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Sweet & Sassy Baby Back Ribs

My family loves this recipe and I always have to triple it when the entire gang is home. I usually have to make three to four slabs, because my family loves this and any leftover ribs taste great when reheated.—Terri Kandell, Addison, Michigan Teacher, Brooklyn Elementary, Brooklyn, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 2 hours 5 min. Grill: 15 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 2 cups cider vinegar
  • 1 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup root beer
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 4 pounds pork baby back ribs


  • In a large saucepan, combine the first nine ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Set aside 3 cups for basting and serving.
  • Brush remaining sauce over ribs. Place bone side down on a rack in a large shallow roasting pan. Cover tightly with foil and bake at 325° for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until tender.
  • Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, lightly coat the grill rack. Grill ribs, covered, over medium heat for 15-25 minutes or until browned, turning and brushing occasionally with some of the reserved sauce. Cut into serving-size pieces; serve with sauce.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 605 calories, 31g fat (11g saturated fat), 122mg cholesterol, 1084mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 0 fiber), 25g protein.

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