Ribs And A Cherry Coke

DotMom used to make a barbecue chicken recipe — I’m pretty sure it’s in the “Mixing & Musing Cookbook” that had a barbecue sauce made from equal parts cola and ketchup. It was pretty darn tasty, and I’ve used it a few times myself over the years.

So when this recipe for ribs with a barbecue sauce made from cherry cola popped into my e-mail box via Pillsbury, I was immediately intrigued. I have to admit I’m not the biggest rib connoisseur, although Hubby Bryan has begun to make me a convert with fall-off-0the-bone ribs he’s been making lately. I might have to convince him to give this recipe a try.

Grilled Ribs with Cherry Cola Barbecue Sauce

Makes: 6 servings


5 to 6 pounds pork baby back ribs

1 teaspoon seasoned salt

1 teaspoon garlic pepper blend

½ teaspoon ground ginger

1 cup barbecue sauce

1 can (12 ounces) cherry cola

¼ cup cherry preserves

½ teaspoon ground mustard

1 to 2 teaspoons buffalo wing hot sauce or other hot sauce


1. Heat oven to 350. Cut ribs into serving-size sections. Rub ribs with seasoned salt, garlic pepper and ginger. Place ribs in 15- by 10-inch pan, overlapping slightly. Bake uncovered about 1½ hours or until tender.

2. Meanwhile, in 2-quart saucepan, mix barbecue sauce, cola, preserves, mustard and buffalo wing sauce. Heat to boiling; reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer uncovered 30 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until flavors are blended and sauce is slightly thickened.

3. Heat coals or gas grill for direct heat. Cover and grill ribs over medium heat 10 to 15 minutes, turning and brushing occasionally with barbecue sauce mixture to glaze.

4. Heat remaining barbecue sauce mixture to boiling; boil and stir 1 minute. Serve sauce with ribs.