One thing I’ve noticed about Southern cooks is that they have a knack for taking common, everyday items and using them to give dishes a spin that’s distinct to the South. The recipe below is a great example. Soda pop turns a regular barbecue sauce into a uniquely flavorful glaze for pork ribs.
Cooks in the South have their own individual preferences for what type of soda to use, but having tried out numerous recipes, I can tell you that any brown soda — whether it’s a basic cola, Cherry Coke, root beer or even Dr. Pepper — will result in a finger-licking good sauce. Just don’t use diet soda! The sugar is key.