We will be using A&W root beer in this recipe. If you can't find A&W, I'm sure this recipe would work just fine with any other brand. Did you know that A&W are the initials of the two men, Roy Allen and Frank Wright, who partnered together to create the soda as well as the restaurant chain with the same name? I didn't!
Well, now that we've had a little history lesson, why don't we grab our aprons and get cooking? We will be transitioning outside to use the grill a little later on, but for now, I'll meet you in the kitchen!
Root Beer Ribs
You will need:
- 2 racks baby back ribs
- 1 bottle (2 liters) root beer
- 2 tablespoons + 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 small white onion, finely chopped
- 1 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
- 1.5 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Place ribs in large baking dish.
- Pour all but 1 cup root beer over the ribs.
- Sprinkle 2 tablespoons salt over ribs, then cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, turning once during this time.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Remove ribs from root beer and pat dry with a paper towel.
- Discard the root beer in the pan, and wipe the pan dry.
- Place the ribs back into the pan.
- Add 1 cup water, then cover tightly with foil.
- Cook for 2 hours or until the meat is nearly falling off the bone.
- To make the Root Beer Barbecue Sauce: In small saucepan, heat oil over medium heat.
- Add garlic and onion, and cook 3 to 4 minutes or until onion is soft, stirring frequently.
- Add the remaining ingredients (including the reserved 1 cup root beer and 1/2 teaspoon salt), then heat to boiling.
- Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 15 to 20 minutes or until the sauce thickens, stirring occasionally.
- Just before the ribs hit the 2 hour mark in the oven, preheat the grill for indirect grilling over medium-high heat.
- Put bones on the cooler side of the grill, bone side down.
- Brush with some Root Beer Barbecue Sauce and cook 10 to 15 minutes, then flip.
- Brush with sauce again and cook until ribs are lightly charred and meat is falling off bone.
- Serve with any remaining sauce.
I'll be back tomorrow, like always. For now, I hope you all have a great day and happy blogging to all! I'll catch you on the flip side!