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Root Beer Baby Back Ribs



Baby Back RIbs

Root Beer Baby Back Ribs

Sibby Barrett
This is a great master recipe for baby back ribs. Sauce and Spice Rub recipes are included. Add any sauce you like, but do try this Root Beer version, or sub in Dr. Pepper or Coke! I love this "Cowgirl" Spice Rub but use what you like.
Prep Time 1 day
Cook Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Course Main Course, pork
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings


Root Beer Sauce

  • 1 bottle root beer
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • zest of one lemon
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • zest of one orange
  • juice of one orange
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger or 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Baby Back Ribs

  • 2 racks baby back ribs
  • 1 recipe Root Beer Sauce or about 2 cups favorite sauce
  • 1/4 cup dry rub I use my "Cowgirl" blend, see below
  • salt and pepper


  • Prep Ribs
  • Sprinkle the ribs with salt and pepper and let stand at room temperature while making the sauce.

Make the Sauce

  • Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan.  Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.  Cook until reduced by a third, about 20 minutes.  
    Place the rib racks into large ziplock bags or in a shallow baking dish or sheet pan.  Divide sauce between the bags or pans. Refrigerate overnight or for at least a few hours.
    Preheat oven to 350°. Pull ribs out of bags or off of sheet pan, leaving sauce behind. Place onto 1 or 2 foil lined sheet pans or baking dishes.  
    Pour sauce from bags into a saucepan. Scoop out about ½ cup of the sauce into a large measuring cup and add 2 cups of water. Stir to blend. Set saucepan with remaining sauce aside.
    Pour watered down sauce all over, smearing to coat.  Sprinkle rub over all the ribs, getting it on both sides.  Cover the top of the sheet pan or baking dish with plastic wrap just to the rim and then cover that with foil, crimping tightly at the rim of the sheet pans.   Seal tightly. The plastic wrap behind the foil will help create a steamy situation for the ribs to cook and stay moist.  The foil will protect the plastic at this low temp.
    Bake ribs for about 2 hours or until very tender.  Remove from oven, uncover and cool for 30 minutes.   Simmer  sauce in saucepan until reduced to medium thickeness.  Preheat grill to medium high. Brush your hot grill grates to clean.  Brush ribs with sauce. You can cook as racks or cut apart in 2’s and 3’s. Grill for about 2-3 minutes per side or until beginning to crisp slightly.   Serve with remaining sauce.  


Here's my favorite rib rub!  Great for BBQ Chicken or on a steak!

Cowgirl Spice Mix

1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon ground coffee
1 tablespoon demerara sugar
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon cayenne
Mix spices together. Store covered in a dry place.
Keyword bbq, bbq sauce, ribs