Coca Cola, created in Atlanta, is probably the (legal) drink most people associate with the South. It has a huge presence here and when Southerners go into a restaurant they say, “Give me a coke” instead of “soft drink,” “soda” or “pop.” Whenever I see Coca Cola products I am always reminded of my husband’s great-great Grandfather who, when offered a chance to buy stock in the newly introduced product, said, “No, this product won’t ever do any good.” He was wrong and we all still shake our head sadly when we mention him. On my side of the family Coke was often a staple in recipes, we have Coke congealed salad, Coca-Cola cake and my personal favorite, Coca-Cola Barbque chicken. We would have batches of this chicken on the Fourth of July, along with other favorites like Southern Style Baked beans and Baked Macaroni and cheese. This sauce is simple to make and tastes delicious. It’s definitely a conversation starter when people ask what type of sauce you used.
- 2 cups (16 ounces) Coca Cola
- 2 cups (16 ounces) Ketchup
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- ½ cup (4 ounces) vinegar
- ¼ cup (2 ounces) brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon EACH black pepper, garlic powder and salt
- Mix pepper, garlic powder, salt and brown sugar together in a bowl. Place coca cola, ketchup, vinegar and onion in a medium saucepan. Add the dry ingredients and mix well. Bring to a bowl and then reduce heat to simmer. Simmer for one hour, stirring occasionally. Pour sauce mixture over chicken legs or pork and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees or until meat is completely cooked.
What is your favorite barbque dish? Do you have a simple barbque recipe?