Dr Pepper BBQ Ribs Recipe



  • 2-3 racks of baby back ribs (or your preferred type)

Dry Rub:

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin

Braising Liquid:

  • 1 (2 liter) bottle Dr. Pepper
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

BBQ Sauce:

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup Dr. Pepper
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • Hot sauce to taste (optional)


Prep the Ribs:

  • Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs.
  • Combine all the dry rub ingredients in a bowl.
  • Pat the ribs dry and generously apply the dry rub all over.

Braise the Ribs:


  • Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C).
  • Place ribs in a large roasting pan or Dutch oven. Pour Dr. Pepper and apple cider vinegar over the ribs. Cover tightly with foil.
  • Braise for 2.5-3 hours, or until the meat is very tender and starts to pull away from the bones.

Slow Cooker:

  • Place ribs in the slow cooker. Pour Dr. Pepper and apple cider vinegar over the ribs.
  • Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours, until the meat is very tender.

Make the BBQ Sauce:

  • While the ribs are braising, combine all the BBQ sauce ingredients in a saucepan.
  • Bring to a simmer over medium heat, then reduce heat and simmer until the sauce thickens, about 15 minutes.

Finish the Ribs:

  • Carefully remove ribs from the braising liquid and place them on a baking sheet lined with foil.
  • Brush the ribs generously with BBQ sauce.
  • Option 1 – Broil: Broil for 3-5 minutes per side, or until the sauce is caramelized and bubbly.
  • Option 2 – Grill: Grill over medium-high heat for a few minutes per side to caramelize the sauce.

Rest and Serve:

  • Allow the ribs to rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving with additional BBQ sauce on the side.

Extra Tips

  • For extra smoky flavor, smoke the ribs for a couple of hours before braising using your preferred method.
  • Adjust the spiciness of the sauce by adding hot sauce to taste.
  • Serve with classic sides like coleslaw, potato salad, cornbread, and mac and cheese!

Enjoy your delicious Dr. Pepper BBQ ribs!


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