20 minutes or until the BBQ sauce is heated throughout.

We love to eat ours with loaded baked potatoes and a side salad.

Hope you enjoy!

Slow Cooker Farmer Style Ribs

This Farmer Style Ribs (Country Style Ribs) are delicious and easy! Smothered in BBQ Sauce they are tender and full of flavor!
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  • 3 -3 1/2 lbs. farmer style ribs (country style ribs)
  • 2 cans Dr. Pepper, Coca-Cola or Root Beer
  • BBQ Sauce – use your favorite


  • Place ribs in slow cooker and pour soda of your choice over the meat, making sure it is mostly covered. If you are using a smaller slow cooker you may not need all of the soda.
  • Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.
  • At the end of cooking, pour out most of the soda (leaving just a little bit in the bottom of the slow cooker) and add in half of your bottle of BBQ sauce or more as desired. Let the ribs cook for an additional 15-20 minutes or until the BBQ sauce is heated through.
  • You can add more BBQ sauce as needed to each serving if desired.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated and should only be used as an approximation.

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