Rub and Ribs:
2 tablespoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper. (Gives a little spice) Eliminate if not wanted.
1 tablespoon sweet paprika
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 pounds baby back pork ribs
1 (12-ounce) bottle root beer
1 (18-ounce) jar barbecue sauce
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon espresso powder
1. Preheat oven to 400F.
2. To make the rub, combine first 5 ingredients. Rub spice mixture over ribs. Place ribs in roasting pan or Dutch oven.
3. Pour root beer into bottom of pan (not over the ribs). Cover pan tightly with foil. Bake ribs for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, until tender and browned.
4. To make the sauce, stir barbecue sauce, water, brown sugar and espresso powder in a heavy saucepan. Cook 10 minutes.
5. Heat grill to medium heat. Keep the flare ups down as much as possible. Brush ribs with sauce. Grill ribs until heated through, about 3-5 minutes per side. Serve ribs with remaining sauce.