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  • Ribs
  • 8 pounds baby back pork ribs (about 3 racks)
  • 2 bottles (2 liters each) Food Club root beer
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • Root Beer BBQ Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Filippo Berio® Robusto Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2 cups Food Club ketchup
  • ¼ cup Food Club red wine vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Food Club dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 teaspoons Food Club ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Prepare Ribs: Peel skin from bone side of each rib slab. Reserve 2 cups root beer for BBQ sauce. Place rib slabs in large baking dish or roasting pan; pour remaining root beer over ribs to cover completely. (There may be some root beer remaining.) Sprinkle ribs with salt. Cover and refrigerate 4 hours or up to overnight.
  2. Prepare Root Beer BBQ Sauce: In small saucepot, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic and onion, and cook 4 to 6 minutes or until onion is soft, stirring frequently. Add remaining ingredients and 2 cups reserved root beer; heat to boiling over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook 20 to 25 minutes or until sauce thickens, stirring occasionally. Makes about 3 cups.
  3. Meanwhile, preheat outdoor grill with all burners on high. Once preheated turn off 1 of the burners for a 2-burner grill, or the center burner for a 3-burner grill. Reduce remaining burner(s) to medium-low. Remove ribs from marinade; discard marinade. Place ribs over unlit part of grill; cover and cook 1½ to 2 hours or until ribs are tender and meat easily pulls away from bone, turning every 20 minutes. Brush ribs generously with BBQ sauce during last 20 minutes of cooking. Serve ribs with remaining BBQ sauce.

  • 990 Calories
  • 55g Fat (22g Saturated)
  • 243mg Cholesterol
  • 1491mg Sodium
  • 35g Carbohydrates
  • 1g Fiber
  • 50g Protein

6 Responses to Root Beer Ribs

  1. Sue says:

    Can I use this recipe and cook these ribs in an electric oven?

    • Sara White says:

      Hi Sue, you can definitely use this recipe and cook the ribs in an electric oven! Follow the directions with the oven at 350F. Enjoy!

  2. Missy says:

    Would I get similar results if I simply add root beer to any bottled bbq sauce purchased from my local supermarket?

    • Sara White says:

      Hi Missy! We haven’t tried to add root beer to a bottled bbq sauce to see the results. If you give it a try, let us know how it works! We love learning new tricks & shortcuts!

  3. linda says:

    Can you do just 4 pounds of ribs? I know you would cut the recipe in half. But what about the cooking time?