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Dr Pepper Barbecue Ribs

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. 

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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 Baby Back Ribs Sliced with Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce

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.

Sliced Dr Pepper Barbecue Ribs 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!

Smoking ribs on the grill

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.

Dr Pepper Barbecue Baby Back Ribs

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
  • ketchup
  • 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.

Dr Pepper Barbecue Baby Back Ribs - sliced

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.

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Yield: 6

Dr Pepper Barbecue Ribs

Easy Dr Pepper Barbecue Ribs

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.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

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. 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 668Total Fat: 43gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 165mgSodium: 1269mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 46g

Nutrition information is estimated and may not be accurate.

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3 Comments

  1. I would never think to use Dr. Pepper for ribs, but I can’t believe I didn’t think of it sooner! It is absolutely delicious. It makes the meat fall right off the bone, and I will be using this hack from here on out!

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