Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Easy Cola Soy Sauce Ribs

This recipe entails just three other ingredients aside from the ribs.  They are commonly found in your pantry: Coca Cola or similar drink, garlic and soy sauce.  The method I used in cooking the dish is the reliable "slow cook it and forget it" approach.

I have heard of savory recipes calling for the use of Coca Cola or similar drinks but I have never tried the approach before.  It is supposed to tenderize the meat you are using as well as flavor it.  I saw a TV show (I think it was Unique Eats) and the chef used Coca Cola for preparing a turkey dish.  I decided to try the combination of ingredients mentioned in this show for the slab of ribs I had in the freezer.  

I slow cooked the ribs in Coca Cola, soy sauce and garlic cloves for 3 hours.  I did not marinate it overnight at all like the way they did in the TV show with the turkey. I decided the slow cooking process will accomplish the same purpose.  

The verdict:  it works.  It has a mild sweetness to it that counteracts the saltiness of the soy sauce.  The garlic gives it that punch of a flavor.  It did tenderize the meat at the same time and the result is the "fall off the bone" yummy ribs.  Most of all it is a reliable and easy recipe with ingredients everybody has in the pantry. You can serve this decadent dish with your favorite cole slaw and mashed potatoes for your next picnic.  Let us think summer despite the bipolar weather we are having.

Easy Cola Soy Sauce Ribs

  • 8 cloves of garlic
  • 1 can Coca Cola 
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 5 lbs pork spareribs
Place the garlic, coca cola, soy sauce and cornstarch in the slow cooker and mix them with a fork.  Add the pork spareribs.  

Slow cook for 4 hours at high setting or 3 hours at low.  I cooked mine in an Aroma Brand rice cooker/slow cooker at slow cooker setting for 3 hours.


1. You can remove the fat by refrigerating the cooked ribs with sauce in the fridge overnight and scoop out the fat.  This is definitely a decadent dish and removing the fat would help your carnivores in the family kind of healthy.  

2.  You can also grill the ribs after slow cooking it either in an outside grill or oven.  Microwaving also makes the sauce thicken.  

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