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BBQ Baby Back Ribs
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs 10 mins
Author: Gaby Dalkin
For the Ribs
  • 2 racks baby back pork ribs
  • 1 large 2 liter bottle of Dr Pepper
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
For the Slaw:
  • ½ head red cabbage thinly sliced
  • ½ head green cabbage thinly sliced
  • 2 ripe mangoes peeled and pitted and thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup cilantro leaves finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon agave
  • 2 garlic cloves finely grated
  • ½ jalapeño— stemmed seeded and minced
For the Slaw:
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil with the salt, pepper, orange juice, cilantro, lime juice, agave, garlic and jalapeño. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Add the thinly sliced cabbage and mango, and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper, and set aside.
For the Ribs
  1. Place the ribs in a large baking dish and cover with most of the Dr Pepper (leave about 1/2 cup of Dr. Pepper for later) Add the salt and soak the ribs for 2 -24 hours in the fridge.
  2. Heat the oven to 350°F.
  3. Remove the ribs from the liquid, place on a baking sheet and pat them dry. Give them a good rub with the chili powder. Pour 1 cup of water into the baking sheet, and cover tightly with foil. Bake for 2 hours, until the meat nearly falls off the bone.
  4. While the ribs are in the oven, heat the oil in a small pot over medium heat. Saute the onion and garlic until they're soft and add the ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire, apple cider vinegar, cayenne, and remaining 1/2 cup of Dr Pepper. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the sauce thickens.
  5. Once the ribs have cooked for 2 hours, remove from the oven and fire up the grill. Liberally brush the ribs with bbq sauce. When the grill is hot, cook them for 7-8 minutes on each side so they get the nice charred flavor. Remove from grill and add more sauce if desired.