Sticky Dr Pepper BBQ Ribs
Ney's Kitchen - North American

Sticky Dr Pepper BBQ Ribs

Sink your teeth into this crazily delicious, fall-of-the bone recipe that can be made outdoors on the BBQ or in your oven so you can enjoy all year round, whatever the weather.


For the BBQ sauce

  • 1 can Dr Pepper
  • 1 tbsp. dark soft brown sugar
  • 3.5 oz tomato ketchup
  • 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. clear honey
  • 2 tsp. mustard powder
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. hot sauce (preferably Tabasco)

For the ribs

  • 2 racks of baby back pork ribs
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil

For the rub

  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. chilli powder
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano


  1. Preheat the oven to 150º Celsius or prepare your BBQ to a temperature of 130º C.
  2. Pour the Dr Pepper drink into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the liquid for 8-10 minutes or until you are left with a syrupy consistency.
  3. Make the BBQ sauce by adding all the ingredients into a small saucepan over a medium heat. Gently mix the ingredients with a hand whisk until smooth. Next add the Dr Pepper syrup. Leave the sauce to simmer for about 5 minutes, then remove from the heat.
  4. Prepare the ribs by rubbing the olive oil all over.
  5. Make the rub by combining all the ingredients, and then coating the pork with the seasoning. Use a pastry brush to coat each rib with 2 tbsp. of the BBQ sauce.
  6. Sit each rib on its own large sheet of foil and wrap tightly like a parcel. Next, place on a baking tray and bake in the centre of the oven for 2 ½  hours or in your BBQ.
  7. After 2 ½ hours, remove the pork from the oven/BBQ, gently peel away the foil and brush on another 2 tbsp. of BBQ sauce on each rib. Cover again with the foil and bake for a further 30 minutes or until soft and the meat can easily be pulled off the bone. Should the pork still be tough, cover and cook further for up to an hour.
  8. Remove the pork from its casing and transport on to a serving tray. Brush on the remaining BBQ sauce all over the ribs and serve immediately.

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