Love diving in to a pile of saucy ribs, but don’t have a smoker? Here’s a grilled rib recipe sweetened with cola that even a barbecue novice can make. What results is some serious pit master-worthy 'cue that’s built for a cold beverage and a stack of napkins.

Before you tackle these ribs, here are 5 tips to get you started:

  1. Be sure to remove the outer membrane from your ribs, which is the white, shiny covering on the inner bone side. Not only does it offer an unappealing chew, but it prevents your seasonings from reaching the precious meat. To do this, slip a knife under the membrane to get it started and then slide your hand under to pull back the flap.
  2. Trim, dry, rub and marinate. Once you’ve removed the membrane, trim away any excess fat and blot your racks dry. Apply the dry rub and let it rest for about an hour so your flavors will meld.
  3. No peeky. Each time you open the foil all that precious steam and heat escapes. And don’t overcook. The ribs should exhibit a nice, tender chew so they will hold up on the grill.
  4. Get your sauce right. That means no diet cola. Use only regular cola, and the flatter it is the better so it won’t foam up during cooking.
  5. Once your ribs hit the grill watch them carefully. They should exhibit a nice glaze and little char. Burning the sauce will result in a bitter taste.