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Molasses-Glazed Baby Back Ribs Recipe

Molasses-Glazed Baby Back Ribs Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 268008
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2017

"These were the best ribs I have ever eaten! I did use pork Spareribs though because that is what I had on hand. We will make these often."

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."

[email protected] 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!!"

whirleycook User ID: 6530905 88812
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2012

"Tender, sweet and spicy. Great recipe, thanks!"

betsy2727 User ID: 6165463 60723
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2011

"Have made this many times!! I have also used maple syrup in place of molasses a few times and have been very happy with results"

MrsHanna User ID: 5477667 137847
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2011

"This was my first "Rib" cooking experiment and it turned out great! I doubled the seasoning recipe because I wanted more to rub on for an extra coat and did the same for the bbq sauce! Love the sweet n spicy combo!"

Parrish14 User ID: 3032405 119699
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2011

"We love recipe! Have substituted maple syrup in place of honey and molasses at times. Recipe is great for pulled pork too!"

vor User ID: 1949974 137843
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2009

"That really sounds delicious. Just reading the recipe had me drooling. K."

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