Saucy Grilled Baby Back Ribs

Total Time

Prep: 2 hours Grill: 15 min.


8 servings

Updated: Oct. 21, 2022
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
Saucy Grilled Baby Back Ribs Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 325°. Set aside 3 cups of sauce for basting and serving.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.