A twist from the classic ‘Chinese Coca Cola chicken wings’, made with baby back ribs. Sweet, sticky and slightly spicy – these Coca Cola ribs will really hit the spot.

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Braised coca cola chicken wings was a very common thing growing up, we drink cola why not eat it too. Seriously though, what kid didn’t love sweet and sticky chicken wings made with coke? I’m sure it was an Asian thing and it was weird, but I didn’t care – loved it and still do.

 

Sweet & Spicy Coca Cola Ribs

 

If you recall, I am still living out of my chest freezer (going on 3 weeks now!) so you can imagine my disappointment when I couldn’t muster up a few measly chicken wings in the freezer, but I’m all about improvising as long as it doesn’t impact taste and flavour and guess what I found? Baby back ribs!

 

I bet you’re wondering why the heck I have so much meats in the freezer in the first place? No, I’m not preparing for the zombie apocalypse – although I have toyed with the idea. It’s because I act like a bear in the winter time and I hoard foods so I can hibernate and never go out! Sad but true fact.

 

Sweet & Spicy Coca Cola Ribs

 

I opted to bake these ribs, instead of grilling them because our humidex sky rocketed this week and hanging out outside with a sweaty butt didn’t seem very appealing to me but I definitely will be testing these out on the grill as well so stay tuned for grilling instructions!

 

 

INGREDIENTS

Most of these ingredients can be found at your a local grocery store except maybe for the fish sauce which can be found at a Asian grocery store.

 

 

Sweet & Spicy Coca Cola Ribs

 

I don’t recommend buying fish sauce online solely because we have no way of knowing how it will be packaged and what condition it will arrive in – and if that bottle spills or breaks, the stink will be gross. We don’t want to go there.

You can substitute the fish sauce with soy sauce in a pinch.

 

Sweet & Spicy Coca Cola Ribs

 

Hot sauce is optional. We used Sabal Olek, and to be honest it wasn’t super duper spicy. If you enjoy a spicier rib or have a preference of hot sauce – switch up the hot sauce.

 

For this recipe, we used our Coffee Dry Rub. You can use our rub, or swap it with something you have or enjoy at home. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

PUTTING IT TOGETHER

Removing the Silver Skin Membrane – Always Do It, Seriously.

All ribs come with a membrane against the bone. It’s called a silver skin, and it can be tricky to remove but there is a neat trick that makes it easier to remove, so there’s no excuse not to do it! ๐Ÿ˜›

