These Sticky Root Beer BBQ Ribs have the most amazing sauce ever!

Sticky Root Beer BBQ Ribs

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x

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 34 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


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Mix the ingredients together for the dry rub and season the ribs on both sides, using all or most of the dry rub.
  3. Place the ribs on a baking sheet lined with foil, then cover the sheet pan with foil on top.
  4. 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.
  5. To make sauce, heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat.
  6. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, being careful not to brown the garlic.
  7. Slowly pour in the root beer, 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.
  8. Cook the sauce on low heat for 20 minutes.
  9. Place the ribs on a medium grill (about 400 degrees) for 5 minutes on each side until warmed through.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. Baste the ribs with another layer of sauce before taking them off the grill.
  13. Once the ribs have cooled slightly, cut the racks into sections of three to four ribs and serve with extra sauce on the side.

Recipe Notes

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!

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven/Grill
  • Cuisine: American