Coca-Cola Barbecue Sauce Recipe

May 22, 2012 1:01 pm

Feeling thirsty? This sauce recipe calls for a Coke

We can only hope you know the sweetness of the perfect barbecue sauce. It's tangy and a little spicy too, but when the sweet flavor hits that fatty meat it's a force to be reckoned with. Plenty of people just use brown sugar in their barbecue sauce recipes, but we've found that 2/3 of a can of Coke gives it a sharp, sweet kick.

Just make sure the soda's flat. Or don't — we're sure you're one of those guys who just loves scraping burnt crap off your stovetop.

barbecue sauce recipe
Photo: Kendra Bailey Morris
Coke adds life — to barbecue sauce.
Servings: 2 1/2 cups


1/8 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups ketchup
1 tablespoon freshly grated garlic
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon hot sauce
8 ounces flat regular cola
  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine sauce ingredients.
  2. Cook for about 15-20 minutes, or until thickened.
Level of Difficulty: 
Prep Time: 
5 minutes
Cooking Time: 
20 minutes
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