How to Marinate Ribs in Coke

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How to Marinate Ribs in Coke
Marinate ribs in Coca-Cola. (ITStock Free/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Marinating ribs is an essential step to a delicious barbecued meal. An interesting twist to a traditional rib marinade is using Coca-Cola to tenderise the ribs by breaking down their fibres. The carbonated beverage will provide a sweet flavour, but the meaty flavour will overpower the Coke so it is not too intense. The ribs will taste divine with the smoked barbecue flavour.

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Things you need

  • Pork dry rub
  • Re-sealable plastic bag
  • Grill
  • Plate

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  1. 1

    Season the rack of ribs with 3 tbsp of your favourite dry pork rub. Place the seasoned ribs in a resealable plastic bag.

  2. 2

    Pour 2 cups of Coca-Cola in the plastic bag with the seasoned ribs. Place the bag in the refrigerator and allow it to marinate overnight, for up to 24 hours.

  3. 3

    Turn on your grill or smoker and allow it to preheat. Remove the ribs from the refrigerator. Place the ribs on a plate and season with dry pork rub.

  4. 4

    Place the ribs on the grill or the smoker. Baste the ribs regularly with the remaining Coca-Cola during the cooking process.

Tips and warnings

  • Heat your smoker to 107 degrees C, or 93.3 degrees C if the ribs are wrapped in tinfoil, and allow the ribs to cook for 4 hours at this temperature. If you don't have a smoker, you can simply cook the ribs on your barbecue or in the oven on a baking tray.

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