Jim’s Secret Family Recipe Ribs


  • 2 racks pork baby back ribs (about 5 pounds)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 liter lemon-lime soda
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened pineapple or orange juice, optional
  • 1/2 cup sugar or packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup honey mustard
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce of choice
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons white vinegar


  • Brush ribs with soy sauce. Combine oregano, onion powder and garlic powder; rub over both sides of ribs. Transfer to a large shallow roasting pan; refrigerate, covered, overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 225°. Add lemon-lime soda and, if desired, juice to roasting pan (do not pour over ribs). Bake, covered, until tender, about 3 hours.
  • Meanwhile, make barbecue sauce by dissolving sugar in hot water; combine with remaining ingredients, thinning with additional lemon-lime soda or juice if necessary. Reserve 1 cup for serving.
  • Remove ribs from oven; discard juices. Brush both sides with barbecue sauce. Grill ribs, covered, on a greased grill rack over low direct heat, turning and brushing occasionally with remaining sauce, until heated through, about 10 minutes. Cut into serving-size pieces; serve with reserved sauce.

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 483 calories, 27g fat (10g saturated fat), 102mg cholesterol, 1107mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 1g fiber), 30g protein.

Originally published as Jim’s “Secret Family Recipe” Ribs in Taste of Home June/July 2017

For more than 30 years, my brother-in-law Jim kept his famous ribs recipe a secret, much to the chagrin of my husband, Dennis. When he finally came around to sharing it, we loved it so much we just had to pass it along. This one’s for you, Jim! —Vicki Young, Brighton, Colorado

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