Rum and Coke-Simmered Ribs

Serves 4

2 racks large ribs
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 onion, peeled and quartered
6 cloves garlic, crushed
8 cups (2 liters) coke

1 teaspoon olive oil
1 onion minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
¾ cup tomato sauce
1/3 cup dark rum
¼ cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Dash Tabasco sauce

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Season both sides with salt and pepper and place meat-side down in large baking dish. Arrange onion and garlic evenly around ribs. Pour enough cola to cover ribs completely. Bake for 3 hours. Remove from oven and allow ribs to come to room temperature in cooking liquid, about 1½ hours.

To make sauce, heat oil in small saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, cumin and chili powder and cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add tomato sauce, rum, brown sugar, vinegar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco sauce and simmer for 15 minutes.

Preheat barbeque to low.

Place ribs meat side down on grill and close lid. Cook, turning occasionally, until meat is browned and caramelized, about 30-45 minutes, or until tender and bones are exposed at ends. With 10 minutes remaining, brush ribs with barbeque sauce. Cut into 3 rib pieces and serve.

6 thoughts on “Rum and Coke-Simmered Ribs

  1. Can you suggest a substitute for the Worcestershire sauce for those of us who dob’t mix fish and meat?

    • Worcestershire comes without fish now, both the Jewish brands and the national brands have it pareve (the fish variety is marked fish on the hashkacha) so you can use it without mixing fish and meat (we dont mix it either). But in case you want a substitute, soy sauce would work well.

    • Sure, but it needs some acidity to counter the sweet. You may want to substitute orange juice or lemon juice or even apple juice.

    • Sure, cover and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 11/2 hours (check them after 1 hour for doneness). Baste and finish cooking uncovered 15 more minutes.

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