These Sticky Root Beer BBQ Ribs are going to be a hit at your BBQ! A sweet, sticky bbq sauce coats these ribs for a finger licking, delicious meal!
We love making ribs of all flavors! Try our over the top DEEP FRIED WHISKEY RIBS or these easy, OVERNIGHT BBQ RIBS that can cook away in your crock pot. Or the classic BBQ PARTY RIBS, that can be made ahead of time and finished off on your grill in just minutes!
How To Cook Barbecue Ribs In The Oven
I used to request BBQ Ribs for every birthday dinner. My second request was for my grandmother to be flown in from Chicago, and that happened almost every year.
So it was my dad who taught me how to make the best bbq ribs and being from the mid-west where meat is king, I figured he knew what he was talking about.
First you season the ribs with a dry rub. There’s store bought rubs you can use or just follow this recipe as a guide. Then you cook the ribs low and slow in your oven until they are tender and cooked through.
At this point you can let the ribs cool, wrap them in foil and keep them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to eat. Who knew a ribs recipe could be such a make ahead dinner recipe?
I know I never thought about ribs that way, I always though they were more of a difficult dinner request…not that it stopped me from asking for them!
After the ribs have cooked in the oven, all you need to do is make the sticky root beer glaze and get them on the grill. So whether you’re making this pork ribs recipe for dinner or for a party, you’ve only got about 15 minutes to chow time.
You can see how juicy these bbq ribs in the oven turn out! You can also throw some bbq sauce on here right at this point and call it dinner. No judging, they’ll be super delicious.
Because maybe you want to make these bbq ribs in the winter or colder weather and you don’t have a grill out? Baste them with bbq sauce and place them under the broiler for 5 minutes, you’ll be good to go.
But if you do have your grill available, these pork spareribs only need about 15 minutes to get a good char and warm the sauce through. It’s definitely worth the step if you can!
Root Beer Barbecue Sauce
Hang on to your seats because you’re going to LOVE this barbecue sauce recipe!
Make this simple but delicious barbecue sauce ahead of time and then you can warm it up on your grill burner or stove top when it’s time to baste the ribs.
Pro tip here! You only want to start basting the ribs with the bbq sauce during the last few minutes of cooking. Like many bbq sauce recipes, this sauce has a good amount of sugar in it so if you add it too soon it will burn on the grill.
What Can I Serve With These BBQ Ribs?
There are SO many options here, ribs go with just about anything so head over to our SIDE DISH MENU and take a look for yourself, but here are some of out favorites!
This bbq ribs recipe has the most amazing bbq sauce ever! It’s sticky and sweet and coats the pork spareribs perfectly!
- 2 racks of pork spareribs (about 3–4 pounds each)
For the Root Beer Barbecue Sauce
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon garlic
- 12 ounces of root beer (1 can)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
- 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 – 2 1/2 hours until tender. Remove from the oven and set aside until ready to grill.
- To make sauce, heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat.
- Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, being careful not to brown the garlic.
- Slowly pour in the root beer liquor, bring to a simmer and let reduce for 10 minutes. After the root beer has reduced, add in the rest of the sauce ingredients and stir.
- Cook the sauce on low heat for 20 minutes.
- Place the ribs on a medium grill (about 400 degrees) for 5 minutes on each side until warmed through.
- Flip the ribs over so the bottom side is up and baste the ribs with a good amount of sauce then close the lid and cook for 5 minutes
- Turn the ribs over so the top of the ribs are up and baste with the sauce then close the lid and cook for another 5 minutes.
- Baste the ribs with another layer of sauce before taking them off the grill.
- Once the ribs have cooled slightly, cut the racks into sections of three to four ribs 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!
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