How to Marinate Baby Back Ribs in Dr. Pepper


Marinating meat in flavorful ingredients can make the difference between bland and zesty bites. Dr. Pepper provides a sweet and spicy marinade for baby back ribs, tenderizing and seasoning the meat while it soaks in the liquid. You can use Dr. Pepper as a marinade and as part of a barbecue sauce to continue slathering on layers of flavor throughout the cooking process. Replace pre-made marinades with Dr. Pepper to keep fellow baby back rib enthusiasts enjoying the zest while guessing what your secret ingredient is.

Things You'll Need

  • Deep baking dish or roaster
  • 2-liter Dr. Pepper bottle
  • Aluminum foil or plastic wrap
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • Skillet
  • Spices
  • Whisk
  • Bowl
  • Pastry brush
  • Place the baby back ribs in a large, deep baking dish or roaster. Pour 4 cups (1 liter) of Dr. Pepper per full rack of ribs over the ribs so that they are submerged in the soda. Add salt to taste. Cover the baking dish or roaster with aluminum foil or plastic wrap to contain moisture.

  • Put the ribs in your refrigerator to marinate for 2 to 24 hours, depending on the flavor you desire. The longer you marinate the ribs, the more flavor the meat will absorb.

  • Create a barbecue sauce to marinate the ribs in while cooking. Heat 1/4 cup of Dr. Pepper along with the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add spices such as salt, pepper, garlic and cayenne, if desired.

  • Stir the mixture with a whisk to combine the ingredients. Simmer the sauce for about 15 minutes until it thickens and resembles barbecue sauce. Pour the marinade into a bowl. Dip a pastry brush in the marinade and brush the ribs before and after cooking them.

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