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December 27, 2012

Coca Cola Spare Ribs

Coca-Cola Spare Ribs

Sweet/savory and sticky !  That is the way I like my spare ribs ... and Coca Cola - oh yes, this is me!!!

This marinade can be used for any kind of meat, lamb, beef, chicken, whatever you like sticky.  It can also be used only as a basting sauce, which is how we made these ribs. If marinating, leave for 4 hours or overnight, turning your marinade container regularly.

I served the ribs with Coca-Cola Onion Rings - recipe below:

Coca-Cola Spare Ribs

{after reducing, this recipe will give you about 3 cups of marinade/baste}

2 t Ginger, crushed
4 t Garlic, crushed
1 TB Rosemary, finely chopped
1 Onion, finely chopped
1 TB Fennel Seeds
2 t Ground Cumin
2 t Paprika
4 cups Coca-Cola
1/2 cup Treacle Sugar
3/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 cup Tomato Sauce

3 medium Spare-Ribs
Salt & Freshly ground Black Pepper

1.) Pre-heat the oven to the maximum grill setting  {these can be made on your BBQ/Braai as well}
2.) Place all the ingredients {except the Spare Ribs and Salt/Pepper} into a medium pot - bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer, stirring now and then, until reduced to about 3 cups - cool 30 minutes before use.
3.) Place the Spare Ribs on a roasting pan {or BBQ/Braai} - season with Salt and Pepper - brush liberally with the marinade and grill, turning regularly and basting with more of the marinade, until cooked through and caramelized.

Serve with lots and lots of serviettes ! 

NB: Leftover marinade can be stored in the refrigerator.

Coca-Cola Onion Rings

1 cup Flour
Pinch of Salt
Just enough Coca-Cola to make a yoghurt-like consistency
Sliced Onion Rings
Extra Flour for coating
Oil for deep-fry

1.) Mix the Flour and Salt - add Coca-Cola until you have a batter with the consistency of yoghurt.
2.) Coat the Onion Rings in Flour, dip into the batter and deep fry until golden - drain on paper towels and serve.


  1. Replies
    1. I love that you made the onion ring batter with coke too - I must try it!!

  2. Wow and wow. Looks delicious. Stopping by from Salt Tree.

  3. These look delicious, my kind of ribs. Happy New Year,
    Wanda Ann @ memoriesbythemile,com

  4. All 3 links I thought look most appetizing over at Thriving Thursdays were yours!! If only my food at home were this good!!!

  5. Hi Linda,
    These Spare Ribs will just melt in my mouth. Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  6. YUMMM, I LOVE spare ribs!! I'm pinning these to give them a try. Thanks for sharing them at Think Tank Thursday!

  7. Linda, thanks for your contributions to the big BBQ. Cheers

  8. I very rarely cook ribs, but I can't pass up the chance to try this recipe! And Coca Cola onion rings - seriously?! What an amazing idea! I'd be thrilled if you'd come over to Pink Recipe Box and link this up at Creative Wednesdays:


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