The Neelys Sweet Cola Ribs

Total Time
3hrs 15mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 2 hrs 55 mins

Show: Down Home with the Neelys Episode: Neely All the Time Time does not include marinating time. After reading reviews I think I will cut back on salt in the rub. Depending on your grill you might need to cook longer. I have not tried this recipe yet though.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. For the sauce: In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, add oil. Once heated, add the onion and garlic and saute until tender. Add all the remaining sauce ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook uncovered, stirring frequently, for 1 hour 15 minutes.
  2. For the dry rub: Whisk all dry ingredients together in a small bowl. This can be stored up to 6 months in an airtight container.
  3. For the ribs: Rinse and dry ribs. Place on a clean cutting board, pull off the membrane and trim the ribs of excess fat. Liberally season both sides of the ribs with rub. Wrap ribs with plastic wrap and refrigerate 4 to 12 hours so flavors can permeate.
  4. Preheat grill to 250 degrees F. using hickory and charcoal. Set up your grill for indirect heat.
  5. Place ribs, meatier side down, on the grill away from the coals. Close grill cover. Cook the pork ribs for 1 hour 15 minutes; flipping several times for even cook.
  6. *Coat ribs with Sweet Cola Barbecue Sauce and cook for another 20 minutes.
  7. *Reserve some of the sauce for dipping when the ribs are served.
Most Helpful

I've been meaning to review this for a long time because it's the recipe I always use, since finding it. Everyone loves it and no matter how much I cook, everyone always wants more. Fantastic, tasty recipe and so easy to follow. I soak my ribs in cola for a few hours before putting the rub on and then cooking in my slow cooker (crock pot) while I prepare the BBQ sauce. We finish the ribs off on the BBQ and keep basting them with the sauce for about 20 minutes. Delicious - thank you Neelys :)

MayaLuna September 07, 2013