This is a fast and easy recipe for spare ribs that makes a deliciously special sauce with cola. You can pick the cola you like best. The recipe takes about 30 minutes to make and is great for taking to picnics or Fourth of July celebrations. The main helper in this dish is a crock-pot. Stacey Pennington is the chef that created this dish. You will need a crock pot. The ingredients include six pounds of pork spare ribs, enough water to cover the ribs in the crock pot, one teaspoon of salt, four teaspoons of pickling spice, 2 teaspoons of dry mustard, one and one-quarter cups of brown sugar, one-half cup of cola, and one-half cup of ketchup. Pick your favorite cola as long it is not diet. Be sure the brown sugar is packed in the measuring cups.
Start a day before you plan to serve the spare ribs. Cut the ribs into sections. Three to four ribs per section is about the right size depending on the size of the ribs. You want the ribs to be a size that makes turning them on the grill easy.
Put the ribs in the crock-pot making sure that the ribs are layered as evenly and as flatly as possible. The layering of the ribs helps produce even cooking. Cover the ribs with water. You want about one-quarter of an inch of water above the ribs.
Sprinkle the salt and pickling spice on the ribs as evenly as possible. Cook the ribs on low heat for four to six hours. The cooking time depends on the quality of the ribs and the size of the ribs. You can test the ribs by sticking them with a fork. If nothing comes off on the fork the ribs are done.
Remove the ribs from the crock-pot and spread the ribs evenly in a shallow pan.
Whisk the brown sugar and mustard together in a mixing bowl until thoroughly blended. Sprinkle the rub evenly over the ribs. You want a nice yellow coating covering all of the ribs.
Refrigerate the ribs over night of for eight to twelve hours.
Mix the ketchup and cola in a mixing bowl. Whisk the mixture until the cola and ketchup are completely combined. The liquid should be an even reddish brown. Ladle the sauce over the ribs. Be sure that the spare ribs are as evenly covered as possible.
Barbecue the ribs on medium heat. You want a golden brown color to the ribs.
The amount of time that you do any work for this dish is about 30 minutes. The taste is naturally in the sauce and the cola adds a unique flavor to the spare ribs. You can try variations in cola and ketchup to get different flavors.
Prepare the meat and sauce separately if you plan to barbecue this dish somewhere besides your home. When you get to your barbecue spot put the sauce on the spare ribs and barbecue.