What's more American than Coca-Cola? Our nation's favorite soft drink also makes a great marinade thanks to all those sugars and spices. If you want fall-off-the-bone ribs for your Memorial Day BBQ but don't have the time to cook them for hours, this may be the only rib recipe you'll ever need.
I didn't believe that when I first read the recipe and saw the ribs were parboiled. I am a bit of a barbecue purist who believes in slow cooking, smoking or grilling ribs over low heat. The idea of boiling seemed crazy to me. Wouldn't it remove some of that great pork flavor? But my friend Chef David Lawrence convinced me to give this recipe a try and now I'm sold. It really reduces the cooking time and you get very tender, fall-apart ribs.
So when you want ribs but don't have the time to smoke or slow cook them, this is a good option. Or if parboiling seems like a sin or you really want that extra smoky goodness, then simply modify this recipe by slow cooking in a 250 degree oven or toss on your smoker at 225 degrees.
Related: Ah, refreshing! 15 icy, chilly, frosty sweet treats for summer
FOR THE RIBS
1 (1.5 liter) bottle of Coca-Cola (not diet!)
1 large onion, quartered
6 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
2 racks baby back ribs (about 4 pounds)
FOR THE SAUCE
2/3 stick unsalted butter
1 small white onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup ketchup
1½ tablespoons yellow mustard
¼ cup dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 (12 ounce) can Coca-Cola (not diet!)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
In a large pot, add the (1.5 liter) bottle of Coca-Cola, onion, garlic, bay leaves and peppercorns. Add the ribs and, if necessary a bit of water just to ensure the ribs are submerged completely. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer, turning the ribs occasionally, until the meat pulls away from the bone, about 1 hour.
Meanwhile, to make the sauce, combine the butter, onion, garlic, ketchup, mustard, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and (12 ounces) Coca-Cola in large heavy sauce pan. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Simmer for about 25 minutes stirring often until sauce is thickened and reduced. Season to taste with salt and pepper and let cool slightly. Using a blender, puree the sauce.
Note: Sauce can be made up to 5 days ahead and stored in the refrigerator in an air-tight container.
For the last part of this recipe, visit Babble's Family Kitchen.
MORE ON BABBLE:
Read it and eat! 12 treats inspired by your kids' favorite books
12 fun foods with faces! Make the most out of playing with your food
Hand it over! 14 snacks moms can eat with one hand
Worried about what your kids eat? 20 great (and healthy) alternatives for their favorite snacks
Our happiest meals! 8 recipes that make our kids smile
Get updated on all the best recipes. Follow Family Kitchen on Facebook and Twitter.