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Dr Pepper Jalapeno BBQ Ribs

Dr Pepper Jalapeño BBQ Ribs are perfect for any weekend cookout. Hardwood smoked baby back ribs with layers of flavor from the dry rub and homemade bbq sauce cooked to tender, juicy perfection.

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We are taking baby back ribs to a new level of deliciousness by slicing them before throwing them on the grill. This method gets the spices and sauce on all sides of the ribs for the most tender and flavorful ribs that you can make in your own backyard.

Barbecued Baby back ribs on a white oval platter

Ingredients for Dr Pepper Jalapeno BBQ Ribs:

  • Baby Back Ribs ~ Our choice for grilling, St.  Louis Style will work as well.
  • Brown Sugar ~ Adds the sweetness to the dry rub that caramelizes into the smoky ribs.
  • Granulated Garlic ~ Key ingredient for the savory dry rub flavor.
  • Onion Powder ~ Pairs nicely with the garlic to add more flavor.
  • Dried Thyme ~ Adds savory herb flavor to any pork dish.
  • Green Chile Powder  ~ This is my new favorite spice. It’s worth the effort of ordering from Spiceology and adds the best flavor to spice rubs and sauces for grilling and your favorite Mexican dishes. Substitute regular chili powder if needed but the flavor is different.
  • Smoked Paprika ~ Classic smoky flavor for dry rubs.
  • Kosher Salt ~ Coarse flake salt
  • Black Pepper ~ Coarse ground
  • Dry Mustard ~ Adds a savory depth of flavor.
  • Dr Pepper Jalapeño BBQ Sauce ~ A sweet sauce with just a bit of jalapeño kick. Of course you can substitute with your favorite sauce.

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How to Grill Dr Pepper Jalapeño BBQ Ribs:

slicing ribs before cooking

  • Remove ribs from packaging and pat dry with paper towels.
  • Slice ribs right between the bones.

ribs on a sheet pan coated with dry rub

  • Mix the dry rub together and sprinkle over all sides of the ribs.
  • Allow ribs to rest at room temperature while you prepare the grill fire with hickory for smoke flavor.

Sliced ribs piled in center of Big Green Egg Grill

  • Cook ribs over indirect heat with the grill lid closed. We cooked 2 racks of ribs and put them in a pile.

Tossing grilled ribs that are sliced with bbq sauce on a pan

  • Use a digital thermometer to cook ribs to about 180°.
  • Remove to a clean sheet pan and coat with bbq sauce on all sides.

Smoking sliced ribs in a grill

  • Return to the grill and close the lid.

sliced bbq ribs on a grill

  • Continue to cook until ribs reach about 200° – 210°.

Sheet pan with ribs sliced

  • Remove from the grill and cool about 5- 10 minutes before serving.

Dr Pepper Jalapeno BBQ Ribs on a platter with jar of sauce

Grilling Facts for Dr Pepper Jalapeño Ribs:

  • Grill: Big Green Egg Large
  • Heat Source: Hardwood Lump Charcoal
  • Grill Temperature: 300° 

How to Store and Reheat Ribs:

Store cooled ribs wrapped in foil or in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 4 days.

To reheat, brush with additional sauce if desired. Wrap in foil and heat in a 350° oven for about 15 minutes or place in an air fryer for about 4 minutes at 350°.

plate of 3 ribs with 1/2 of baked potato

We served these smoky ribs with Jalapeno Potato SaladGarlic Butter Baked Potatoes. Grilled Corn on the Cob  and coleslaw would also be a delicious side.

More Delicious Baby Back Ribs to Grill:

Apricot BBQ Ribs are hickory smoked and slathered in our homemade sweet and tangy Apricot BBQ Sauce. A favorite for backyard cookouts.

Fall Off the Bone Ribs will knock your socks off. They are the most tender, juicy and flavorful baby back ribs.

Baby Back Ribs with Brown Sugar Dry Rub is one of our all-time favorites. The dry rub adds tremendous flavor to the hardwood smoked ribs. It’s a recipe that we’ve made again and again for family cookouts.

Maple Glazed Ribs are seriously delicious with a real maple syrup marinade that adds incredible sweet and savory flavors that compliment the smoky pork ribs.

platter of sliced baby back ribs

Slicing the baby back ribs before cooking is a different way to smoke ribs on the grill and the results are outstanding. The rub and sauce caramelize over all sides of the ribs and are just about the best thing you’ll ever eat!

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Yield: 10 servings

Dr Pepper Jalapeno BBQ Ribs

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Dr Pepper Jalapeño BBQ Ribs are perfect for any weekend cookout. Hardwood smoked baby back ribs with layers of flavor from the dry rub and homemade bbq sauce cooked to tender, juicy perfection.

Ingredients

  • 2 racks baby back ribs
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon green chile powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 cups Dr Pepper Jalapeno BBQ Sauce

Instructions

  1. Pat ribs dry with paper towels.
  2. Slice ribs right between the bones. 
  3. In a bowl, combine brown sugar, garlic, onion powder, green chile powder, thyme, smoked paprika, salt, pepper and dry mustard.
  4. Sprinkle over all sides of the ribs. 
  5. Rest ribs at room temperature while you prepare the grill fire with hickory for smoke flavor to about 300°.
  6. Cook ribs over indirect heat with the grill lid closed.
  7. Use a digital thermometer to cook ribs to about 180°, this will take around 1 1/2 hours.
  8. Remove to a clean sheet pan and coat with bbq sauce on all sides.
  9. Return to the grill and close the lid. Continue to cook until ribs reach about 200° - 210°.
  10. Remove from the grill and cool about 5- 10 minutes before serving. 

Notes

Store leftover cooled ribs in an airtight container or wrapped in foil in the refrigerator up to 4 days.

Reheat ribs with additional sauce wrapped in foil in a 350° oven for about 15 minutes or use an air fryer at 350° for about 4 minutes.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 250Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 625mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 15g

Nutritional information is estimated and may not be accurate.

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4 Comments

  1. Hi, recipe looks great. Quick question, in the photo where you are cutting the ribs, it looks like the silver skin is still on, so I was wondering if you did that intentionally? Thanks, can’t wait to try this.

    1. Hi Jason,
      It’s just personal preference. Lots of folks go ahead and trim it off but we usually leave it on.

      ~ Milisa

    1. Hi Katy,
      Yes these ribs can be cooked in the oven. Use the same oven temperature and should have close to the same cooking time.

      ~ Milisa