Dr. Pepper Barbecued Ribs

“This is a variation of my Oven-Baked Barbecue Ribs recipe using the Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce. Very tasty!” – April Ferre

Dr. Pepper Barbecued Ribs

Course: Main Courses – Pork


  • Dr. Pepper Barbecue Sauce
  • 1 Rack Pork Spareribs
  • 6 Ounces (1/2 Can) Dr. Pepper Original or Cherry
  • Chipotle Seasoning or Salt & Pepper See Note


  • The night before, make the Dr. Pepper Barbecue Sauce.
  • Cut rack of ribs into individual pieces. Place ribs in a large Ziploc bag with 1/2 can Dr. Pepper. Marinate ribs in Dr. Pepper overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Dry ribs and sprinkle with chipotle seasoning or salt and pepper.
  • Place in a 9×13-inch baking dish and cover with foil. Bake ribs for 1 hour.
  • Meanwhile line a baking sheet with foil or a silicone mat. Place a wire rack in the baking sheet.
  • Remove ribs from the oven and place on the wire rack. Increase oven temperature to 425 degrees.
  • Brush ribs generously with Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce. Return to oven and bake for another 15 to 20 minutes or until ribs are tender and well-glazed.
  • If desired, baste ribs a second time after 10 minutes.
  • Serve ribs with extra BBQ sauce, if desired.


You can find several chipotle-based spice mixes in the grocery store, each with varying levels of chipotle. Taste before using on ribs to decide how spicy you want your ribs. Alternatively, you can just season the ribs with salt and pepper.

2023 Adapted Recipe – April Ferre – Adapted from Baking Beauty

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