I am always looking for new recipes to try on the grill, and I have found one that I wanted to share. The recipe comes from KARE, the Minneapolis NBC affiliate where, on a recent program, they featured a wonderful rib concoction. Here it is:

Spicy Coca-Cola Ribs

1 Rack of baby back pork ribs
1 white onion
1 head of garlic
sea salt
black pepper
dried serrano chili peppers (1 to 3 depending on taste)
2 cups Coke (or other black cola with sugar)

Mince the garlic and onion. Grind or finely chop the dried peppers. Poke the baby back ribs with a fork to create puncture marks over the surface of the ribs. Rub the ribs with salt, black pepper, garlic, onion, serrano peppers making sure to completely cover the ribs. Let sit for 15 minutes to allow rub to soak up flavor. Put ribs in large bowl or pot and pour cola on ribs up to level that ribs are covered, make sure previous mix is still on ribs. Let marinate for 1 hour in refrigerator.

On medium heat on grill put the ribs on the grill. Close grill and grill for about 45 minutes. Check on ribs about every 15 minutes and turn and baste with remaining cola mixture. Ribs are done when when outside starts to blacken, test cut leaks a clear fluid and meat isn't pink. Take ribs off of grill and let rest for a minute or two before cutting. Cut and serve.

Notes: Poking the meat allows the flavors to be more easily absorbed by the meat. Slow cooking the ribs allows them to cook evenly and the flavors to mature. The result is a complex blend of spicy, sweet, salty and smoky flavors.

Give it a try and let me know what you think.