Over the bank holiday weekend I decided to make Paul, our friend Jen and I something a bit special for our dinner. I don’t often have time for long labour intensive recipes but the extra day of weekend seemed perfect for ruining the kitchen (because I almost always do). When I first saw each of the two recipes that I put together for this meal I was instantly intrigued. I have made a ham boiled in Coke for several Christmases and found it delicious so this seemed like a great similar idea… and sweet potatoes are one of my favourite veg (and more nutritious and tastier than white potatoes). If you have the two hours (approximately) to spare that it takes to make this I would highly recommend it for a treat.
Coca cola ribs with baked sweet potato fries
For the ribs
2l Coca cola (feel free to use cheap supermarket cola, just as long as it’s not diet)
1 large onion, quartered
2 bay leaves
6 cloves of garlic, crushed1 tablespoon of black peppercorns
3 racks of baby back pork ribs
For the sauce
1 340ml can of Coca cola (again cheapo is fine, just not diet)
2 small onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup of ketchup
1 heaped tablespoon of English mustard
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
For the sweet potato fries
3 sweet potatoes
1/4 cup corn flour
1 teaspoon salt
Put your ribs in a deep 24cm stock pot. Pour over the Coke and add the remaining ingredients to the pot. If your ribs are not completely covered by the Coke, top up with water. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for one hour, turning the ribs occasionally.
While the ribs are cooking, make the sauce. Place all the ingredients in a medium sized saucepan. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes, until it is reduced and nice and sticky. Set aside to cool for a few minutes and then blend until smooth.
Now peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into thin batons. Put them in a bowl of cold water and leave them to soak for 5 minutes. In the meantime put the cornflour and salt in a Ziploc bag and shake to mix. Pat dry the sweet potatoes and add them to the Ziploc bag. Shake well to coat. Spread the fries over a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. Drizzle with a little olive oil and toss with your hands to coat.
Preheat your grill to 200C (or high).
When the ribs have finished boiling, drain away the cooking liquid, pat them dry and then lay them on 1 or two foil lined baking trays. Whatever you have.
Spread the sauce over both sides of each rack of ribs and then put them under the grill for 8 minutes, turning halfway. Remove from the oven and cover with foil.
Turn the oven back to bake, leaving the setting to 200C. When the temperature is right, put the sweet potatoes in the oven on the top shelf. Bake for 25 mins, turning halfway.
Serve fries with ribs.