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Saucy Grilled Baby Back Ribs

Don't worry about the beer in the sauce—it's just root beer, which is a subtle undertone to the yummy sauce. —Terri Kandell, Addison, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 2 hours Grill: 15 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 2 cups cider vinegar
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup root beer
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 4 pounds pork baby back ribs


  • In a large saucepan, combine first 9 ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 20-25 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally.
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 325°. Set aside 3 cups of sauce for basting and serving.
  • Brush remaining sauce over ribs. Place bone side down on a rack in a large shallow roasting pan. Cover tightly with foil and bake 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until tender.
  • On a greased grill, cook ribs, covered, over medium heat 15-25 minutes or until browned, turning and brushing occasionally with some of the reserved sauce. Cut into serving-size pieces; serve with sauce.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 603 calories, 31g fat (11g saturated fat), 122mg cholesterol, 1046mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 0 fiber), 25g protein.

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  • MOTCook
    Aug 22, 2014

    I used boneless country style spare ribs. The sauce was very tasty. I had enough left over to use it on top of the All American Meat Loaf recipe (another Taste of Home keeper)!

  • ktype
    Jul 29, 2014

    These were the best ribs I've ever made! Even the hubby agreed...!

  • KarenKeefe
    Jun 27, 2014

    This is a fabulous recipe! These ribs are delicious!

  • KAT51
    Jun 26, 2014

    Fixed these last night reminded me of the ribs I had in Texas and St Louis. Yes the meat is to fall off the bone. Any good griller will tell you that need to watch Diners, Drive-ins and dives BBQ edition. May learn something...

  • goldergirl
    Jun 25, 2014

    Fall off the bone tender and great flavor is EXACTLY what my friends and family want - we don't like the tougher, chewy kind.

  • starrnana7
    Jun 25, 2014

    Grilled them low and slow to get a good smoke ring. You couldn't tell them from one's that had been marinated overnight and smoked for hours, you gotta give them a try.

  • julieharter
    Jun 25, 2014


  • rebelwithoutaclue
    Jun 25, 2014

    No rub and cooked in sauce, believe I will pass. Only thing Terri didn't mention is that they are fall off the bone tender. Fall off the bone tender its NOT what you are looking for in your ribs.