Thursday, February 24, 2011

Coca-Cola Glazed Baby Back Ribs

Cooking ribs is my father-in-law's specialty.

Therefore I've always enjoyed his amazing ribs when we went to visit them or when my husband brought some home from their house. I was pretty comfortable with this situation. Then I got a new southern inspired cookbook (Bon Appetit Ya'll) and I decided to take the plunge and try it myself.  If you've lived in the south for any amount of time you've either made Coca Cola Glazed Ham or Coca Cola Cake so why not ribs?

It's also one of my husband's favorite foods so I guess I should also know how to make them.

The interesting part is that you cook the ribs in the oven not on the grill. Towards the end of its time in the oven you turn on the broiler and cook them.  Such an easy way to cook ribs and the delicious Coca Cola glaze was perfect. Now I don't have to go to my in-laws every time I want great ribs.

Coca-Cola Glazed Baby Back Ribs (From the cookbook Bon Appetit Ya'll)

1 cup Coca-Cola Classic
1/4 apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
2 Scotch bonnet chiles, chopped
2 racks baby back ribs (3 pounds total)
Course salt and freshly ground black pepper

To make the glaze, in a small saucepan, bring the Coca-Cola, vinegar and brown sugar, and chiles to a boil over high heat, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until syrupy, about 10 minutes.  Decrease the heat to low and keep the sauce warm while the ribs cook.  

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.  Liberally season both sides of the ribs with salt and pepper.  Place the ribs on a broiler pan and bake for 30 minutes, glazing the ribs occasionally with the Coca-Cola mixture.  Turn the ribs over and continue to cook for an additional 30 minutes, glazing occasionally, or until the ribs are tender and the meat is starting to pull away from the bone.  

When the ribs are cooked through, set the oven to broil.  Liberally spoon half of the remaining glaze over the ribs and broil until glazed a deep mahogany brown, 5 to 7 minutes.  Turn over; repeat with the remaining glaze, and additional 5 to 7 minutes.  Serve immediately with lots of napkins.


  1. Oh Oh OH, these ribs sound fantastic! I have never heard of glazing with coca cola but I imagine the taste is out of this world. :)

  2. These ribs look good and coco cola glaze sounds interesting :).

  3. Oh, gosh, these look divine!!! Love that you don't need to fire up the ours is covered with snow!

  4. I love ribs...and have to say, this is one of the best ways to use Coke! Gorgeous!

  5. Want to know a secret? I'm the pusher of super healthy food in our house but I secretly love cooking with pop. If you use it to deglaze the pan it's absolutely divine. I must try your Coke Ribs, they look incredible.

  6. These look wonderful! I can't wait to try them!

  7. is it possible to find food sexy? Seriously, these look so tasty and divine. Love the color on them.

  8. I totally find raw meat sexy.

  9. What a different recipe! Sounds delicious to me! Also looks great with this brown color

  10. "is it possible to find food sexy? Seriously, these look so tasty and divine. Love the color on them. " Agree.


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