Saturday, January 24, 2015

Campfire Cola Ribs

Campfire Cola Ribs

Plan ½ pound of ribs per person. This recipe is ideal for campsites equipped with a large grill where you can make a crackling fire for searing and also provide coals for a Dutch oven placed off to the side of the grate.

4 to 5 pounds spare ribs

Garlic salt

1 ½ cups brown sugar

1 one-liter bottle of your favorite cola beverage

½ cup soy sauce

Get a good fire going and lightly spray a Dutch oven. Sprinkle ribs with garlic salt and sear them over the hot fire. This browns and seals them. Cut them into sections of three to five ribs and put them in the Dutch oven. Put the oven at the side of the fire where it can be surrounded by well-started coals but not licking flames.

Whisk together sugar, cola and soy sauce until sugar dissolves. Pour over the ribs to cover them. Cover the Dutch oven and continue to cook, replacing coals as needed with new coals, for 1 ½ to 3 hours until ribs are tender. Remove ribs and pour sauce into a pitcher to spoon over fire-baked potatoes. Serves 8 to 10.

Cook’s note: Kitchen shears and household rubber gloves are useful for cutting up seared ribs. At this stage they can be very tough.

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