How to Marinate Ribs in Coke

Updated April 17, 2017

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.

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

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.

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.

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


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.

Things You'll Need

  • Pork dry rub
  • Re-sealable plastic bag
  • Grill
  • Plate
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Based in South Florida, Beth Swanson has been writing professionally since 2005. Her articles have been published in the magazines “Kiwi," “Natural Home,” “Clean Eating,” “Palm Beacher," the “Miami New Times” and several other publications. Swanson earned a Master of Arts degree in integrated marketing communication from the University of Colorado at Boulder.