Sunday dinner or any dinner night is great for some delicious Dr. Pepper Ribs. Before you start thinking that you do not like sweet food let me just say that the Dr. Pepper ribs are not sweet. You can balance your meal with the side dish and bread. When my friend introduced me to Dr. Pepper ribs years ago, the first thing that came to my mind was “um too sweet”. See, so I have been where you been in the same thinking room about the Dr. Pepper ribs.
Let’s start with deciding on Beef or Pork ribs since both are available in most grocery stores. Next ribs with bone or boneless ribs ? After that we are ready to start the Dr. Pepper ribs. First thing that I did was brown my ribs on the stove in some olive oil. This is optional and if you are in a hurry you can skip the browning ribs on the stove. I put the ribs in a pan then added some Dr. Pepper soda to cover the ribs 3/4 of the way. A bit of salt and pepper along with some Dash spices then covered my ribs tightly and put in the oven at about 300 to 325 degrees for about 3 hours to slow cook. If you like spicy like i like spicy, then add a couple of jalapeno peppers uncut into the ribs mix. I check my food in the oven regularly to ensure the food does not dry out and if it does then add more liquid in this case Dr. Pepper soda.
I made a side dish of Potato Salad and added some Lime Mint Elderflower mineral water from Whole Foods grocery store. I typically cook with Pellegrino mineral water however on this occasion decided to use the flavored mineral water. The potato salad that I made was simple, it contained potatoes, boiled eggs, mayonnaise, little bit of mustard, salt, pepper, celery and some lime mint elderflower mineral water added after all the other ingredients. Adding the lime mint elderflower after the potato salad ingredients are mixed helps to make sure that I not make the potato salad watery.
Three hours later bam tender Dr. Pepper ribs are ready to get out the oven. If you like your ribs with a crispy top, after the ribs are ready, drain the ribs juice from the cooking container into a bowl for later use and put the ribs back into the oven and put the oven on Broiler for a couple of minutes to get the crispy top. The Dr. Pepper soda ribs sauce you drained from the ribs can be poured in with the crispy ribs. Bam. Ready to eat with ribs on my plate next to my potato salad and some bread to soak up the juice. The potato salad was a good side dish that balanced the meal. Don’t forget the bread. You have got to have the bread to dab some of that sauce with.