Sweet Cola Ribs

The Neelys say, "These ribs will blow you away. The smoke and indirect heat leave you with deliciously tender ribs while the cola packs[ a punch of unexpected sweetness. Our secret is removing the fatty membrane from the ribs before cooking and glazing them to sweet perfection at the end of the grill time. Perfection!"]

Total Time:
15 hr 10 min
Prep:
15 min
Inactive:
12 hr
Cook:
2 hr 55 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Sweet Cola Barbecue Sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 can cola
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Dry Rub:
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 racks pork spare ribs (about 3 pound each)
Directions
Watch how to make this recipe. For the sauce:
  • In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, add oil. Once heated, add the onion and garlic and saute until tender. Add all the remaining sauce ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook uncovered, stirring frequently, for 1 hour 15 minutes.

  • For the dry rub:

  • Whisk all dry ingredients together in a small bowl. This can be stored up to 6 months in an airtight container.

  • For the ribs:

  • Rinse and dry ribs. Place on a clean cutting board, pull off the membrane and trim the ribs of excess fat. Liberally season both sides of the ribs with rub. Wrap ribs with plastic wrap and refrigerate 4 to 12 hours so flavors can permeate.

  • Preheat grill to 250 degrees F. using hickory and charcoal. Set up your grill for indirect heat.

  • Place ribs, meatier side down, on the grill away from the coals. Close grill cover. Cook the pork ribs for 1 hour 15 minutes; flipping several times for even cook. *Coat ribs with Sweet Cola Barbecue Sauce and cook for another 20 minutes.

  • *Reserve some of the sauce for dipping when the ribs are served.


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