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Coca-Cola BBQ Sauce

Recipe Info

Difficulty: Easy
Mess Level: Low
Yield: 2 ½ Cups
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 15 min


  • 2 Cups Coca-Cola
  • 1 ½ Cups Ketchup
  • ⅓ Cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • ⅓ Cup A-1 Steak Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Onion Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Black Pepper


  1. Add your Coca-Cola to a sauce pot and bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and let it cook until it’s reduced by half.
  2. Add all your other ingredients (I like to combine them all while the Coke is reducing), whisk to combine, and bring back to a boil.
  3. Immediately remove from the heat. Serve warm or cold, allow the sauce to cool completely before storing in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
  4. For a thicker sauce, simmer the mixture till thickened. For a thinner sauce, add more Coca-Cola.

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Savannah Says...

  1. What is reduction?

    1. Don't worry, it has nothing to do with math!
      Reduction is a thickening method. In this case, you’re evaporating the water out of the Coca-Cola by simmering it. The taste will be stronger and it will be more viscous.
  2. Can I use Dr. Pepper?

    1. The Doctor is in...
      I haven’t personally tried it but I don't see why not! Just be prepared to tinker with the recipe if need be, adjust it to your taste.

Ramblings of a Line Cook

When a girl from Kansas City tells you that this is one of the best BBQ sauces you’ll ever have, you know it’s real. There are different types of BBQ all over the US and not all of them are sauce based. But Kansas City is known for it's sweet, sticky, molasses-heavy sauces that come in squeeze bottles at the local BBQ joints.

Whether you’re greeted with “Hi, may I help you?” at Gates BBQ, or walking up to the counter at Arthur Bryant's where they slap down ribs and toss you your food with a disinterested “Now go pay for it,” or waiting 40 minutes in line at Oklahoma Joe’s, you’ll find yourself with a tray filled with brisket, ribs, pulled pork, and maybe a few sides to balance out the fact that you’re eating your weight in smoked meat for dinner.

You’ll carry it over to the condiment station and load up on napkins, then select from your BBQ sauces. Spicy or their standard house sauce, and you pour it on and then dig into the smoky, spicy, sweet, and sticky BBQ.

This Coca-Cola BBQ sauce is really like a marriage between Texas style and Kansas City style. It’s stupidly easy to make, all you need is a measuring cup and one pot. I’m not a big soda drinker, but when coffee doesn’t do the job Coca-cola is where I turn to. And I’d have to say this crazy soft drink makes the perfect base for a BBQ sauce.

So whether you’re feeling up to smoking or slow-roasting a rack of ribs, or just looking for something to jazz up some pulled chicken or pork, this BBQ sauce will take you there. A little zippier than your bottle of KC Masterpiece, and it will knock the socks off Sweet, Baby-Rays, you cannot go wrong.

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