If you’ve been following my page, then you know that I love BBQ! However, I’ve shared recipes for BBQ in the past because BBQ sauce is usually not keto-friendly and I don’t have a grill. This means that I’ve had to make BBQ dishes like these in a slow cooker. I’m updating this recipe for Keto Slow Cooker Cola BBQ Ribs to add directions for how to make these using the 360 Cookware Slow Cooker Base (one of my new kitchen favorites) and to include a keto-friendly option for Cola (an ingredient that I love in slow-cooked ribs).
What are some keto-friendly BBQ sauce options?
Right now, there are two keto-friendly BBQ sauce options that I enjoy. The first is AlternaSweets’ Sweet & Smokey BBQ sauce. The second is G. Hughes Sugar-Free Hickory. Either of these would be a good option for these Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs. The main difference between the two is how they are sweetened. AlternaSweets uses Stevia and G.Hughes uses Sucralose.
What are good side dishes for Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs?
If you’re being traditional, then you can pair this with my cauliflower n’ cheese bake and a sauteed leafy green like Kale or Collard Greens. You might also want to make this easy and pair it with a salad. If you do, then I’d recommend topping your salad with my Quick Creamy Caesar Dressing.
How is using the 360 Cookware Slow Cooker Base different from a Slow Cooker?
There are two primary differences between making these Keto Slow Cooker Cola BBQ Ribs in a traditional slow cooker and making them on the 360 Cookware Slow Cooker Base. Those differences are being able to use one pot for browning the meat and slow cooking and being able to use less liquid to get a tender result.
One Pot Browning
There’s a bit of a debate about whether you should brown your meat before putting it into a slow cooker, but I’m a believer in taking the time to brown the meat. For me, this step intensifies the meaty flavor but also renders some of the fat. Typically, browning the meat means adding an extra pot. The 360 Cookware Slow Cooker Base turns your pot into a slow cooker. So, you simply brown the meat then use that same pot for the slow cooking process.
Less Liquid, More Tender
360 Cookware relies on vapor (or waterless cooking) technology. As a result, you can use less liquid when cooking to achieve more tender results. In this recipe, you use half of the liquid that you would in a traditional slow cooker. This means that if you are making these in a traditional slow cooker, then you need to double the liquid.
What is a keto-friendly replacement for Coca-Cola?
One of my favorite ways to make ribs is using Coca-Cola soda. I got this tip a long time ago from a BBQ competition team and have used their tip since. After starting keto, soda was not an option so I substituted it with chicken broth. Enter Zevia Sugar-free, All Natural Soda. Zevia’s Cola works perfectly in this recipe! I get a variety pack of Zevia each month from Amazon, but you could also get a 6-pack from some markets, like Whole Foods.
- MAY BE NECESSARY: Remove the thin membrane (if it's there) from the back of the rib racks (The tutorial I always use can be found here). I've found that the ribs that I get from Trader Joes do not have it attached.
- Sprinkle spicy dry rub on the ribs. Allow the ribs to marinate overnight
- The next day: heat the 4 QT Stainless Steel Stockpot to medium heat
- Add the sliced onions to the pan, followed by the ribs
- Optional: Brown the ribs
- Add the Zevia and the bbq sauce to the stockpot. Use a tong to incorporate.
- Add the lid to the stockpot and set it on the Slow Cooker Base.
- Turn the Slow Cooker Base to 3 and cook for 4-5 hours
- Optional: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Pour additional BBQ sauce on the ribs and bake for 5 minutes. This step allows the rib tops and edges to char!
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