Root Beer Ribs

This recipe came from Devin’s family and is more-ish.

4 racks of baby back ribs (each 1 1/2 lbs)
6 tbsp. BBQ Spice (Robertson’s Braai Spice works well)
2 onions, sliced
4 cloves of garlic
4 375 ml cans of root beer
t tbsp. root beer essence or vanilla

BBQ Sauce:
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup root beer
2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
2 tbsp water
1 tbsp Worcester sauce
salt to taste
(If short on ingredients, a bottled BBQ sauce works too – I tried the Diana’s brand recently)


  1. Preheat oven to 325° F.
  2. Using a sharp knife, score the membrane of the backside of the ribs in a diamond pattern. Season the ribs with BBQ spice, pressing the spice into the meat.
  3. Spread the onions and garlic in a roasting pan. Lay the ribs meat side down on top of the onion mixture.
  4. Stir together the root beer and root beer essence; pour ove the ribs. Cover lightly with lid or foil.
  5. Braise for 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until the meat is tender. Let cool slightly.
  6. Meanwhile, make the sauce. Whisk together the ketchup, brown sugar, root beer, cilantro, water, Worcester sauce and salt.
  7. Preheat grill to medium high.
  8. Grill ribs for 6 to 8 minutes per side or until lightly charred, basting frequently with the sauce.
  9. Cut between every third rib and serve.

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