Strawberry Chipotle Beef Ribs

Bruce and I have been married for over seven years.  I don’t think that he has decided to keep me because of my bubbly personality or my sweet smiling face.  Nope, it’s neither of those reasons….  I believe that it is all about the dishes that I make such as my Strawberry Chipotle Beef Ribs. These beef ribs are oven tender and smothered in an amazing homemade Strawberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce.  My Strawberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce is a crazy concoction of ingredients such as fresh strawberries, Dr. Pepper (yes, Dr. Pepper), Indonesian soy sauce and fiery chipotle peppers in adobo.  I figure that if I continue to make these ribs, Bruce just might keep me around for the rest of his life.  Make these ribs and prepare to be kept.  Makes about 4 servings.  Enjoy!  Tessa


  • 2 large racks beef ribs (about 7 pounds)
  • 1/4 c. Indonesian soy sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • Strawberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce (see recipe below)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Wash, trim and cut into individual beef ribs.  Toss ribs in a large bowl and drizzle on Indonesian Soy Sauce and rub with salt and pepper.  On a foil lined pan (or large cookie sheet) place ribs.  Cover with more foil and put in the oven.  Bake for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until tender.  Remove foil and brush with sauce.  Turn on the broiler and broil until sauce is slightly caramelized.  Turn ribs over and brush with more sauce.  Broil again until caramelized.  Place on serving platter.

Note:  You can easily make these ribs on your outdoor barbecue.  Just bake the ribs first so they are tender then you can finish them on the BBQ for a an outdoor smoky flavor!

Strawberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce

  • 1 lb. strawberries (cleaned, hulled and quartered)
  • 1 can Dr. Pepper
  • 1 c. tomato ketchup
  • 1/4 c. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 3 Tbls. Indonesian Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tbls. chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1 tsp. seasoning salt

Grab a medium saucepan and toss all the ingredients in.  Cook on low for about 45 minutes stirring occasionally.  Remove from heat and cool.  Makes about 2 1/2 – 3 cups sauce.

10 thoughts on “Strawberry Chipotle Beef Ribs

  1. cordless electric lawn mowers

    I think that my husband would love this dish..and you did such an amazing job! Looks amazing!!!

  2. Dorothy

    Hi I was wondering what the difference between Indonesian Soy Sauce and Regular Soy Sauce is? Thanks!

    1. Tessa

      Hi Dorothy! Indonesian Soy Sauce is a thick sweet soy sauce similar in texture to syrup or molasses. It’s called Kecap Manis and you can usually find it a your local Asian grocery store or on-line. I usually buy the medium if I can find it. Tessa

  3. Scott

    The sauce was DELICIOUS! The ribs however, shrank up to nothing, in just 1 hr. I have never made good beef ribs and I have tried many recipes. Please understand I am not downing this particular recipe, just beef ribs. I will be looking forward to smothering this sauce on some good ol’ pork! P.S. – If you can’t find Indonesian soy sauce (like me) there are some pretty simple recipes you can make it with using regular soy sauce.It is yummy.

    1. Tessa

      Hi Scott- I’m sorry that your beef ribs did not turn out as planned, however, I really liked the idea of putting the sauce on pork ribs… I found a quick and easy recipe for Indonesian style soy sauce for you. It’s adapted from a book called Taste of Southeast Asia by Barbara Hansen. Mix together 1/2 cup plus 1 Tbls. soy sauce, 1/4 c. packed brown sugar, 4 Tbls. dark corn syrup and 1 Tbls. molasses. And voila! you have Indonesian style soy sauce. Makes about a cup. I hope you don’t give up on the beef ribs, I’m thinking that maybe your oven is a bit hot, next time try baking them at a lower temperature. Thanks for stopping by! Tessa

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