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Rum and Coke Ribs

Discussion in 'Pork' started by disco, Dec 22, 2013.

  1. disco

    disco Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I had some back ribs and She Who Must Be Obeyed wanted them glazed. I normally make them with a maple glaze but I was out of maple syrup. There was no way I was going into town on the weekend before Christmas. So, it was time to experiment!

    I only had one rack as there was just the two of us. It is the Christmas season when I am known to have an occasional enhanced soda pop. So, why not make a Rum and Coke glaze.

    I made the glaze by mixing the following together:

    75 ml (1/3 cup) demerera sugar

    45 ml (3 tablespoons) cola

    15 ml (1 tablesoon) amber rum

    I did this first because I wanted to use demerera brown sugar for more inference of a rum like flavour but it takes a long time to dissolve if you don't heat it. If you heated the glaze, you would have less rum taste. Letting it sit for a few hours lets the sugar dissolve.

    Then I peeled the silverskin off the ribs and gave them a light dusting of my Passing Wind Estates Rub.

    Into the Bradley at 220 F with an AMNPS loaded with a maple, hickory, cherry blend.

    Two hours later, the ribs came out and I put them in a pan with 50 ml (1/4 cup) cola and 25 ml (2 tablespoons) rum. I covered it with foil and put it in a 230 F oven for 1 hour thirty minutes. Yes, oven. It is minus 10 here and I didn't need to pay to heat up the great outdoors any longer than necessary. Not to mention, the old bones aren't happy in that temperature for too long.

    After 1 1/2 hours, I pulled the ribs and brushed them with the glaze. I put it back in the oven and brushed with the glaze every 10 minutes for 40 minutes.

    The verdict: The taste of rum and cola came through and this was very tasty. I don't like it as much as my maple glazed ribs because they aren't as gooey and sticky but there was a nice glaze. I liked the texture I got by reducing the time from 2-2-1 to 2-1 1/2-40 minutes. I will make these occasionally just for a change.

  2. bdskelly

    bdskelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Rum! Always a good choice this time of year!  Looks tasty !
  3. disco

    disco Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, BD, I really love a nice rum. Of course I had to try it on ribs eventually and Christmas seemed right.

  4. foamheart

    foamheart Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Took two bottles a grog to do those ribs, put a tablespoon on the ribs and the rest............ basting the cook! Ar Ar Ar....

    I actually had some more "ham on a stick" Last might and saved the juice in the fridge, couldn't stand to dump it out....LOL

    Fine Job Mr. Disco!
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2013
  5. disco

    disco Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sadly, no. The cook was being closely watched by a greater power.

  6. Looks great. I'll have to try that glaze sometime soon.
  7. disco

    disco Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I liked it but the missus liked it more. So, I guess I will be making it again!

  8. pc farmer

    pc farmer Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Nice ribs Disco.
  9. Now this is fun!!! Terrific job with what's around in the house! You really made it exciting!!!! Cheers! - Leah
  10. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Ribs look and sound great! Nice job Disco!
  11. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Let's see........no maple syrup.....so.....hmmm........ rum and coke!  That's thinking with your tastebuds!  Mine are drooling!
  12. disco

    disco Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, C. It is always fun to experiment.
    Thanks, Leah. It is so nice to be home with the missus all the time and to get to mess around in the kitchen like this. 
    Thanks, Case. To me the measure of success is whether the missus likes it. She isn't big on smoked food so when she likes a dish, it always makes it into the rotation.

  13. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Disco, now that has a new meaning of "putting some meat on your ribs" Those look great, how many shots of just rum did you take cooking them [​IMG]
  14. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Your glaze sounds good to this rum and coke guy. Maybe pancakes?.......Nah
  15. disco

    disco Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sadly, She Who Must Be Obeyed was in the kitchen so the frequent internal applications of rum I was hoping for wasn't part of the experiment.
    Not syrupy enough for pancakes but you could cook down the cola and brown sugar and then add rum. Hm.....

  16. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I like the idea of run and coke syrup for pancakes! Good thing the wife was keeping an eye out for you, and for the dinner. I've found that frequent "internal basting" of the cook can have detrimental effects on the finished product. Though, the Grande Dame herself once quipped, "I love cooking with wine. Sometimes I even put some into the food. "
  17. disco

    disco Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I don't know. I've done some of my best cooking with additional lubrication. It is breakfast the next morning that is the problem. I will work on the syrup!

  18.  I once, on truck trip back from the western USA, stopped in St Cloud Minnesota for the night.  Low and behold, there was a liquor store on the corner of the lot, so in I go, be darned, any flavor 66 oz bottle was $8.00, so two Amber Rums left with me that night.  I had Pick up 30 miles north the next morning, got it and headed back home.  Go there Saturday afternoon, pulled into our yard, dropped the trailer and went to park the truck.  As I was cleaning it out, getting ready to go home for a day or two, another driver, who loves Rum more than I do, came over, saw my 2 bottles, the rest as they say is history.  I slept in that truck that night, and only left the yard with one of those bottles.  We drank the other.
  19. disco

    disco Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I had nights like that. I just don't remember them!

  20. linehand

    linehand Fire Starter

    Looks great and sounds great good job!