Jim's Secret Family Recipe Ribs Recipe
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Jim's Secret Family Recipe Ribs

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For more than 30 years, my brother-in-law Jim kept his famous rib recipe a secret, much to the chagrin of my husband, Dennis. When he finally came around to sharing it, we loved it so much we just had to pass it along. This one's for you, Jim! —Vicki Young, Brighton, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Cook: 3 hours 10 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Cook: 3 hours 10 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2 racks pork baby back ribs (about 5 pounds)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 liter lemon-lime soda
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened pineapple or orange juice, optional
  • 1/2 cup granulated or packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup honey mustard
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce of choice
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons white vinegar

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 483 calories, 27g fat (10g saturated fat), 102mg cholesterol, 1107mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 1g fiber), 30g protein.


  1. Brush ribs with soy sauce. Combine oregano, onion powder and garlic powder; rub over both sides of ribs. Transfer to a large shallow roasting pan; refrigerate, covered, overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 225°. Add lemon-lime soda and juice, if desired, to roasting pan (do not pour over ribs). Bake, covered, until tender, about 3 hours.
  3. Meanwhile, make barbecue sauce by dissolving sugar in hot water; combine with remaining ingredients, thinning with additional lemon-lime soda or juice if necessary. Reserve 1 cup for serving.
  4. Remove ribs from oven; discard juices. Brush both sides with barbecue sauce. Grill ribs, covered, on a greased grill rack over low direct heat, turning and brushing occasionally with remaining sauce, until heated through, about 10 minutes. Cut into serving-size pieces; serve with reserved sauce. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Jim's Secret Family Recipe Ribs in Taste of Home June/July 2017

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Krstos3 User ID: 7564760 268048
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2017

"These ribs are so good! The meat falls off the bone, just the way I like them!"

ReneeMurby User ID: 7119369 267397
Reviewed May. 28, 2017

"Big Bold flavor! The meat just falls right off the bone and melts into your mouth. A crowd pleaser for sure!"

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