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Onion and Cola Smoked Spare Ribs

With a base of onions, garlic and cheap cola, you can infuse spare ribs with lots of flavor while allowing the steam from the onions and cola to keep the ribs nice and moist while they smoke.
Course Entree
Cuisine Hot Smoking
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Servings 3 -4
Author Jeff Phillips


  • 1 rack of spare ribs
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • 2- liter bottle of cheap cola
  • 3-4 medium yellow onions
  • 16-18 cloves of garlic
  • Jeff’s rub recipe
  • Jeff’s sauce recipe


Prepare Ribs For Smoking

  • Rinse ribs under cool water
  • Remove any large areas of fat on meaty side of ribs
  • Flip the ribs over and remove the membrane from the bone side
  • Wet the ribs with apple cider vinegar
  • Apply a generous coat of Jeff's rub to the bone side
  • Turn the ribs over and apply the vinegar and rub to the meaty side
  • Cut the rack of ribs in half

Prepare the Onion/Garlic Base

  • Slice two onions into ¼ inch slices and separate the rings
  • Place the rings and 8-10 garlic cloves in a large foil pan
  • Pour enough cola to fill the pan to about ½ full
  • Lay one of the rib halves on top of the onions and garlic
  • Prepare a 2nd pan in the same manner for the other half of the ribs

Smoking the Ribs

  • Set up smoker to cook at about 250°F
  • Place the pan(s) of ribs onto the smoker grates
  • Cook for 5-6 hours or until they ribs are as tender as you like them