Cherry Cola Babyback Ribs

Discussion in 'Pork' started by mneeley490, Feb 16, 2015.

  1. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I could have sworn I posted a thread like this a couple years ago, but I can't find it now. 

    Cherry Cola ribs was one of the first things I remember trying when I first started seriously smoking and bbq a few years ago. I thought I had invented it, only to find out, of course, that good ideas abound.

    You need some full-on sugar, cherry cola and mix about 1 gallon with 1/2 cup kosher salt. Let the ribs marinate for 3 days. High-fructose corn syrup pop doesn't give the same results; just makes it taste chemical-ly.

    I did 3 racks, cut in half to fit both my 2 gal. bucket, and my MES30.

    So today, I pulled them from the brine, hit them up with Jeff's Rub, and slipped them into the MES for a 3-2-1. Smoked with cherry wood, of course.

    For the last hour, I sauced using my usual homemade, but with some added Reese's Maraschino Syrup that I keep on hand for my bar.

    They could not have tasted any "cherrier". No shots of them sliced, because as soon as I did, they were grabbed up by the family. My son, who has been there for all my cooks, said these were the best ever. High praise from a kid that usually just grunts. 

    Made up a pot of beans and cornbread to go with:

    Last edited: Feb 16, 2015
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  2. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    m490, Awesome looking ribs and sides , well done !
  3. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

    That looks totally awesome!!!

    I agree with your son...

  4. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Your whole meal looks great! I'm going to start looking for some cherry soda.
  5. bear55

    bear55 Master of the Pit

    Sounds great.
  6. worktogthr

    worktogthr Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Wow! That looks great. Not sure ifI can get cherry coke in glass bottles (only type that seems to have real sugar). I'd love to try these!
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    WOW! that all looks very good. A couple of years ago a lot of threads got lost here. You can still find them if you remember what they were so you can search. They don't show up when you look at the threads that you started. I lost a lot of good threads that I still haven't found.

    Happy smoken.

  8. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I found real sugar Cherry Pepsi in 12oz. plastic bottles, in an 8-pack.
  9. Fantastic Color  Great Job

  10. bonzbbq

    bonzbbq Smoke Blower

    Good job brother, now I want ribs today[​IMG]
  11. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Those are some tasty looking ribs!
  12. I have seen and heard of them but never done them myself, Good Job

  13. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    MNeely, I am so glad I didn't miss this. Looks great!


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