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.


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



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



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.


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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