Why would you remove it? Usually for 2 reasons:
  • Texture – it makes the ribs softer and less chewy since the skin has a bit of a give. Personally this doesn’t bug me, in fact I actually love a bit of a chew/give with ribs.
  • Flavour – This is my main reason for removing it. The skin acts as a impenetrable shield for flavour. It literally feels like a thin sheet of rubber. When you remove it, the meat gets exposed and the rub and sauces can actually penetrate the meat!
How do you do it?
  1. Flip the ribs on the back so the bone is facing up.
  2. Grab a small knife and try to cut a piece of the skin off the meat. Aim for the corners or sides.
    Sweet & Spicy Coca Cola Ribs
  3. The skin is slippery, so grabbing it with your bare hand and ripping will usually cause frustration and you probably won’t rip much off as well. A trick I learned was to use paper towel! Use a piece of paper towel to grip onto the skin and then pull the skin off.
    Sweet & Spicy Coca Cola Ribs
Preparing the Ribs
  1. Once the skin has been removed, use some oil and lightly coat the ribs.
  2. Add the dry rub on liberally. (We used our ‘All Purpose Coffee Rub‘)
    Sweet & Spicy Coca Cola Ribs
  3. Once the rub is on – Foil it! We will essentially be steaming this bad boy in it’s own juices.
    Sweet & Spicy Coca Cola Ribs
Ready, Set, Bake!
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 250F (121C). We want to bake this low and slow for soft and tender ribs.
  2. The rack of ribs we used was huge, so we didn’t have a proper rack for it so we had to improvise. If you have a oven safe pan with a rack big enough – Awesome, use it! Otherwise, you can use foil balls on a cookie sheet as an alternative method.
    Sweet & Spicy Coca Cola Ribs
  3. Once the foil balls or rack is setup, put the ribs on top and put it in the oven. Set a timer for it for 2 hours and 45 minutes to 3 hours. Our ribs will have a different thickness, so adjust the time accordingly. You may need to put it for an extra 15 minutes or reduce it by 15 minutes. You will know the ribs are done when they are soft and jiggly – borderline falling apart.
Sauce It!
  1. In a food processor, blitz the garlic, shallots and ginger. (If you’re a keener, you can grate it! I find grating gives a much smoother sauce but it’s a little bit more work)
    Sweet & Spicy Coca Cola Ribs
  2. Set the stove to medium low heat
  3. In a frying pan or wok, add in 2-3 tablespoon of oil and wait for it to get hot.
  4. Add in the garlic/ginger/shallot mixture and brown it. Keep stirring, garlic burns quickly – especially near the edges of the pan.
    Sweet & Spicy Coca Cola Ribs
  5. When it has browned, add in the rest of the sauce ingredients and cook it for 15-20 minutes until it has reduced and has slightly thickened.
    Note: Ketchup, coke and all that jazz splatters like it’s nobody’s business, so be careful with the splattery hot sugar molten lava.
    Sweet & Spicy Coca Cola Ribs
  6. When the sauce has slightly thickened, turn off the heat and wait for the ribs to finish cooking in the oven.
The Grand Finale!
  1. Once the ribs have finished cooking, remove it from the foil. (Don’t throw out the juices! That stuff is gold! We added it to the sauce!)
  2. Slather the sauce (on the front and back) on the ribs
    Sweet & Spicy Coca Cola Ribs
  3. Set the oven to broil and bake it for 5 minutes each side.
  4. Slather on more sauce and repeat the process of putting it in the oven for 5 minutes to caramelize.
    (We did this about 2-3 times since we like our ribs sticky and messy, but be careful how often you broil it – you don’t want to over cook the ribs and dry them out.)
  5. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Sweet & Spicy Coca Cola Ribs

Sweet & Spicy Coca Cola Ribs

 

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Sweet & Spicy Coca Cola Ribs


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  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings
  • Category: Main
  • Cuisine: Asian, American

Description

A twist from the classic โ€˜Chinese Coca Cola chicken wingsโ€™, made with baby back ribs. Sweet, sticky and slightly spicy โ€“ these Coca Cola ribs will really hit the spot.


Ingredients

Coca Cola Sauce

  • 1 can coca cola (355ml)
  • 1 x 1 cm ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 small shallots (or 1 small onion)
  • 1 tablespoon chinese cooking wine (or dry sherry, or white wine)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fish sauce (or soy sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 2 tablespoon of sambel olek (or any hot sauce of your choice)

Instructions

Preparing the Ribs

  1. Remove the silver skin membrane on the ribs. (Instructions are in the blog post)
  2. Once the skin has been removed, use some oil and lightly coat the ribs.
  3. Add the dry rub on liberally. (We used our โ€˜All Purpose Coffee Rubโ€˜)
  4. Once the rub is on โ€“ Foil it! We will essentially be steaming this bad boy in itโ€™s own juices.

Ready, Set, Bake!

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 250F (121C). We want to bake this low and slow for soft and tender ribs.
  2. Put the foiled ribs on a oven safe pan with a rack. If you don’t have a big enough rack and pan, you can use foil balls on a cookie sheet as an alternative method.
  3. Put it in the oven. Set a timer for it for 2 hours and 45 minutes to 3 hours. Our ribs will have a different thickness, so adjust the time accordingly. You may need to put it for an extra 15 minutes or reduce it by 15 minutes. You will know the ribs are done when they are soft and jiggle โ€“ borderline falling apart.

Sauce It!

