Recipe of the Week: Sticky BBQ Ribs

It’s nearly summer which naturally means one thing… It’s time to get barbecuing! A sunny day and a free afternoon is the only excuse you’ll need!

For the barbeque related recipe of the month, we’ve selected easy-to-make sticky barbecue ribs.

This tantalising dish serves up to 6 people and is ideal for a family barbecue or get together with friends. The succulent meat and sweet sticky sauce are guaranteed to be a hit at any summer party!

Serves: 6 people

Preparation time: 15 mins to prepare, overnight marinating and approximatley 3 hours 15 mins to cook

Difficulty level: Easy-Medium


For the rub

  • 100g brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • A pinch of sea salt

For the ribs

  • 1.5kg ribs (2-3 racks)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 star anise
  • 500ml Dr Pepper

For the sticky sauce

  • 250ml Dr Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle sauce
  • 100ml tomato ketchup
  • 40g molasses sugar
  • 4 tablespoon brown sauce
  • 4 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce


  1. Combine the rub ingredients in a bowl, and then rub into the ribs on both sides.
  2. Lay the ribs in a deep baking tray and place in the fridge to marinade overnight. You can leave them to marinade for up to 12 hours.
  3. Add the cinnamon and star anise to the ribs, and pour over the 500ml of Dr Pepper, covering all the ribs.
  4. Cover the ribs with grease proof paper and then foil. Bake in the oven for 2 hours, turning once.
  5. Now the ribs are cooking, it’s time to prepare the sticky sauce. Add the Dr Pepper to a large pan and bring to the boil. Gradually whisk in the remaining ingredients in order, until they’re combined well.
  6. Boil the mixture until the sauce thickens, stirring occasionally to make sure it doesn’t burn on the bottom. Taste to check the sweetness and when you’re satisfied, set the sauce aside.
  7. Once the ribs are cooked, drain and discard the cooking liquid and then baste the ribs in half of the sauce.
  8. Place the ribs on the barbecue on a medium/high heat and cook for 10-15 minutes, basting with the remaining sauce and turning occasionally.
  9. When the ribs are sticky and a dark brown colour, take them off the barbecue and serve. There you have your delicious barbecue ribs. Enjoy!

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