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Grilled Baby Back Ribs with Root Beer BBQ Sauce

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  • 2 racks of baby back ribs, roughly 2 pounds each
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons coarse sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder

root beer BBQ sauce

  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 2/3 cup root beer
  • ½ cup honey
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Place each rack of ribs on a doubled sheet of aluminum foil.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the salt, paprika, mustard, garlic powder, pepper, onion powder and chipotle chili powder. Rub the mixture all over both sides of the ribs, then wrap the ribs up in the aluminum foil. Place the racks on a baking sheet and put them on the center rack in the oven. Bake for 2 1/2 hours.
  • After 2 1/2 hours, gently pour the juice in the foil packets into a large bowl or measuring cup. Whisk in 3 to 4 tablespoons of BBQ sauce.
  • Heat the grill to the highest setting and remove the ribs from the foil. Once the grill is hot, place the ribs on the grill and cook for 10 to 12 minutes, until they are charred and slightly crisp on the outsides, basting and rubbing the juices/BBQ sauce mixture on top. Let cool slightly before serving with lots of BBQ sauce.

root beer BBQ sauce

  • Place all ingredients in a saucepan and whisk together until combined. Heat oven medium heat and bring to a boil, then reduce to low heat and cook for 30 to 60 minutes, until thickened. Stir occasionally. Remove from the heat and let sit at room temperature until it cools and thickens even more.
  • Store in a jar or sealed container in the fridge.


[rib method from bon appetit, BBQ sauce from seriously delish]

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