Grandpa’s Coca-Cola Ribs

  • Author: Kate Morgan Jackson
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 150 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Blender, Oven
  • Cuisine: American, Southern


The secret ingredient to this tender, delicious barbecued ribs recipe? Coca-Cola soda and some fatherly love! Grandpa’s Coca-Cola Ribs!


  • 4 lbs bone in pork ribs
  • 3 cups Coca-Cola or Dr. Pepper
  • 3 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons chili powder
  • 4 tablespoons ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon


  1. Place the ribs to a large glass or ceramic baking dish and pour 2 cups of Coca-Cola or Dr. Pepper over them. Reserve the third cup of the soda for a sauce to be made later. Cover the pan securely with plastic wrap  and let the ribs marinate in the fridge overnight.
  2. Pour the remaining 1 cup of soda into a blender or food processor and add the ketchup, brown sugar, chili powder, pepper, dry mustard, and cinnamon. Blend until smooth.
  3. Put the ribs in a roasting pan that has been coated with cooking spray, brush liberally with part of the sauce, and roast covered in a 225 oven for about 2 1/2 hours or until until very tender. (Can be done the day before. )
  4. To finish, grill the ribs over high heat, basting with some of the leftover sauce until the outside is crispy, about 10-15 minutes. While the ribs are cooking, simmer the remaining sauce for about 20 minutes until a little thick.


Check out the step by step video in the post to see how easy these ribs are to make!