  1. In a food processor, blitz the garlic, shallots and ginger. (If youโ€™re a keener, you can grate it! I find grating gives a much smoother sauce but itโ€™s a little bit more work)
  2. Set the stove to medium low heat
  3. In a frying pan or wok, add in 2-3 tablespoon of oil and wait for it to get hot.
  4. Add in the garlic/ginger/shallot mixture and brown it. Keep stirring, garlic burns quickly โ€“ especially near the edges of the pan.
  5. When it has browned, add in the rest of the sauce ingredients and cook it for 15-20 minutes until it has reduced and has slightly thickened.
  6. When the sauce has slightly thickened, turn off the heat and wait for the ribs to finish cooking in the oven.

The Grande Finale!

  1. Once the ribs have finished cooking, remove it from the foil. (Donโ€™t throw out the juices! That stuff is gold! Add it to the sauce!)
  2. Slather the sauce (on the front and back) on the ribs
  3. Set the oven to broil and bake it for 5 minutes each side.
  4. Slather on more sauce and repeat the process of putting it in the oven for 5 minutes to caramelize.(We did this about 2-3 times since we like our ribs sticky and messy, but be careful how often you broil it โ€“ you donโ€™t want to over cook the ribs and dry them out.)
  5. Enjoy!ย ๐Ÿ™‚

Notes

  • Ketchup, coke and all the sugary condiments splatters like itโ€™s nobodyโ€™s business, so be careful when you’re stirring the splattery sauce.
  • Hot sauce is optional. We used Sabal Olek, and to be honest it wasnโ€™t super duper spicy. If you enjoy a spicier rib or have a preference of hot sauce โ€“ switch up the hot sauce.
  • You will get a more flavourful rib if you remove the silver skin membrane. (Instructions on how to remove it is in the blog post)
  • All Purpose Coffee Dry Rub ย –ย https://pupswithchopsticks.com/all-purpose-coffee-dry-rub/

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Serving
  • Calories: 611 kcal
  • Sugar: 11 g
  • Sodium: 1936 mg
  • Fat: 34 g
  • Carbohydrates: 16 g
  • Protein: 62 g

 

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18 thoughts on “Sweet & Spicy Coca Cola Ribs”

  1. I have seen cola pork joints before, but not ribs. Sounds like a new way to try ribs!

    1. These cola pork joints you speak of! :O I never heard of them but now you have piqued my interest! ๐Ÿ˜€ Definitely need to find one!

  2. I’m actually SO happy you did these coca cola ribs in the oven! For some reason, grilling ribs sounds more intimidating than baking them and I only ever see grilling recipes. Definitely tucking this ribs recipe away for when I want to spoil the hubby!!!

    1. Yeaaaaaa standing by the grill in a heatwave with a sweaty butt didn’t seem appealing. haha I will have a grilled version as well so when you’re ready to face the grill you can switch it up! ๐Ÿ™‚ Fingers crossed Mikaela!

  3. These ribs look AMAZING! And ribs are the perfect summer dinner, can’t wait to try this recipe!

    1. Hope you enjoy them! ๐Ÿ™‚ and have a awesome summer! ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. My husband just used your recipe to smoke some ribs. I think they’re some of the best he’s ever done. This recipe is a keeper!

    1. I am SO happy to hear this!! ๐Ÿ™‚ You really made my day! My next step is to smoke these to see how they turn out! Now I am super excited to try this smoked!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks Denise!

  5. i didn’t have coke wings as a kid, but i’m sure i would have loved them, since i basically crave korean fried chicken all the time. that sweet/salty balance is so perfect ๐Ÿ˜ these sound just as tasty, and i can’t get over how good that bark looks!!!

    1. Me too! :O Gosh I definitely have a unhealthy obsession with sweet and salty right now haha

  6. Oh what a yummy dish, you invented this sweet and spicy coca-cola ribs recipe, I will do it in this weekend, share the goodies with my friends . Ha, I am not squeamish in getting my hands to eat each rib. Thank you.

    1. I hope everyone enjoys it! ๐Ÿ™‚ I myself am quite a messy eater haha

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