Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Sweet Cola BBQ Sauce

I have always wanted to try a recipe using Coco-Cola as an ingredient. I never did cause I always felt that using Coco-Cola as an ingredient is rather expensive. This time though, I managed to buy a bottle of Coco-Cola on discount.  But, instead of enjoying it straightaway, I kept it for a big party gathering.  Unfortunately, no parties took place and the Coco-Cola went flat.  So......ha, ha, I was *forced* to do a Coco-Cola recipe now instead of flushing it down the drain! (Flat soft drinks are undrinkable to me!)

I chose to do a BBQ sauce. I saw many different ones on the internet but I finally chose this one by The Neelys. It sounded the best.

When we first tasted it, we thought it tasted awful! There was such a strong smell and taste of vinegar. But, after I added about 1/3 cup of brown sugar, it was much better!  The balance of sweet and sour was just nice.  
Food Network Neely's BBQ Sauce
Sweet Cola BBQ Sauce

It taste delicious on BBQ ribs. (I will blog about my oven baked 'BBQ' ribs later).
Homemade Oven Baked 'BBQ' Ribs
BBQ Ribs Using the Sweet Cola BBQ Sauce
A note though, please cook it in a non-reactive saucepan as this sauce has very acidic ingredients that may react with your pan affecting the taste of the sauce.

Here's the recipe:
Sweet Cola BBQ Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 can cola
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar (I added about 1/3 cup more)
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, add oil. Once heated, add the onion and garlic and saute until tender. Add all the remaining sauce ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook uncovered, stirring frequently, for 1 hour 15 minutes.

P.S. After reviewing some more recipes using Coca-Cola as an ingredient, I decided that none of them was worth making.  What did I do with an almost full bottle of Coca-Cola?  Find out in my next post. Wink! Wink!

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