Molasses-Glazed Baby Back Ribs Recipe
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Molasses-Glazed Baby Back Ribs Recipe

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My husband grills up his luscious ribs recipe for our family of five at least once a month in the summer. The sweet-and-sour barbecue sauce is the perfect condiment for the moist tender meat. Serve it with other finger-licking foods like corn on the cob. —Kim Braley, Dunedin, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + marinating Grill: 70 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + marinating Grill: 70 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4-1/2 pounds pork baby back ribs
  • 1 bottle (2 liters) cola
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 1218 calories, 69g fat (26g saturated fat), 275mg cholesterol, 1189mg sodium, 91g carbohydrate (85g sugars, 1g fiber), 57g protein.


  1. Place the ribs in large resealable plastic bags; add cola. Seal bags and turn to coat; refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
  2. Drain and discard cola. Pat ribs dry with paper towels. Combine the seasonings; rub over ribs.
  3. Prepare grill for indirect heat, using a drip pan. Place ribs over pan; grill, covered, over indirect medium heat for 1 hour, or until tender, turning occasionally.
  4. In a small bowl, combine barbecue sauce ingredients. Brush over ribs; grill, covered, over medium heat 10-20 minutes longer or until browned, turning and basting occasionally. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Molasses-Glazed Baby Back Ribs in Country Woman May/June 2005, p29

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brabtoo60 User ID: 7357777 206455
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2013

"mighty good!"

debbie7g User ID: 3576352 138281
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2013

"Can these be cooked in a slow cooker? The recipe sounds great!"

spiker1 User ID: 264159 119705
Reviewed May. 21, 2013

"Excellent on the grill. Looking forward to making them again on Memorial Day."

MY REVIEW User ID: 4441258 122720
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2012

"not bad, but not spectacular ..still hunting for perfect rib recipe."

Myhusbandisthecook User ID: 20052 138278
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2012

"Yes but I would slow cook them in an oven first. The flavour was excellent but they were not fall-off-the bone even though I bought fresh baby back ribs which you usually can't go wrong with. We were disappointed."

twocook User ID: 1340886 72224
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2012

"I used a temp of 350 since there was no temp indicated...."

grannysnail User ID: 743232 119703
Reviewed May. 29, 2012

"I omitted the cola marinade & baked in low-heat oven for 3 hours; then basted with sauce for the last hour. Ribs were perfect and tasted great!! Best sauce recipe I've found."

maggieyoder User ID: 2170439 64197
Reviewed May. 29, 2012

"Hands down, the best ribs we've ever had. We'll be making these again soon. Fantastic!

We did bake them in the oven at about 350 for 15 minutes or so before we put them on the grill."

kTonning User ID: 6001728 206454
Reviewed May. 28, 2012

"These were amazing! I'm always experimenting to find the perfect rib recipe and now I've got it."

FACSteacher User ID: 759865 59791
Reviewed May. 24, 2012

"Wow! I loved these ribs! I've made ribs in the past, many years ago but gave up because they were always so tough. These have great flavor with the rub and were so tender and moist. This will be my rib recipe!!"

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