Cola Barbecue Ribs

Cola Barbecue Ribs
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  • 20Servings


  • 2 1 1/2 liter bottle plus one 12-ounce can regular cola
  • 3 onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped, plus 1 cup smashed and peeled cloves (about 16)
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons black peppercorns
  • 4 racks baby back ribs (about 8 1/2 pounds), halved
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper


In a large pot, add 3 liters cola, one-third of the onions, the chopped garlic, bay leaves and peppercorns. Add the ribs and, if necessary, enough water to just cover; bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer, turning the ribs occasionally, until the meat pulls away from the bone, about 1 hour.

Meanwhile, in a large, heavy saucepan, combine the 12 ounces cola, smashed garlic cloves, butter, ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and the remaining onions; bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer, stirring often, until thickened, about 20 minutes. Let cool slightly. Using a blender, puree the sauce.

Preheat the grill or broiler to medium-high. Remove the ribs from the pot, pat dry, season with salt and pepper and brush with the sauce. Grill, turning often, until browned, about 8 minutes. Loosely tent the ribs with foil and let rest for 5 minutes before cutting into individual ribs.