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Cola Barbecue Sauce

A little while back, we got one of those super cool smokers from the good folks at Masterbuilt. I was so happy to finally have one because I knew my husband would take the reins on the whole “smoking deal” and go to town with smoking whatever he could get his hands on. I was right. He loves it. As long as I shop for the meat or fish and tell him what time dinner needs to be ready, he’s all about figuring out the rubs and sauces and timing of the smoking process.  Our favorite thing to smoke is dry-rubbed ribs, and then we slather them with barbecue sauce.  Here’s a homemade sauce I made:  Cola Barbecue Sauce.

I figured this one would be fun for Father’s Day… a gift from Mom of sorts, with a label and all!

It’s pretty much a no-brainer kind of sauce recipe.  Mix all of the ingredients together, let them simmer until the sauce is reduced and thickened.

A little dip of the spoon in there will cue you in as to whether or not it’s thick enough.

Look for some free “homemade by” labels  to print online (or make your own).  Look for labels here, here and especially here.

This barbecue sauce will keep covered in a jar or a plastic tub in your fridge for a few weeks.

And if you have yourself a smoker, I highly recommend smoking some ribs low and slow for a few hours and then dousing them with sauce!  You can always cook ribs low and slow in the oven too, following a recipe/method like this one.

Now, dig in and get those hands dirty!  Happy Father’s Day 🙂

P.S. My Master-Smoker Husband used this dry rub recipe for his ribs.

Yield: 3 3/4 cups

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 15 min

Cola Barbecue Sauce


1 1/2 cups cola (or pepsi)
1 1/2 cups ketchup
6 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
4 tablespoons steak sauce (such as A-1)
1 tablespoon chipotle Tabasco sauce (or 2 teaspoons liquid smoke)
1 1/2 teaspoons dried onion flakes
1 1/2 teaspoons dried garlic flakes
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Regular Tabasco sauce or Frank's Hot Sauce, optional (add a few drops if you like things spicy)


1. Combine ingredients, whisk together and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring often, until sauce has reduced slightly and thickened.
2. Use sauce immediately or transfer to a large jar. Cool completely, then cover and refrigerate (will keep for several weeks).



  1. postedJun 14, 2012 6:49 AM

    Oh goodness gracious, me. Slurp.

    SO fun meeting you, Lori!

  2. postedJun 14, 2012 7:09 AM

    Thanks for the links to the labels, they are so cute! I’ve been eyeing the smokers! Happy road tripping and Fathers Day to the dads in your life!!

  3. postedJun 14, 2012 8:22 AM

    Yum! I think I need a smoker!

  4. postedJun 14, 2012 8:50 AM

    What a great Fathers Day idea! I actually love using barbecue sauce in meatloaf. Is that weird?

  5. postedJun 14, 2012 8:59 AM

    My hubs loves his smoker and he loves a good barbecue sauce! I just made some earlier this week for some pulled pork but I love how you added cola in it!

  6. postedJun 14, 2012 9:36 AM

    I don’t eat meat but I LOVE sauces…and this one would be so awesome on just about anything!

  7. postedJun 14, 2012 2:49 PM

    Oh man, who would’ve thought to add cola in bbq sauce? You are a genius, Lori!

  8. postedJun 14, 2012 7:01 PM

    The sauce looks yummy! ..and thank you so much for also posting the link to the dry rub recipe!! I LOVE my hubby cooking on the grill. Thanks again! 🙂

  9. postedJun 15, 2012 12:15 AM

    This looks awesome!!! I love homemade BBQ sauce. That’s all I use! I really want to try this one though. 🙂

  10. postedJun 15, 2012 4:36 AM

    Ohhh, I have to try this recipe!! It sounds amazing!! Homemade BBQ sauce is the best!!!

  11. postedJun 15, 2012 7:26 AM

    I made a different version of this sauce a few weeks ago, it was delicious! Yours looks incredible, and I love the little labels to make this for dad.

  12. postedJun 15, 2012 8:59 AM

    This is right up our alley! we are big BBQ people and Coke is never in short supply, thanks to my husband!

    Can’t wait to try this Lori! – I shared it on FB too!

  13. postedJun 15, 2012 2:24 PM
    Debbie Rogers

    Try making the sauce with Dr. Pepper some time. GOOD!

  14. postedJun 15, 2012 7:52 PM

    wow, i bet the sugars would caramelize gorgeously! thanks for sharing!

  15. postedJun 16, 2012 12:27 AM

    D: i super super love bbq sauce. this is for keeps!! i can`t wait to make this some day!

  16. postedJun 16, 2012 6:52 AM

    Mmmm. I think I just figured out father’s day supper. Nothing runs closer to a man’s heart that a good ol’ rack of meaty dry rubbed ribs slathered with homemade sauce. Bring on the napkins!

  17. postedJun 17, 2012 4:09 AM

    This bbq sauce sounds so American – I can’t wait to make it. Americans know sauce. 🙂

  18. postedJun 17, 2012 6:39 PM

    Ooo, I’ve been looking for a new bbq sauce to try. I think this is it!

  19. postedJun 18, 2012 7:08 AM

    I am definitely trying this! My husband loves new sauces and I bet I could talk my kids into helping 🙂

  20. postedJun 18, 2012 5:36 PM

    that smoker could quite possibly change my existence! and homemade bbq sauce – there truly is nothing better – looks delish, Lori!

  21. postedJun 22, 2012 6:44 PM

    Seriously- you are amazing. This recipe is So creative Lori! What a fun idea. Hope you are having fun traveling the East Coast!

  22. postedNov 27, 2012 5:52 AM

    Looks really nice – but does it really count as “homemade” when almost all of the ingredients are prefabricated sauces?

    Just a question 🙂 Would love to see a recipe for a BBQ-sauce made from scratch.

    • postedNov 27, 2012 1:52 PM

      You’ve got a point there 😉

  23. postedApr 21, 2013 8:33 AM
    Lesley Zonfrillo

    Wowsa! This was a bit too spicy for me so next te I’m going to try and add less chipotle Tabasco and no ordinary Tabasco. Am sure my husband will like this though.

  24. postedJun 20, 2016 11:30 AM

    Love the sauce. I modified it a bit. Instead of Chipotle Tabasco i used 1 tbsp of chili powder. My chili powder I make my self its really hot. Smoke was from hickory wood in my smoker. But it was a great sauce. I wanted a change of pace from my normal honey brown beer sauce.

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