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Dr. Pepper Ribs

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours
  • Yield: 2 - 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Mains
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


These Dr. Pepper Ribs are marinated in a simple mixture of soda, garlic and bbq dry rub, then slowly baked in the oven until they’re just about to fall off the bone, and finished on the grill for that classic, crispy charred flavor.


  • 1 slab ribs, sectioned into half slabs
  • 1 12-ounce can Dr. Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons BBQ dry rub
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt
  • 1 bottle BBQ sauce, optional for basting


  1. Combine the Dr. Pepper, dry rub, Worcestershire sauce, garlic and salt in a mixing bowl. Stir to combine.
  2. Place ribs in a zip-top bag and pour in marinade. Let sit overnight or for a minimum of 4 hours. Turning the bag to redistribute the marinade at least once.
  3. Preheat oven to 300˚F. Remove ribs from marinade and pat dry with paper towels.
  4. Transfer to a baking sheet and cover with foil. Bake ribs for 3 – 3.5 hours.
  5. During the final 30 minutes of baking, remove the foil and baste with BBQ sauce if desired.
  6. Preheat grill to medium-high. Remove ribs from the oven and allow them to rest while the grill heats.
  7. Grill for about 10 minutes, beginning with the meat side down and turning once.
  8. If using BBQ sauce, baste when turning and again before serving (3 times total).

Keywords: dairy free, gluten free, egg free, BBQ, barbecue, pork, ribs, grilling, 5 ingredient, easy