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.
I don’t jest about barbecue sauce. Try this Sweet & Smokey Coca-Cola BBQ Sauce on top of chicken, ribs, or pork.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- This can be stored for several weeks.