Coca-Cola Glazed Baby Back Ribs

Coke Ribs

May 8: Have a Coke Day

Islander went to the World of Coca-Cola when a weekend meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, ended early. The tourist attraction features exhibits of old and new advertising and marketing campaigns, short informational films, presentations of mascots and memorabilia, historical displays of the soft drink, global gallery of soda pop culture, view of the bottling line process, product tasting center and souvenir shop. Although she did not buy a Coke cookbook from there (free recipes are listed on the corporation’s website), she still has concocted cuisine with cola on occasion, such as Coca-Cola glazed baby back ribs for the “Have a Coke Day” national food holiday.


(Adapted from Virginia Willis Culinary Productions)


  • 2-3 pounds of baby back pork ribs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup of Coca-Cola
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  • 1-2 jalapeño peppers, halved with seeds removed


Salt and pepper both sides of the ribs.  Place on a wire rack on a foil-lined broiling pan.  Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the Coke glaze.  In a saucepan, combine the Coke, vinegar and brown sugar and stir over high heat.

Coke Ribs

Add the pepper(s) and boil the glaze. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer until syrupy. Discard the peppers. Keep the glaze on low heat while the ribs are baking. Generously baste the ribs every 15-30 minutes for 1 ½ hours or until the ribs are fully cooked and the meat is tender. Remove from the oven and slice before serving.

Coke Ribs


  • The recipe above produces a light, sticky glaze and is not as thick as other barbecue sauces.
  • A knockoff of the Coca-Cola Company’s logotype lettering can be downloaded for free at various font sites.
  • Search our blog for other recipe posts that feature cola as an ingredient.