When I came across Carol's recipe for Cherry Cola Ribs in January, I bookmarked the recipe and immediately challenged my mom to another Cooking Showdown (you can check out the outcome of our Ultimate Rib Cooking Showdown here). We decided to wait until Easter to have the official Rib Showdown, and the timing worked out perfectly for the April Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger Event hosted by Sea at Book of Yum.
If you haven't already, you must visit Carol's blog - Simply...Gluten-Free. Carol's recipes are delicious and her photography is beyond phenomenal. Her photos alone will have you drooling! I love Carol's recipes because they are semi-gourmet, yet simple and budget-friendly enough for the everyday person to make.
Cherry Cola Ribs
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Cherry Cola Ribs are truly phenomenal! These ribs didn't last more than a few minutes with my large family - we all absolutely loved them. And, this recipe even beat my mom's awesome rib recipe in our Rib Cooking Showdown (sorry, Mom!). The flavor profile is sweet and the cherry cola flavor comes through quite well, and there is even a bit of a kick to it. It's only been a few days since I made these ribs, but my family is craving them again. This award-winning recipe is most definitely a keeper!
I followed Carol's recipe as closely as I could, but I did make a few modifications. First, I used boneless ribs because it's what I prefer. Second, I searched 3 grocery stores in 2 different states for garlic chili sauce, but I could not find it. For a substitution, I added tomato paste, chili powder, and minced garlic to the glaze. I didn't keep track of how much of each substitute ingredient I added, but I kept checking the flavor and adjusted the ingredients to taste. The outcome was fantastic!
In previous Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger events I've made:
Kelly at 18 Hour Kitchen's Black Bean Cupcakes
Shirley at Gluten Free Easily's Flourless Pizza Crust AND Garlic Cheese Biscuits
I've also shared this recipe on: Seasonal Sundays, Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays