Secret Ingredient BBQ Sauce

    20 min

    This is a fabulous sweet and spicy barbecue sauce with a secret ingredient - cola. You can use any kind of cola in this recipe, just don't use diet cola. It makes the sauce bitter. Enjoy throughout the BBQ season!

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    Serves: 48 

    • 250ml Coca-Cola, or similar cola
    • 250ml passata
    • 170g tomato puree
    • 50g butter
    • 60ml Worcestershire sauce
    • 110g dark brown soft sugar
    • 175g treacle
    • 60ml cider vinegar
    • 2 1/2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons steak sauce
    • 1 tablespoon prepared English mustard
    • 1 tablespoon chilli powder
    • 1 teaspoon dried savoury
    • 1 teaspoon onion powder
    • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
    • 1 teaspoon hot sauce

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:20min 

    1. In a large saucepan, mix together all ingredients, and stir to blend. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon.

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    OH MY GOSH!! Bubba, you rocked my world. This is sooo yummy, and very easy. Remember to cook slowly, and be patient - it will get thick. I took it to a family BBQ (of native Texans, no less) and everyone raved. Can't wait to cook ribs with it. This is my new favorite sauce!!  -  24 Sep 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    My God this sauce is fantastic!! I followed the recipe with only one change...used fresh onion instead of onion powder. I used this sauce with the Amazing Ribs recipe from this site (as did many of my fellow reviewers) and have gained major status in my family....all of whom love BBQ. Thank you Bubba for one of the BEST recipes I've found here yet.  -  26 Jan 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Very good I only made a couple of changes I used garlic powder instead of garlic salt and chopped oinon for onion powder( I like the flavor of fresh onions and the longer the simmering the better. A real winner  -  05 Jun 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)