Dr Pepper Barbecue Ribs are slow smoked and slathered in my famous Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce for the most flavorful and delicious baby back ribs ever. Add these to your next cookout menu.
Ribs are one of the most popular meats for for summer cookouts. Our Smoked Spare Ribs were such a hit that we decided we had better try out some baby back ribs, smoked and slathered in good ol’ Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce.
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Dr Pepper Barbecue Ribs
Summer time is grilling time and I’ve got a super easy baby back rib recipe for you that is a total show stopper for any cookout.
We have had 108 heat index this week in Oklahoma and there’s no way I’m turning on the cook stove! Grilling is the answer. Not that we don’t sweat our you-know-whats off in the process but at least the house stays cool!
I have to say that ribs have never really been my favorite. I have recently come to realize that I just never had them cooked right! Because Holy Moly, these ribs are crazy good!
How to Cook Dr Pepper Barbecue Ribs:
- Season meaty side of ribs with salt, pepper and garlic.
- Heat grill to 250 degrees with hickory grilling wood for that perfect smoke flavor.
- Place ribs on the grill over indirect heat.
- Smoke for 45 minutes, monitoring the heat of the grill, maintaining the heat around 250 degrees.
- Baste with barbecue sauce every 15 minutes until ribs are cooked through and reach a temperature of 175 degrees.
- Remove from grill and allow to rest 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
You can also bake them in the oven if grilling is not an option. Follow the same cooking time and temperature for the oven. You will miss out on the smoky goodness if you choose to bake them, grilling is best.
Many moons ago I had my own barbecue sauce business and ever since then, I just love experimenting with new varieties. My Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce is our standby and it’s just the ticket for summer grilling.
What you will need for the Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce:
- Dr. Pepper
- brown sugar
- Worcestershire Sauce
- liquid smoke
- coarse salt
- chili powder
- granulated garlic
Get the full printable recipe and instructions: Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce recipe or if you like the spicy sauce try this Jalapeno Barbecue Sauce and if you like a thicker, hearty sauce try our Homemade Barbecue Sauce.
I was very pleased with how tender these ribs were and with hickory smoke and the stick sweet barbecue sauce, it was over the top amazing.
Cooking the ribs slowly, over indirect heat with the hickory really gives them a lot of flavor and they do not dry out. A definite favorite for any summer cookout.
Don’t be intimidated by grilling and smoking. It takes a little practice and patience but it’s really pretty simple. Let me know if you have specific questions or if there’s a recipe you would like us to share.
Delicious Dishes to Complete Your Meal:
Other Delicious Grilling Recipes to Check Out:
- Smoked Spare Ribs
- Balsamic Pork Chops
- Simple Grilled Chicken Salad
- Sweet and Spicy Barbecue Pork Chops
- Herb Brined Pork Chops ~ Southern Bite
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- 3 pounds baby back ribs
- 1 tablespoon coarse black pepper
- 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 1/2 cups Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce
Season meaty side of ribs with salt, pepper and garlic.
Heat grill to 250 degrees with hickory grilling wood.
Place ribs on the grill over indirect heat.
Smoke for 45 minutes, monitoring the heat of the grill, maintaining the heat around 250 degrees.
Baste with barbecue sauce every 15 minutes until ribs are cooked through and reach a temperature of 175 degrees.
Remove from grill and allow to rest 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 668 Total Fat: 43g Saturated Fat: 15g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 25g Cholesterol: 165mg Sodium: 1269mg Carbohydrates: 23g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 12g Protein: 46g