These Sticky Root Beer BBQ Ribs are going to be the hit of your BBQ! Skip the napkins because this sauce is finger licking good!
Have you ever heard of someone that doesn’t eat “stuff off the bone”? Weird right? Like there’s a whole world of people out there that think eating a chicken leg or a rib is gross.
Yep that was me.
Until we started cooking things on the bone…then if it was for the site here I had to try it. I couldn’t make something for the blog and not actually eat it.
How could you not want to dive into these Sticky Root Beer BBQ Ribs?
And that’s pretty much where it ended. Now, I actually crave ribs, we make them as often as we can. Slow Cooker Ribs, or these crazy good Chicken Fried Ribs…how could you turn those down? I’m also looking to try these Asian Ribs in the slow cooker, just in case the weather doesn’t cooperate for grilling.
These Sticky Root Beer BBQ Ribs are definitely on the list right on top with the favorites. This sauce is so good you literally just want to spoon it on everything. There’s even a little kick in there from a root beer liquor that you have to get your hands on.
The ribs start off with a dry rub, then they’ll cook in the oven low and slow for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
When they come out of the oven you could cool them down and keep them in the fridge until you’re ready for dinner, or even for the next day. Or if it’s dinner time get the grill fired up and get the ribs on.
They only need about 15 minutes on the grill to get a good char on them and warm the sauce, if you’re cooking them from cold in the fridge you have to add a few more minutes to the cooking time.
Baste them with the Root Beer BBQ sauce – as much as you can get on there – and cook for another 5 minutes.
I like to serve extra sauce on the side for dipping…just in case there’s a small piece of rib that is bare…you don’t want to miss any the sauce on these Sticky Root Beer BBQ Ribs!
- 5 lbs. bone in pork spareribs
For the Sauce
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon garlic
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 2 ounces root beer liquor
- 12 ounces of root beer (1 can)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
For the Dry Rub
- 3 tablespoons salt
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
- Mix the ingredients together for the dry rub then season the ribs on both sides, using all or most of the dry rub.
- Place the ribs on a baking sheet lined with foil, then cover the sheet pan with foil on top.
- Bake the ribs in the oven for 2 1/2 to 3 hours until tender.
- To make sauce, heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat.
- Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, being careful not to brown the garlic.
- Add the root beer liquor and let cook down for 2 minutes, then add in the root beer and the rest of the sauce ingredients.
- Cook the sauce on low heat, simmering, for 30-40 minutes until thickened. The sauce will also thicken more as it cools.
- When the ribs are done in the oven, transfer them to a preheated 350 degree grill for 5 minutes on each side.
- Baste the ribs with the sauce on one side, close the lid and cook for 5 minutes
- Turn the ribs over, baste the sauce on the other side, close the lid and cook for another 5 minutes.
- Remove the ribs from the grill, cut into sections and serve with extra sauce on the side.
You can pre-bake these ribs and keep them in the refrigerator until you’re ready, just add a couple of more minutes to heat them up on the grill!