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Coca-Cola Barbecue Sauce Recipe {So Good!}

This easy-to-make batch of Coca-Cola Barbecue Sauce makes up enough for 2-3 meals. So get out your mason jars, and cook up some of this delicious BBQ sauce just in time for summer grilling.

Coca-Cola Barbecue Sauce

Coca-Cola Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Are you looking for grilling sauces? I’ve got a few other recipes that you might want to try out, like… Root beer barbecue sauce, , Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce  or, Basic Barbecue Sauce Recipe

You might even like trying a sauce that’s not actually barbecue, but this delicious Vidalia Onion Sauce for Grilled meat 

Coca-Cola BBQ sauce recipe

I’ve always wanted to try this Coca-Cola Barbecue Sauce Recipe. Homemade sauce is always better than the store-bought sauce, and Coke is an ingredient that just sounds intriguing to me.

Coca-Cola BBQ Sauce Recipe

I have to tell you it’s so good on grilled meat. Simply delicious!

Coca-Cola bbq sauce

When do you add Barbecue Sauce to meat?

  • You should add BBQ sauce at the end of the cooking period -about 15-20 minutes before the meat is done
Coca-Cola Barbecue Sauce

Because of its’ thickness, this sauce would be perfect for BBQ ribs.

How do you get Barbecue Sauce to stick to Ribs?

  • Ribs cook long and slow. The barbecue sauce can be applied for up to an hour before finishing the ribs. Apply sauce every 15 minutes to the ribs to add layers of sauce

How long will Homemade Barbecue Sauce last in the fridge?

  • Cover sauce and store in the refrigerator for up to 10 days

Coca-Cola Barbecue Sauce

  • Author: Melissa
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 23 cups of sauce 1x


  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic – sliced – or 2 tsp. of garlic powder
  • 1 medium yellow onion – chopped
  • 2 cups of ketchup
  • 1 8 oz. bottle or can of Coke
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp. of white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. of yellow mustard
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 tsp. of ground black pepper


  1. Saute the onion and garlic in olive oil over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Or, until the onions become translucent and tender
  2. Add the ketchup, Coke, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, and mustard
  3. Crumble a bay leaf in your hands and add that to the sauce. Finally, add the pepper
  4. Let the sauce come to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover, and let it simmer for about an hour – stirring occasionally
  5. Let the sauce cool down, and transfer it to a blender or food processor
  6. Grind the sauce so the bits of onion, garlic, and bay leaf is super fine
  7. Transfer the sauce into jars for storing and pouring


To thin sauce that has become to thick – add chicken or beef broth until it the texture you are looking for


Storing: Homemade sauce can last up to 10 days, covered in the refrigerator

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~Melissa –

This recipe was adapted from the Calvin Christian School Cookbook

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