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Sticky Cola and golden syrup ribs

These has got be one of the best rib recipes you’ll ever taste- you have my word!

That combination of smoky, spicy, sweet and salty, porky goodness is quite simply a show stopper. And all with such minimum effort too! Win, win..

Ask your friendly butcher (and you will need to befriend one) to help you out in securing a great hunk of his finest pork belly trimmed of the rind and fat. Start off with a 10 bone rack for size, this totals around half a belly.

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Grab the following items:

  • 1kg piece pork belly, fat and rind removed, then cut between the bones to give you a ‘meaty’ rib chop.
  • 3 Teaspoons Sea salt
  • 3 Teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 Teaspoons English mustard powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Chinese 5 spice powder
  • 1 Teaspoon onion salt
  • 3 Teaspoons whole fennel seeds
  • 3 Teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 Teaspoons instant espresso coffee powder

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Here’s how:

Combine all of the dry ingredients with your ribs and rub well in to the meat. Leave to marinade overnight or a minimum of 6 hours.

Tip the marinaded meat into a lightly greased oven tray, cover with baking parchment then a layer of tin foil.

Whack the tray into a pre-heated 170 degree oven, close the door, pour yourself a cold beer..

Those meaty slabs need to be in the oven for two hours to ensure they fall off the bone. Check them occasionally, if they look a little dry add a splash of water.

When the two hours are up, and your house is permeated with rich piggy aromas take the tray out of the oven, and pour over a can of the sticky brown stuff, drizzle on the golden syrup, then return to the oven uncovered. Continue to bake those ribs until the Coke reduces to a syrup and clings to the ribs.

To finish:

  • 1 Can full fat coca cola
  • 2 Tablespoons of Golden syrup

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Keep a beady eye on those porky lollipops in the latter stages of cooking, you need to baste the meat with all of that sticky caramel to guarantee the best results.

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In the final torturous stages of waiting to taste, prepare a ‘slaw or a wedge of Iceberg lettuce drizzled with something indulgent and cheesy!

Oh, and make sure you have a generous supply of wet wipes and napkins..

Tweet me some photos, I’d love to see how you got on 🙂

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