They say a picture is worth a thousand words. In this case, however, the picture does not tell the full story. What these pictures do not show is my husband, hanging over my shoulder the entire time, wondering when I was going to put the darn camera down and let him at the ribs! Needless to say, he was very excited about this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe, Cola & Jam Spareribs.
This week was a first for me; first time ever cooking ribs and first time ever cooking with Coke. And I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical on both points. First, my father is justifiably famous in our family for making amazingly good ribs, which he smokes for hours on end in his outdoor smoker. Therefore, I had this idea in my head that one simply could not make decent ribs without a smoker. And second, I am not a big soda drinker and cooking with Coke just sounded plain weird.
Dorie’s recipe calls for the ribs to be marinated in a dry spice rub, then slathered in cola & jam and roasted in the oven for a few hours. The one slight deviation we made from Dorie’s recipe was to use mirabelle jam instead of apricot, simply because we happened to already have a jar of it in the fridge. Otherwise we followed her instructions to the letter.
The end result was, well, delicious! The ribs were juicy and tender. I can’t say that the specific flavors of the spices and cola comes through, but they mixed together to give the ribs a tasty but subtle seasoning. I still think that my dad’s smoked ribs are superior, but for those of us who do not own smokers, this recipe is a keeper!
And what did my husband think? I’ll let the picture of his polished plate speak for itself.