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A&W Root Beer BBQ Ribs

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Mike and I love to have friends over for a great cook-out. This summer, I know company and grilling is going to happen even more often. Our new home is across the street from an awesome beach. Sam is especially enamored of “his” new playground. I am so glad we moved!

A&W Root Beer BBQ Ribs

Some days we take our dog, Cassie, for beach walks. Some afternoons Sam and I hang out on the sand, building domes, car tunnels, and memories. And although the water isn’t that warm yet, sometimes Sam just has to get in the water. I’m happiest if I only get wet up to my knees but Sam assures me I’ll want to swim more on really hot days. He’s probably right.

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Friends were coming over last weekend so while I was at Walmart last week I picked up ingredients for A&W® Root Beer Ribs. So delicious!

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A&W Root Beer BBQ Ribs

  • Author: Stephanie Keeping @ Spaceships and Laser Beams


  • ½ liter A&W
  • 1 rack of pork back ribs
  • 1 T sea salt
  • 1 t pepper
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 3 cloves of diced garlic
  • ¼ cup A&W
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3 T brown sugar
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 T Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 T chili powder
  • ¼ t cayenne
  • ½ t pepper


  1. In a roasting pan, place rack of ribs and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  3. Drain root beer and add enough water to cover the bottom of the pan. Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 1 hour and 45 minutes.
  4. Right before the ribs are done, preheat the grill. Once the grill is hot enough, lower the heat on one side.
  5. Place the ribs on the cool side of the grill and baste with BBQ sauce. Cook for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Flip the ribs over and baste the other side and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes.


  • Calories: 2029
  • Sugar: 81
  • Sodium: 6208
  • Fat: 74
  • Saturated Fat: 26
  • Unsaturated Fat: 42
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 102
  • Protein: 232
  • Cholesterol: 611

Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.