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Jack & Coke Baby Back Ribs

I made something special for all of you before I went on vacation and am just now getting around to posting it. Better late than never, right?

My husband adores meat on a bone, especially ribs. He. Loves. Ribs! The man is like a caveman; he could eat meat off the bone every day of the week if I let him. You should have seen his face when I told him I was making him a special rib dinner. He was all smiles. What can I say, the man likes his meat.

I was prepared to make a whiskey barbecue sauce for the ribs, so I had the hubs run out to pick me up some Jack Daniels. He came back with a fifth of Jack and a 2 liter of coke. My husband’s favorite mixed beverage is a classic Jack & Coke, so I wasn’t surprised when I saw him come through the door with his Jack Daniels counterpart.

As I was preparing the barbecue sauce, I had an epiphany. “Hmm, I have a bottle Jack and a bottle of Coke. Bingo! I’m gonna make a Jack & Coke bbq sauce.” The creative juices started to flow, and I created a darn good bbq sauce, if I do say so myself. The hubs was pretty impressed when I told him what kind of sauce I was making. His favorite cocktail turned into a bbq sauce was a dream come true for him. At least I like to think it was.

I’m not sure how the rest of you like your ribs, but I like mine saucy. The saucier the better. I always have extra sauce on stand by just in case I want to slather on an extra spoonful.

These ribs are really easy to make. I give them a bath in some brine for about 3 hours, rub them with my homemade bbq seasoning, bake them for 2 hours, then finish them off on the grill with a generous slathering of Jack & Coke barbecue sauce. They’re finger lickin’ good!

After I grill them, I let them rest for about 10 minutes then cut them into individual portions. I’m not going to lie, my husband and I ate the entire rack of ribs.

Mmm, saucy. Enjoy!


Jack & Coke Baby Back Ribs


1 cup onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 tbs. butter
1 tbs olive oil
1/2 cup Jack Daniels
2 cups ketchup
2 tbs. worcestershire sauce
1 cup coke
2 tbs. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. season salt
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. Tobasco sauce
1 tsp. ground mustard
salt an pepper to taste

In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, add butter and olive oil. When the butter is melted, add onions, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Cook until onions and garlic are tender, about 3-4 minutes. Take the pot off the heat and add the Jack Daniels, then place the pot back on the burner. Cook until the liquor reduces by a quarter, about 1-2 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients. Stir to combine. Turn the heat down to low and let the sauce simmer for about 30 minutes. Blend with an immersion blender to create a smooth barbecue sauce.


8 cups water
1/2 cup salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tbs. black peppercorns
1 bay leaf

In a large bowl, add all of the ingredients and whisk until the salt dissolves.

Barbecue Dry Rub

1/4 cup paprika
1 tbs. garlic powder
1 tbs. onion powder
1 tbs. cumin
1 tbs. coriander
1 tbs. chili powder
2 tbs. kosher salt
1 tbs. black pepper
2 tbs. brown sugar
1 tbs. granulated sugar

In a medium-sized bowl, add all of the spices and mix. Store in an airtight container.


1 rack of baby back ribs
1/4 cup of the barbecue dry rub

In a large pan, add the ribs and the brine. Refrigerate for 3 hours. After the 3 hours, remove the ribs from the brine and pat dry with some paper towels. Rub the ribs with your favorite dry rub and wrap the ribs in aluminum foil. Place them in the refrigerator and let sit for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Keep the ribs in aluminum foil and place them on a sheet pan. Bake for 2 hours.

Preheat a gas or charcoal grill. Take the ribs out of the aluminum foil and grill on each side for about about 7 minutes, slathering them with a generous amount of the Jack & Coke barbecue sauce and allowing the sauce to caramelize. Enjoy!



33 Responses to “Jack & Coke Baby Back Ribs”

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    Crystal — June 15, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Awesome!!! Think im gonna attempt these for tom!!! Its his fav drink as well and he LOVES ribs!!!


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    Jen @ Juanita's Cocina — June 15, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Okay, despite my aversion to meat on a bone, I do enjoy some good ol’ baby backs. These look DIVINE. Pinned dahling.

    P.S.-You need to share your homemade seasoning.


    • Jennie replied June 15th, 2012 at 9:50 am

      I know, I lost the recipe and all I have left is the seasoning. I know I wrote it down somewhere, but poof it’s gone. I’m so unorganized. Thanks for pin!


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    Kim @ Treats & Trinkets — June 15, 2012 at 9:52 am

    First of all- Jack & Coke bbq sauce sounds fantasmic.

    Second of all- saucy ribs=heaven. I think you should come over and make some for me, okay?


