How to Marinate Ribs in Coke

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Things You'll Need

  • Pork dry rub

  • Re-sealable plastic bag

  • Grill

  • Plate

Marinate ribs in Coca-Cola.

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.


Step 1

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

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Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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


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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