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Marinating ribs in coke?

edited 7:34PM in EggHead Forum
I plan on doing babyback ribs this weekend. I heard on a radio show where the owners of a rib joint soak their ribs in coca cola overnight. They said it helps to breakdown the fat. Another caller said he uses root beer. Anyone try this before? [p]Thanks in advance. [p]Jake [p]


  • sprintersprinter Posts: 1,188
    jake57,[p]Not tried it but have heard that the acids in the colas help break down the meat a bit. I've tried several sauces made with coke and root beer. Some have been good, some not so good. Give it a try, see what you think, and let us know the results.[p]Troy
  • thirdeyethirdeye Posts: 7,428
    jake57,[p]As sprinter mentioned, Coca-Cola & other soda pop is used in mops, finishing sauces, baked beans and as a reheating liquid. I'm pretty traditional when it comes to ribs and brisket too, but just for reference, here is a Dr. Pepper brisket marinade from my recipe collection. Dr. Pepper is popular in southern Q, and for glazing hams etc.[p]
    2 cans Dr Pepper
    1t Seasoned Salt
    2t Ground pepper
    1C beef broth
    6 cloves garlic minced
    1/2 onion, sliced
    2T Worcestershire sauce
    Zest from 1 lemon [p]Increase amount as needed to cover brisket. Place trimmed brisket & marinade in zipper top bag. Marinate overnight, (or up to 24 hours) in the refrigerator, discard the marinade, pat dry & add at least kosher & salt or your favorite rub. Use a 225° maximum grate temp until brisket passes the fork test. Can use Dr. Pepper for the reheat also. [p]~thirdeye~[p]

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  • Yo Jake, I used to be the king of marinades so I speak from experience. Soaking ribs overnight in a solution that is as acidic as Coca~Cola is going to turn those ribs to mush long before they even hit the Egg. Four hours is plenty of soaking time.[p]The soda doesn't really break the fat down either. It will make the fat more easy to remove from the meat. [p]Lager,[p]Juggy
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