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    Sunithi — June 15, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Ooh Delish ! Want some now ! Will try it :)


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    LaurieCravings — June 15, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Jack and Coke is one of my favorite drinks! I love how you made a spiced up bbg sauce using JD’S sauce. YUMMM


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    CJ at Food Stories — June 15, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    I am always on the lookout for a good low carb BBQ sauce. Now that I see how easy yours is maybe I should just start experimenting … Great recipe and great photos!


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    April — June 15, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    one of my favorite drinks too…this sauce sounds amazing, I would love to eat it slathered all over some ribs…yum :)


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    Jenn and Seth (@HomeSkilletCook) — June 15, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    i’ve never actually had ribs before – but these look soooo amazing i think i need to try! wow, that sauce and rub just sound incredible!


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    ATasteOfMadness — June 15, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Hahah, I haven’t had meat off a bone in so long, I’ve been getting boneless chicken because it’s so quick and easy. But this just looks perfect!


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    Candy — June 15, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Jack & Coke was my dad’s favorite drink and he would have loved these ribs. I like my ribs saucy too!


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    Choc Chip Uru — June 15, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Wow this looks amazing! I have never seen ribs look so perfect before :D

    Choc Chip Uru


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    Heidi — June 16, 2012 at 7:39 am



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    Pete Morris — June 16, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Now those look pretty special! I absolutely love ribs, but I moved away from home recently and can no longer get them from my favourite restaurant :-(

    I’ve tried making them at home and didn’t really get great results, but looking at those pictures I think I’m going to have another go and try out your recipe.



    • Jennie replied June 20th, 2012 at 7:02 am

      Thanks, Pete! You should totally give rib making another shot. Good luck!


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    Ellen @ The Baking Bluenoser — June 16, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Yuu-uummmmm!!! I am in heaven! These look amazing, and THIS is why I love summer/barbeque season.


    • Jennie replied June 20th, 2012 at 7:03 am

      Thanks, Ellen. Summer is my favorite eating season. Fresh fruit, bbqs, and bonfires. Yum!


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    Stephanie — June 17, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    These ribs look delish!! I like mine with lots of sauce too!


    • Jennie replied June 20th, 2012 at 7:05 am

      Thanks, Steph! The saucier the better!


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    Peggy — June 18, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    I can only imagine how good these ribs taste! Guess I’ll have to make them for myself to truly find out =)


    • Jennie replied June 20th, 2012 at 7:06 am

      Thanks, Peggy! If you come on over to my place, I’ll make a batch for you ;)


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    Baker Street — June 19, 2012 at 1:11 am

    The bbq rub sounds incredible! Can’t wait to give your recipe a try! :)


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    Joan [email protected] and more — June 19, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Jennie, I think all men are cavemen at heart, meat falling off the bone, using their fingers to eat then licking same fingers to get every last drop of sauce. Next time we have ribs, I’ll be giving this a try, I’ve been reading so much about using brines but haven’t tried it yet. You’ve inspired me!
    I’m giving you an award so be sure to pop by and check it out
    Off to check the sale ads to see if ribs are on sale this week!


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    Meghan — June 24, 2012 at 10:17 am

    I like your thinking and I’m with you, the saucier, the better! These look incredible!


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    Kelly — July 4, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    wow! These sound awesome! – I’m already addicted to Jack Daniel’s BBQ…period. (mmm JD Pulled pork! ) – BUT a homemade version – even better! Have you left the ribs in the brine over night? do you think it’d be too much?


    • Jennie replied July 4th, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      Hi, Kelly. Thanks for visiting, and for your lovely comments. Leaving the pork in the brine over night would cause the ribs to become too salty.


      • kelly replied July 4th, 2012 at 6:13 pm

        Thanks — had a feeling …. Guess – got to try this on a weekend!!

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    Jenny — November 11, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Hi, just making these for the second time and wanted to thank you for a great go to recipe for ribs. If I’m doing them for a party or through the week I’ll brine them the day before and season and wrap in foil in the fridge until the next day then there ready to toss in the oven and your in for a great dinner. The sauce is amazing after it hits the grill. I wasn’t good at ribs but now I’ve got down the technique.
    Thanks again


    • Jennie replied November 12th, 2013 at 10:36 am

      Hi Jenny! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my home on the internet. I’m so happy to hear that you love the ribs. And I love that you found a way to speed up the process and make the ribs fit into your schedule. I will definitely have to try your method. I really appreciate you stopping by and leaving me a comment. I love hearing from my readers. Happy eating!


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    Anna — August 2, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    One quick question can I use the BBQ sauce in a slow cooker? TIA


    • Jennie replied August 3rd, 2014 at 5:54 pm

      Hi Anna, I haven’t tried using this particular bbq sauce in the slow cooker, but I don’t see why you couldn’t. Give it a try and let me know.


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    Si — November 11, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    kosher salt? With a pork dish? Really? Somehow I don’t think using kosher salt will make this dish Kosher.



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