Dr. Pepper Ribs

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Pork ribs cooked in Dr. Pepper, grilled to perfection, and smothered in BBQ Sauce. These Dr. Pepper ribs are fall off the bone delicious!

These ribs are one of our favorite meats to grill at BBQ’s! They pair really well with popular BBQ sides like potato salad, baked beans, and coleslaw.

Dr. Pepper Ribs on a serving plate

Cooking meat with Dr. Pepper

BBQ season is upon us, and we have lots of drool-worthy meat recipes that we plan to throw on the grill! Of course, we commonly grill hot dogs and burgers, but on special occasions, we like to whip out these Dr. Pepper Ribs!

Yep, you heard me right—Dr. Pepper, as in the beloved soft drink. You might be wondering why on earth you would cook meat in soda… Well it’s because it contains caramelized sugars, flavorings derived from several different spices, and acid, which all work together to give the meat amazing flavor and texture as it cooks!

The ribs come out fall off the bone delicious! And you wouldn’t believe how effortless they are to make!

Grilled Dr. Pepper Ribs

The boil and grill method

I know this sounds a little strange, and isn’t the most typical way to cook ribs, but I assure you that boiling and then grilling your ribs will result in the most tender and juicy meat!

BOIL. Place the Dr. Pepper and ribs in a large stock pot. Boil for three hours.

GRILL. Place Ribs on grill and cook for 3-5 minutes on each side.

BASTE. While on the grill, brush with desired amount of bbq sauce. Repeat on other side.

If you don’t have a grill

You can use your oven instead. Follow the recipe exactly the same (boil the ribs), but instead of grilling, put your ribs on a sheet pan, cover with BBQ sauce, and cook in the oven at 350°F for 30-40 minutes.

You can also make these in the crockpot. Place your racks of ribs in the crock pot, season with salt and pepper, then pour the Dr. Pepper over top. Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours, or HIGH for 4. After they have cooked, remove the liquid from the crockpot add BBQ sauce to the ribs. Cook for an additional 30 minutes or so.

Dr. Pepper Ribs Recipe on a serving platter

pick your flavor

What flavor of BBQ sauce should I use? This is totally up to you and your preferences! We like traditional BBQ Sauce, but Honey BBQ is really delicious as well. Try some different varieties, and see what you like best.

Dry Rub: If you have a dry rub seasoning you really like with your meats, rub some on your boiled ribs before putting them on the grill. Then, put the BBQ sauce on top of the dry rub. Brown sugar is good for this as well!

We LOVE grilling – especially on the holidays!! Try these Dr. Pepper ribs, and let me know how you like them!

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Dr. Pepper Ribs Recipe

5 from 3 votes

Pork ribs cooked in Dr. Pepper, grilled to perfection, and smothered in BBQ Sauce. These Dr. Pepper ribs are fall off the bone delicious!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 362 kcal
Author Lil" Luna

Ingredients

  • 3 racks pork ribs
  • 2 cans Dr. Pepper
  • BBQ Sauce

Instructions

  1. Place Dr. Pepper and ribs in a large pot. Boil for three hours.

  2. Place Ribs on grill and cook for three to five minutes on each side.
  3. While on the grill, brush with desired amount of bbq sauce. Repeat on other side.

Author

Kellyn Carpenter

Kellyn is a mom of 4 and loves to try and test out new recipes. She loves to find the best dinner and dessert recipes around and share them with those in the blogosphere.

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  1. 5 stars
    Hi Kristyn, I wish you new how fresh your recipe is. It is very unique, it looks delicious and it is one of a kind. Thank you so much for your outstanding skills and sharing this amazing recipe!