How to Marinate Ribs in Coke

Marinate ribs in Coca-Cola.
Marinate ribs in Coca-Cola. (Image: ITStock Free/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Marinating ribs is an essential step to a delicious barbecued meal. An interesting twist to a traditional rib marinade is using Coca-Cola to tenderize the ribs by breaking down their fibers. The carbonated beverage will provide a sweet flavor, but the meaty flavor will overpower the Coke so it is not too intense. The ribs will taste divine with the smoked barbecue flavor.

Things You'll Need

  • Pork dry rub
  • Re-sealable plastic bag
  • Grill
  • Plate

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Season the rack of ribs with 3 tbsp. of your favorite dry pork rub. Place the seasoned ribs in a re-sealable plastic bag.

Pour 2 cups of Coca-Cola in the plastic bag with the seasoned ribs. Place the bag in the refrigerator and allow it to marinate overnight, for up to 24 hours.

Turn on your grill or smoker and allow it to preheat. Remove the ribs from the refrigerator. Place the ribs on a plate and season with dry pork rub.

Place the ribs on the grill or the smoker. Baste the ribs regularly with the remaining Coca-Cola during the cooking process.

Tips & Warnings

  • Heat your smoker to 225 degrees, or 200 degrees if the ribs are wrapped in tinfoil, and allow the ribs to cook for 4 hours at this temperature. If you don't have a smoker, you can simply cook the ribs on your barbecue or in the oven on a baking sheet.

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