Jack & Coke BBQ Sauce

I made up a BBQ sauce recipe on the fly last summer using Coke. It was so good! But the more times I tried to re-create it, the further and further the recipe got away. I’ve realized on my winter BBQ sauce making break that I was using too much Coke. There is a very fine line between dessert sauce & BBQ sauce, and that line is crossed with a couple ounces of soda (you can try any soda you like, I’ve done Pepsi, root beer, orange – different sodas produce different flavored sauces).



Today I’ve acheived BBQ sauce yumminess again – and here’s the recipe for that yumminess:

In a large saucepan, over medium heat, heat 2 tbs oil or butter (or a mix of both), then sautée in 1 cup finely diced onion & grate in 3 large cloves of garlic. Cook until onions are soft.

Turn heat to low and mix in the following: 3/4 c ketchup 2 tbs honey 1/3 c brown sugar 1 tsp molasses 1 tbs Worcestershire 1/2 tsp chili powder 1/4 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp onion powder 1/4 tsp salt 1/8 tsp pepper

After well mixed, turn heat to medium and mix in 1-2 oz of Jack Daniels or other whiskey. Allow to cook a few minutes. Add 6 ounces of Coke or other soda. It will get bubbly. Mix constantly for one minute, then turn heat to medium-low. Cook until thick and saucy, stirring every 3-5 minutes. Will thicken in about 20-30 minutes.


To oven BBQ, I basted each side of the pre-cooked chicken breast tenderloins, cranked the oven to broil, then double basted and broiled each side for 3-4 minutes.


Note that BBQ sauce is very forgiving. You don’t have to have all of the spices or you can try different ones. A good base will almost always be ketchup (or an equal mix of tomato sauce & paste), brown sugar – dark or light, spices and a reduced liquid like beef stock, juice or soda. Make it your own!


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