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Coca-Cola Spare Ribs

Best ever Coca-Cola Spare Ribs are sweet, savory and sticky. Oven baked or on the barbecue. Have the napkins ready for this one !

Coca-Cola Spare Ribs

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

These Coca-Cola Spare Ribs are absolutely the best ribs I have ever had. And have been making them for years.

I can honestly say that NO restaurant ribs have ever even come remotely close to these.

Coca-Cola Spare Ribs

This marinade, which is also used a basting, can be used for any kind of meat, lamb, beef, chicken, whatever you like sticky.

We prefer to buy ready cooked (plain, no flavoring added) or smoked ribs. However, now and then we also have raw spare ribs and we will then marinade the ribs first.

If marinating, leave for 4 hours or overnight preferably, turning your marinade container regularly.

Coca-Cola Spare Ribs

Just look at that ! Finger licking good and if your family are huge rib lovers, you will be better off making twice as many as usual. (just a suggestion 😉 )

Have a closer look – tender, juicy and you can just about see the stickiness !

Coca-Cola Spare Ribs

As I already mentioned the recipe below is for cooked spare ribs and the Marinade / Basing sauce is only used when doing the final cooking.

Please refer to your package for different cooking instructions when using raw ribs.

Coca-Cola Spare Ribs

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Coca-Cola Spare Ribs

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Marinade Cooling Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Best ever Coca-Cola Spare Ribs are sweet, savory and sticky. Oven baked or on the barbecue. Have the napkins ready for this one !



  • 2 t Fresh Ginger, finely grated
  • 4 t Fresh Garlic, crushed
  • 1 TB Fresh Rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1 Onion, small, finely chopped
  • 1 TB Fennel Seeds
  • 2 t Ground Cumin
  • 2 t Paprika
  • 4 cups Coca-Cola, regular, not light/diet
  • 1/2 cup Treacle Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Tomato Sauce, (thick Ketch-Up)


  • 3 kg Spare Ribs, cooked ( 6.5 pounds )
  • Salt and Black Pepper, to taste



  1. Place all the Marinade ingredients  into a medium saucepan – bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer, stirring now and then, until reduced to about 3 cups. Cool 30 minutes before use (if using as a Marinade)


  1. Pre-heat the oven to the maximum grill setting (these can be made on your Barbecue/Braai as well)
  2. 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 heated through and sticky
Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Servings Serving Size 500 grams
Amount Per Serving Calories 1749Total Fat 120gSaturated Fat 36gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 53gCholesterol 404mgSodium 1739mgCarbohydrates 85gFiber 2gSugar 73gProtein 82g

Nutrition value is not always accurate

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NB: Leftover (not used) marinade can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Recipe linked up at: WEEKEND POTLUCK – Sweet Little Bluebird

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Thursday 30th of June 2022

confirm for me is the t means " teaspoon" and TB means "tablespoon"

Linda Nortje

Friday 1st of July 2022

Correct, Annamae !

Ann D Niessen

Wednesday 29th of December 2021

When cooking in the oven, how many degrees F would "maximum grilling setting" be?

Linda Nortje

Thursday 30th of December 2021

Ann, turn your oven to 450 - 500 degrees F and you are all set

Nicky @ Pink Recipe Box

Friday 19th of July 2013

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:


Saturday 15th of June 2013

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


Wednesday 9th of January 2013

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

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