Grilled Ribs with Cherry Cola Barbecue Sauce

Finger lickin' good! Baby back ribs are a fantastic summertime supper.


6 servings


5 to 6 pounds pork baby back ribs
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 teaspoon garlic pepper blend
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 cup barbecue sauce
1 (12 ounce) can cherry cola*
1/4 cup cherry preserves
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
1 to 2 teaspoons buffalo wing hot sauce or other hot sauce


Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Cut ribs into serving-size sections. Rub ribs with seasoned salt, garlic pepper and ginger. Place ribs in 15 x 10 x 1-inch pan, overlapping slightly.

Bake uncovered about 1 hour 30 minutes or until tender.

Meanwhile, in 2-quart saucepan, mix barbecue sauce, cola, preserves, mustard and buffalo wing sauce. Heat to boiling; reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer uncovered 30 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until flavors are blended and sauce is slightly thickened.

Heat coals or gas grill for direct heat. Cover and grill ribs over medium heat 10 to 15 minutes, turning and brushing occasionally with barbecue sauce mixture to glaze.

Heat remaining barbecue sauce mixture to boiling; boil and stir 1 minute. Serve sauce with ribs.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Bake Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Grill Time: 15 minutes

Additional Information

Precooking the ribs in the oven or microwave shortens the grilling time, helps tenderize the meat and removes some of the fat.

* You can use regular cola instead of the cherry cola if you like.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving: Calories 830 (Calories from Fat 500); Total Fat 55 g (Saturated Fat 20 g, Trans Fat 0 g); Cholesterol 220 mg; Sodium 840 mg; Total Carbohydrate 31 g (Dietary Fiber 0 g, Sugars 24 g); Protein 53 g

Recipe Courtesy Of

Betty Crocker

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