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Cola and Jam Spareribs

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Hubby is a huge fan of ribs…and these didn’t disappoint him.  The jam and cola produced a sweet sticky glaze…much tastier than your typical smoky tomato BBQ sauce.  Salt, pepper, powdered ginger and five spice powder were rubbed on the rack the night before along with a topping of apricot jam and orange juice.  Cola was basted over these beauties during the last  half hour of cooking.  My oldest was the only critic…I think the five spice powder was the culprit, although I thought it gave a nice zing to the sauce.

If you’re interested, this recipe is from Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan (which, incidentally, was  named the best cookbook of 2010 by the International Association of Culinary Professionals last week…hooray for Dorie!) …and to check out what my fellow Doristas cooked up this week, check out French Fridays with Dorie for their creations.

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48 comments on “Cola and Jam Spareribs”

  1. WOW! The spareribs look so GOOD!

  2. Those look soo perfect!! YUMMY:)

  3. Great looking ribs!! Carmelised to perfection..

  4. That recipe sounds great! I love the plating, sometimes I have a hard time making a slab of meat look appetizing but you make it look so easy!

  5. Your ribs look so tasty and fancy!

  6. Your photos are just stunning! So artfully plated and presented. I loved these too.

  7. Beautiful presentation! I had to cut mine up because I didn’t have a big enough dish to cook it in whole but wish I did now, looking at yours!

  8. These were so good! I didn’t use a rack though, I bought the ribs precut. Yes, I know lazy! But these were fantastic!

  9. Cola AND jam! Wow, I bet those were sticky sweet and finger licking. That bottom photo is wonderful! It looks like a great meal.

  10. I’m loving that last photo…it’s making me hungry. ๐Ÿ™‚ They look delicious! We also loved them… hubby said to tame down on the sweetness next time around, but overall he was very impressed. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Yours look amazing! I’m glad your hubby liked them – they were a hit with mine, too. I’m not a fan a BBQ sauce, so these were a nice change of pace.

  12. Your plating looks much neater than mine! I made a mess, but a yummy one : )

  13. I have to ask, what are those extremely health looking green beans doing on the plate with ribs??? Your ribs look like they came out nicely.

  14. Aw man! Those look fantastic! Love that we can find delicious ways to make things like ribs and think outside of the BBQ box! LOVE!

  15. Beautifully done Lizzy ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I agree the Chinese five-spice powder was a distinct flavor in these ribs, maybe not for every taste.

  16. Beautiful pics Lizzy…they look delicious!

  17. Fingerlicking! These ribs look great, never though of cooking with cola before. Hooray for Dorie AND you ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Another lovely Friday, Lizzy! I can’t help but scan the rest of the sides in your plates. Those potatoes look good! I still have your smashed ones in the ‘to try’ list.

  19. Look delicious Lizzy! gloria

  20. Gorgeous photos of some lip-smacking looking ribs!

  21. Amazing ribs, Lizzy! So glad to see you made these…now I know it’s “tried and true” so tender, and juicy, and oh, so delicious:DDD

  22. Oh wow! I can just imagine how great this glaze is! I am for sure trying this : )

  23. What a yummy looking dinner.

  24. A friend from uni worked at a butcher and he told me used cola and soy sauce as marinate. I never tried but the sweet salty combination would be great.

  25. Beautiful ribs! And as always great photos! My hubby was very happy with this dish, too! Enjoy your week-end!

  26. We still have ribs in our freezer from splitting a side of beef with friends. I’ll have to give this recipe a try.

  27. those are some mean looking fresh ribs! i can’t imagine any guy not loving these. they look so juicy and tender! adding cola to ribs is new for me but it sounds very cool!

  28. Very pretty! Glad they were a hit in your house.

  29. Your ribs look delish! Some of the nicest I’ve seen looking through all the blogs. Good to know that yours had enough flavor and that you did not need to add something to zip them up…we just dumped on BBQ sauce and I thought it defeated all that I had done, but the flavor of ours was just not great without some sauce.

  30. Nice presentation! We really enjoyed these. In fact, my partner said he’d run out for the ingredients any time – that’s quite an endorsement.

  31. Such pretty ribs! I didn’t make this week’s recipe, but I am curious after reading some of the mixed reviews.

  32. These look FANTASTIC! Noone can resist these! Yum yum!

  33. these ribs sounds very flavor, love how looks.

  34. Thanks, everyone!!! I really appreciate you all taking the time to stop and comment…your kind words really make my day ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. Ribs are my all time fav eat out dish. I never made them at home .. but now I have a recipe to try!

  36. Lizzy, I feel as if we are playing “tag”…lol

    I just wanted to make sure you knew that
    “Made it on Monday” submitions are during the week. (Every WED.-SAT.) I then pick my TOP 3 recipes that were submitted during the week and post them on Monday.
    A Little confusing for sure with the name….

    Hope you will link up! Have a great week!

    And I know my family will with these bbq ribs! YUM!

  37. Your ribs look wonderful! I love the idea of 5 spice i them. They look juicy and perfect!

  38. Great pictures!! :), Miriam@The Pioneer Cookbook”

  39. Great photos! My hubby loved them too.

  40. Those are some mouthwatering pictures Lizzy! I love spareribs! I wish it was BBQ season! The cola and jam mix sounds soooo yummy!!!!

  41. I never tried meat and cola recipes but I have seen some pics of them before: yours are the best!

  42. My husband would love these too! They look so delicious and I’ve had great experience with recipes that call for pop.

  43. Great photos! These look great, my family would love these.

  44. It’s just perfect for my taste buds! ๐Ÿ˜€

  45. Wow – these look sticky and wonderful! I once saw Nigella use cola for a ham glaze – what a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

  46. Absolutely mouth watering ribs.Great recipe for summer BBQ’s! Thanx for sharing

  47. My husband LOVES ribs, and I hardly ever make them. But the jam/cola combination sounds too good to resist!

  48. the last pic belongs in a magazine!


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