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Prep 15 minutes
Total 6 hours

Smokey barbecue sticky ribs

Is it just me or is barbecuing something delicious the perfect way to spend a Saturday? This method for bbqing ribs works best with a lidded, charcoal bbq. I use a kamado joe classic ii. If you don't have a bbq skip the smoking step and go straight to wrapping the ribs in the coca cola. Cook in the coke for 3 hours in the oven instead.


These ribs are a labour of love - very little hands on time but a slightly tortuous wait. They are well wroth it though - sticky, smoky, and just the right blend between meltingly soft but thick and meaty.


Let me know if you try them!

Serves
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ingredients
  • 2 Racks of baby back ribs
  • 2 tbsps Smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp Sea salt
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • 1 Can of coca cola
  • 100 ml Barbecue sauce (I love sweetbaby day's!)
  • 1 Chunk of applewood

Smokey barbecue sticky ribs

Is it just me or is barbecuing something delicious the perfect way to spend a Saturday? This method for bbqing ribs works best with a lidded, charcoal bbq. I use a kamado joe classic ii. If you don't have a bbq skip the smoking step and go straight to wrapping the ribs in the coca cola. Cook in the coke for 3 hours in the oven instead.


These ribs are a labour of love - very little hands on time but a slightly tortuous wait. They are well wroth it though - sticky, smoky, and just the right blend between meltingly soft but thick and meaty.


Let me know if you try them!

  1. Remove the ribs from the fridge and flip them over so they curve upwards and you are looking at the underside. Take a paring knife and find the thin, papery membrane on the surface. Once you loosen this at a corner, it should peel away from the whole rack. This will go horribly chewy if you don't remove so well worth doing.
  2. Mix the paprika and salt with a good glug of olive oil to make a thick paste. Smother the ribs all over and allow to sit while you set up the bbq.
  3. Light the bbq and add a large chunk of smoking wood. Get the temperature stable at 130℃
  4. Add the ribs to a rack in a single layer and cook for 2-3 hours until the smoke has subsided. Don't open the lid during this time to allow maximum smoking.
  5. Take a baking tray and pour in the coca cola. Add the ribs. They don't need to be totally covered.
  6. Wrap the baking tray in foil to create a little steaming chamber. Add the ribs back to the bbq and cook for a further 2 hours.
  7. Remove the foil and take the ribs out of the baking tray. Crank up the bbq to 200℃
  8. Smother the ribs in bbq sauce and add back to a wire rack on the bbq once it has reached temperature. At this point you are aiming just to set the bbq sauce, it won't take too long and be careful the sugars don't burn.
  9. After about 10 or 15 minutes the outside should be nicely caramelised, not too sticky but deliciously moist. Remove the ribs and serve up!