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Coca Cola Spare Ribs Recipe

Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
6.5 hours
2 racks of ribs will feed 2-4 adults depending on appetites
In this Recipe

The refreshing sweet and spicy flavors of a can of Coca Cola on a hot summer day are one of life’s great pleasures. With this recipe, we put that can of Coca Cola to use to make a sweet and spicy BBQ sauce to add extra flavor to St Louis style Spare Ribs. Give this recipe a try at home and enjoy a taste of summer…even if it’s not summer when you make this recipe!


  • 2 rack St. Louis Style Spare Ribs (cut in half – also works with Baby Back Ribs if desired)
  • 2 can Coca Cola
  • 2 clove Garlic (minced)
  • 1 Yellow Onion (chopped)
  • 2 cup Ketchup
  • .5 cup White Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • Pork BBQ Seasoning (we like our Custom Culinary Pork Barbeque Spice)


  1. Preheat your grill or smoker to 225°F and set up for indirect cooking. Fill a drip pan with water and place under the cooking surface. Add your favorite woodchips (we like cherry) for smoke.

  2. Liberally season your ribs with BBQ season and rub into the meat. Place the ribs directly onto the cooking surface and cook for 3 hours at 225°. Note – we are following our 3-2-1 Rib Recipe for cooking. To watch a video on how we make these ribs, click here.

  3. After 3 hours of cooking, pack each individual half rack of ribs in aluminum foil and pour about 1/4 of a can of Coca-Cola into the foil with the ribs. Wrap the ribs up and return to the cooker. Cook the wrapped ribs for 2 hours at 225°F.

  4. While ribs are cooking, make the Coca Cola BBQ Sauce by heating the oil in a medium pan. Once the oil is hot, add the onion and garlic and cook until soft. Once the vegetables are soft, add 1 can Coca Cola, as well as the ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar and chili powder. Stir to combine and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer and let cook for 1 hour. Remove from the stove and let cool before serving.

  5. After the ribs have cooked for 2 hours in foil, remove them from the foil and brush with the Coca Cola BBQ Sauce. Place them back on the grill surface and cook for 1 more hour at 225°, brushing again with the Coca Cola BBQ Sauce after 30 minutes.

  6. Once done cooking, remove the ribs from the grill, brush with more Coca Cola BBQ Sauce, if desired, and enjoy!

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2 Reviews for Coca Cola Spare Ribs

    I tried this recipe and it was the best ribs I’ve ever smoked thank you

      Thanks so much Gary, we’re glad you enjoyed it!