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Big Red BBQ Rib Glaze

This recipe by Texas BBQ expert, Jess Pryles, offers the perfect combination of savory and sweet with Big Red soda

It's summertime and with the warm weather comes the necessity of good ole BBQ! With its sweet cherry notes, this glaze is a perfect match for pork ribs. Apply glaze towards the end of the cook to give ribs a sticky, sweet, and shiny finish.

If you prefer a spicier kick, add in an extra 1⁄2 tsp of cayenne powder! This glaze can also be used as syrupy drizzle on other pork dishes, too.


For the glaze

  • 20 Ounces soda, such as Big Red Soda
  • 1 Cup ketchup
  • 1 Teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 Teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcesteshire sauce
  • 1/2 Cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 Cup water
  • 1/2 Teaspoon pepper
  • 2 Teaspoons salt
  • 2 Tablespoons cherry jam
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon cayenne


For the glaze

Pour Big Red into a small saucepan, and place over low-medium heat to reduce. You want to get the soda down to a syrup, reducing by nearly 6 times. The final amount left in your pan when properly reduced should be approximately 1/2 cup.

In another pan, combine all other ingredients over low heat and mix well. Add in reduced Big Red syrup and allow mixture to simmer for 5-10 minutes.

Cool slightly, then apply to ribs 15-20 minutes before end of cook time, allowing glaze to set and gel before serving.

Store in airtight glass jar for up to one week in the refrigerator.

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Recipe courtesy of Texas barbecue and lifestyle expert Jess Pryles.