This is the first French Fridays with Dorie recipe I have been really excited about in a while. Initially because I had read rave reviews for it. My excitement grew when I read Dorie's intro because her recipe was based on a dish made by a chef that had spent time here in my home state of Kentucky and while here developed a fondness for barbecue and cola. I hadn't expected to see any mention of our lovely state in her cookbook and was thrilled when I did.
The recipe comes together easily enough, but does need some babying while cooking. Chinese five-spice powder is a new ingredient for me and I was eager to try it. The remaining flavors; orange, lemon, apricot, and cola are all favorites of mine so I expected to love these ribs.
It wasn't love, but like for me. My husband thought they were really good which I was surprised by but for me, they were just OK. The ribs weren't as tender as I had hoped and the Asian flavor was a bit off-putting for me. Not bad, just not great either.
PS - Sorry for the bad picture! It is so hard to get good photos of meat!