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Cherry Cola Spare Ribs are absolutely delicious!
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Cherry Cola Spare Ribs

Cherry Cola Spare Ribs for a tangy, savory meal!
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time4 hours
Total Time4 hours 30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 People
Author: Brad Prose


  • 3 racks of pork spare ribs
  • ¼ cup Kosher salt
  • ¼ cup Fine mesh black pepper
  • Apple cider vinegar for spraying
  • ½ cup crushed salted peanuts
  • Zest of 1 lime

Cherry Cola BBQ Sauce

  • 1 cup of cherry cola
  • cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons of cherry preserves
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder


  • Prepare the spare ribs. Pat them dry with a paper towel. You may remove the thin membrane across the bones, this is personal preference. Mix the salt and pepper together, sprinkling each side of the ribs generously.
  • Prepare the smoker for indirect cooking at 250°F. Once the smoke is running clean, add the spare ribs to the smoker and allow them to cook for an hour undisturbed.
  • Spritz the ribs after the first hour. Continue to spritz every 45 minutes until the ribs are about 165°F temperature, around the 3 hour mark.
  • Remove the ribs from the smoker. Roll out pink butcher paper and place a rack down on the paper. Give it one last good sprtiz, and wrap it tight. Do this for each of the racks, and place them back in the smoker for about 45 minutes, meat-side facing down.
  • Prepare the BBQ sauce. Pour the cola into a small saucepan and heat it over medium-high heat. Bring it to a low boil and reduce by half. Add in the rest of the ingredients and reduce the heat to medium low, cooking for a few minutes until it thickens.
  • Glaze the ribs. After 45 minutes of wrapping, remove the ribs from the paper and place them back into the smoker, bone-side down. Glaze the ribs with the cherry cola BBQ sauce, and cook for about 15-20 minutes until the sauce has set.
  • Remove the ribs and allow them to rest for a few minutes before slicing. Top with crush peanuts and lime zest as optional garnish.



Calories: 265kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 5134mg | Potassium: 381mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 221IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 2mg