Cola Ribs

cola ribs

I’ve been doing some more experiments with BBQ cooking, and this time it was with spareribs, not baby back ribs. Of course, this recipe would work fine for baby back ribs, too. Although I prefer baby back ribs, I find spare ribs quite tasty, also. Actually, I like any kind of pork ribs or beef ribs if they’re cooked right. Before yesterday, I had never used a cola marinade for pork ribs, although I’ve used it for cured ham and for beef several times. You can use any brand of cola for this, although I prefer Coca-Cola, perhaps because I’m from Georgia.

Holle’s Cola Ribs recipe

What you’ll need:

  • 2 slabs spare ribs
  • 4 cups cola
  • ½ cider cup vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • Whole peppercorns, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup minced onion
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Directions: Remove tough skin from back of ribs and place in a large roasting pan. Cover ribs with 3 ½ cups cola and add cider vinegar, garlic, and pepper corns. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Remove ribs from marinade and pat dry. Fill water pan with water. Smoke ribs at 225 degrees for 3-4 hours over hickory or oak, until ribs are tender but not falling apart.

While the ribs are smoking, make the sauce. Melt butter in a pan and sauté onion until soft. Add remaining ½ cup of cola and bring mixture to a boil. Boil for two minutes, while stirring.

Reduce heat and add remaining ingredients. Simmer until sauce thickens.

When ribs are almost done, remove them from the smoker and place them on a foil-lined pan or baking sheet. Generously cover ribs in cola barbecue sauce and broil in the oven until both sides of spareribs are brown, turning once. I like to spoon more cola barbecue sauce on the cooked ribs!