Coca-Cola Ribs are tender, juicy and so flavorful! A great meal to make on the grill that everyone will love. The perfect balance of sweet and savory. These hickory smoked baby back ribs will steal the show at your next cookout!
Smoked ribs are a cookout favorite and when you grill them with our homemade Coca-Cola glaze, they become finger-licking good! We served these for a family cookout and they disappeared in no time at all.
A few weeks ago we made Coca-Cola Chicken and it was so delicious. We knew the sauce would also be delicious on ribs so we gave it a try over the weekend. It’s definitely a keeper and quite possibly my favorite rib recipe, ever!
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How to Grill Coca-Cola Ribs:
- Pour two cans of Coca-Cola into a saucepan.
- Whisk in brown sugar, granulated garlic, thyme, salt, pepper and cornstarch.
- Bring to a boil, whisking until thickened.
- Set aside until cool.
- Pat ribs dry and place in a large rimmed sheet pan.
- Coat ribs in half of Coca-Cola sauce. Marinate 1 hour until ready to grill. Refrigerate if you are prepping ahead.
- Prepare a grill fire to about 350° with hickory for smoke flavor.
- Place ribs over direct heat for about 5 minutes, meat side down to sear.
- Flip ribs and brush with remaining sauce.
- Cook with the lid closed until ribs reach about 180°- 190° for tender and juicy ribs. Using a digital thermometer will ensure your ribs reach the desired temperature.
- Allow ribs to rest 10 minutes before slicing.
How to Store and Reheat:
Wrap cooled ribs in 2 layers of plastic wrap and a layer of foil. Store in refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Reheat ribs wrapped in foil in a 325° oven for 15 minutes or until ribs reach 145°.
We made these ribs for a crowd, if you are just feeding 2- 3 people, you can cut the Coca-Cola sauce recipe in half for one rack of ribs.
Coca-Cola glaze can be made a day in advance and refrigerated until ready to use.
Best Side Dishes for Ribs:
Grilled Corn on the Cob is so simple to make while you are grilling your main dish! Wrapped in foil and smothered in garlic butter!
Grilled Mexican Street Corn is another favorite. It’s just the most incredibly delicious and flavorful side dish. If you haven’t tried it yet, you are missing out!
Smoked Mac and Cheese is an amazing comfort food side dish that goes perfectly with ribs.
Cucumber Onion Salad is my new favorite summer side dish. Easy to make ahead and it’s always the first to disappear!
More Delicious Rib Recipes:
We love to make Dr Pepper Jalapeño BBQ Ribs when the whole family is coming for a cookout. We slice the ribs before grilling and they are sensational!
Peach BBQ Ribs are crazy delicious with a homemade sticky sweet sauce with a spicy kick. Our kids just can’t get enough of these!
Baby Back Ribs with Brown Sugar Dry Rub is a simple and delicious recipe that everyone loves. It’s one of our most requested recipes.
If you are looking for a simple and delicious rib recipe to try on the grill, you are going to love this Coca-Cola Ribs Recipe! Using baby back ribs with our quick and easy glaze is a surefire winner!
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Coca-Cola Ribs are tender, juicy and so flavorful! A great meal to make on the grill that everyone will love. The perfect balance of sweet and savory, these hickory smoked baby back ribs will steal the show at your next cookout!
- 3 racks baby back ribs
- 2 cans Coca-Cola (24 ounces)
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons granulated garlic
- 2 teaspoons dried thyme
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons black pepper
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- Add Coca-Cola to a saucepan and whisk in brown sugar, garlic, thyme, salt, pepper and cornstarch.
- Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly until thickened.
- Remove from heat and cool completely.
- Pat ribs dry and place on a rimmed baking sheet.
- Pour half of Coca-Cola Sauce over ribs and marinate 1 hour. Refrigerate if marinating ahead, up to 4 hours. Reserve remaining sauce for grilling.
- Prepare a grill fire to about 350° using hickory for smoke flavor.
- Place ribs, meat side down on the grill over direct fire for 5 minutes to sear.
- Flip ribs and move to indirect heat. Coat with remaining sauce and cook with the grill lid closed until ribs reach 180-190* internal temperature.
- Remove ribs from the grill and allow to rest 10 minutes before slicing.
Coca-Cola sauce can be made a day in advance and refrigerated until using.
To store leftover ribs, wrap in 2 layers of plastic wrap and a layer of foil. Remove plastic wrap and wrap in foil to reheat. Cook in a 235° oven for 25 minutes or until ribs reach 145°.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 365Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 674mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 19gProtein: 22g
Nutritional information is estimated and may not be accurate.