Sweet & Smokey Coca-Cola BBQ Sauce

CATEGORIES: Condiments, Kate, Stovetop

Once upon a time, I had this recipe for pork chops that you put in a baking dish and then topped with ketchup, some spices, and some Coke. Yes, it sounds kind of weird, but it was delicious. I mean, I was pregnant with my oldest son at the time, a time when food could taste more delicious and could taste more horrible than at any time ever, so I could be way off base. But I remember it being delicious.

I’m not sure what happened to that recipe, but I remembered it not too long ago when I had a craving for that sweet and tangy sauce that it was cooked in. After some light google stalking, I discovered that apparently this sauce thing isn’t so weird–it seems to be a staple, handed-down recipe in lots and lots of families and I had no idea it was a thing.

It’s funny that this is considered a recipe since it basically consists of other sauces all mixed together. But it’s not so funny once you’ve taken the 6-8 minutes it takes to make this sauce–it’s super serious. Like, the-most-delicicous-barbecue-sauce-recipe serious. I don’t jest about barbecue sauce.

You’re going to need 8 ounces of Coca-Cola, some ketchup, some Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, A-1 Sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, and freshly ground black pepper.

All you’ve gotta do is combine the ketchup, A-1, liquid smoke, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, and pepper in a medium saucepan. Pop open the Coke (this is totally not sponsored, I’m just a sucker for drinks in adorable retro bottles)

and pour in a 2-quart saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce heat and simmer for 6-8 minutes or until slightly reduced. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Transfer to a storage or serving container and refrigerate until ready to use. Serve with pulled pork, shredded beef (like this leftover French Dip beef), chicken, drizzled on top of fire-roasted post trick-or-treating hot dogs, or ribs. This can be stored for several weeks. Makes 2 cups.

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Sweet & Smokey Coca-Cola BBQ Sauce


Description

I don’t jest about barbecue sauce. Try this Sweet & Smokey Coca-Cola BBQ Sauce on top of chicken, ribs, or pork.


Ingredients

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  • 1 8-ounce bottle Coca-Cola (or just measure out 1 cup)
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1/4 cup A-1 Steak Sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine ingredients in a 2-quart saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce heat and simmer for 6-8 minutes or until slightly reduced. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  2. Transfer to a storage or serving container and refrigerate until ready to use. Serve with pulled pork, shredded beef, chicken, or ribs. Makes 2 cups.

Notes

Important Note

  • This can be stored for several weeks.

 

 

17 comments

  1. We had some leftover pulled pork from a BBQ restaurant and I didn’t know what to do with it, so I made this sauce and we had it for lunch. AMAZING! You never let us down!

  2. In reality splendid occupation with the blog. I do in the vein of your rigid effort and will linger for more post from you as post gave me joy and gives some helps to do same work right here. Thanks a lot…………………………

  3. loved! A keeper, made it for a party of 100. Many requests for the recipe and people came back just to use more sauce because they loved the flavor. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. This is a staple in my house. I usually double or triple the recipe it will keep for a couple months so it will be readily available I usually store it in the empty ketchup bottles. I also add honey and brown sugar to the basic recipe we like it sweet… So Yummy

  5. Just made it with cherry pomegranate Coke because that’s the only kind I had in the house. O. Holy. Night. It is soooooo good. I may never be the same again. It’s not super sweet, but that hint of fruit is just the right complement.

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