6.12.2013

Cherry Cola Glazed Ribs






I'm not sure if the old man is getting burgers for Father's Day or these "bone suckin'" ribs.

The cherry cola glaze is finger licking fabulous and so easy to make.  Who needs bottled sauce?




48 ounces (1.5 liters) Cherry cola (flat)
1 1/2 cups cherry preserves
2/3 cup spicy brown mustard
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 racks Pork Spare Ribs (about 7 lbs)
Salt and pepper




Start off by pouring the cherry cola into a bowl and let stand until the soda is flat or all of the fizzy is gone.

If you don't like cola drinks you can use any cherry soda.




This could take a few hours.  It's not a big deal if it seems to have a bit of fizz left.




Meanwhile, trim the ribs by removing the silver skin on the back and removing any excess fat.

I need to mention how much I hate getting that silver skin off the back.  It seriously can take me hours.  How on earth do people just pull it off in one sheet?  I have tried all kinds of hints.  Even using  a screw driving to lift the membrane from the ribs.  I'm up for any suggestions.




Place each rack on a large sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil.

Sprinkle with salt.




 and fresh ground pepper.




Tightly seal the aluminum foil around the ribs.  Place on a baking sheet and put into a preheated 325 F degree oven.  Bake for 2 hours or until meat is tender.




While the ribs are baking prepare the glaze.

Pour the flat cola into a large heavy sauce pan.




Bring to a boil and let simmer for about 45 minutes or until reduced to 2 cups.




 You can eyeball it or to be sure pour the reduced cola into a measuring cup to be certain.

Am I good or what.




Pour the reduce cola back into the pan.




Add cherry preserves.




3 tablespoons of soy sauce.




2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar.




If you use 2/3 cup spicy brown mustard the glaze will have a good kick to it.  To soften the heat you can add equal parts of spicy brown and Dijon.







You know I love my heat, but I thought I would reduce it a bit on tonight's ribs.




Whisk to blend.




Bring to a slow simmer and cook until thick and reduced to about 2 1/2 - 3 cups.

This can be made a few days in advance and refrigerated until ready to use.  Now that's a plus.





Remove the ribs from the oven and carefully  unwrap the foil.




I like to cut the large racks in half.  It just makes it easier to handle on the grill.  Especially if the ribs and beginning to fall of the meat.




Brush the ribs with glaze on both sides.




Place on a hot grill.  Grill until glazed and brown for about 5 minutes per side.




I like to brush more glaze over the ribs each time I turn them.

Watch them close.  The glaze is loaded with sugar that can burn.







Remove ribs from the grill and allow to sit for about 15 minutes before carving.




Slice between each rib bone.





Slather with a little more sauce.





Serve with remaining sauce.  The more the better.  I like to just dip the whole rib right into the bowl.




You'll suck the bones dry.


Cherry Cola Glazed Ribs

48 ounces (1.5 liters) Cherry cola (flat)
1 1/2 cups cherry preserves
2/3 cup spicy brown mustard
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 racks Pork Spare Ribs (about 7 lbs)
Salt and pepper

Boil cherry cola in heavy large saucepan over medium heat until reduced to 2 cups.  About 45 minutes.  Stir in cherry preserves, mustard, soy sauce and apple cider vinegar.  Bring to a simmer and cook until reduced to about 2 1/2 - 3 cups or about 30 minutes.  Remove from heat and transfer to a serving bowl.  Can be made a few days in advance and refrigerated.  Rewarm before use.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Sprinkle ribs with salt and pepper.  Wrap each rack in heavy duty aluminum foil and close tightly.  Place each foil pack on a separate baking sheet and bake for 2 hours or until meat is tender.  Remove from foil packs and cut each rack in half.  Brush with glaze.  Place on a hot grill and cook about 5 minutes on each side.  Brush with glaze with each turn.  Cook until browned and glazed.  Remove from heat.  Allow to sit 15 minutes before cutting.  Cut between each bone and serve with remaining glaze.  Serves 6.   (inspired by Bon Appetit or Gourmet years ago)


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16 comments:

  1. Oh my - I have to give this one a try! We do love our ribs! Here is what I do to remove the membrane - once I get it lifted I use a paper towel to grasp it securely and then pull. You might have to do two or three pulls on the whole rib, but the paper towel keeps it in your hand and really helps.
    Cheers!

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    1. Fabulous tip. I'll give it a try. Thanks so much.

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  2. Those look so good!
    Janet, we don't have cherry flavored sodas in Argentina, if I use regular cola with some extra cherry preserve will work? Or is going to be too sweet?

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    1. Yes, just use regular cola. You don't need to add extra cherry preserve. You probably would never notice a difference.

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  3. I'll need to make these - they look so glazey and smooth!

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    1. ...with a kick. I hope you give them a try.

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  4. We made these for Father's Day. Sooooooo good! Thanks Janet!

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    1. Thanks Lindy. That Sam is such a great daddy. Miss you guys.

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  5. Will use this sauce to finish some racks on the grill after I lo & slo bbq them in my off-set smoker. The paper towel tip to remove the membrane does work. Been doing that for years - it saves a LOT of time! Just be sure to pull sideways, not straight up!

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    1. lo & slo in a smoker is the best. I'd love a rack of your ribs. Thanks for the tip. I'll practice more on my pulling skills.

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  6. I made the sauce, but it wasn't thick. Did I mess up or is not as thick as BBQ sauce?

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    1. Hi Jackie, the sauce is not as thick as the bottled bbq sauce purchased in stores. If you would like it thicker, just continue to boil. As the sauce reduces it will become quite thick.

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  7. Thank you! I will remember this when I make them next time. On a personal note, did your youngest son get married? On one of your post you said you wanted to match him up. I feel the same way about my youngest daughter. She's 20. Maybe we should match them up.

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    1. Ha ha ha. Believe it or not he's engaged and getting married in Sept. Your daughter is still so young. He's an old guy...27. I would have been up for the match however :)

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  8. Can you do this totally in the oven?

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    1. Absolutely. Just unwrap the foil and pour on the bbq sauce. Continue to bake until the glaze thickens well over the ribs.

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