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When I was a student in Paris, I roomed with two other American students who were also attending Escoffier. One of them had a habit of marinating everything in Pepsi. According to him, it had to be Pepsi and never Coke. To be honest most of the food he prepared this way was pretty decent but it is not something I brought back home and used in my restaurants. I did learn, however, that sometimes carbonated soda can make for a wonderful marinade!
During the summer when I am grilling, I often will marinate a tri-tip in Dr. Pepper. Don't laugh, some of the "secret" ingredients in Dr. Pepper are herbs and spices! When it comes to pork, and especially boneless pork ribs, one of my favorite ways to prepare them is marinating them in an organic root beer!
The secret to marinating with soda is simple. Make sure you add the meat right away. You want the carbonation to permeate the fibers of the meat. Not only will you get a better taste, the meat will naturally tenderize! When serving this dish at the restaurants, we would slice the meat, drape it on the plate and drizzle with some of the juices.
Root Beer ribs is a very simple recipe and the ribs can either be grilled or broiled. Try it, it's fun, tasty, easy and pretty damn inexpensive!
Ingredients needed to make Root Beer Ribs (serves 2):
- 2 pounds boneless pork ribs (pork brisket ribs work very well)
- 1 12-ounce bottle organic root beer
- 2 green onions, minced
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. garlic salt
- Remove any excess fat from the ribs. Don't take it all off! Remember that fat acts as an insulation of sorts and protects the meat from intense heat!
- Into a shallow bowl, pour the root beer and wisk in the remaining ingredients.
- Immediately add the ribs. Let marinate at room temperature 45 minutes, turning a few times.
- Pre-heat your broiler.
- Place the ribs on a broiling pan and broil to your desired doneness.
- Remove from the broiler, plate-up and chow down!
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