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Coca-Cola BBQ Sauce

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Even if you have a go-to bbq sauce, you’re going to want to try this Coca-Cola BBQ Sauce. It’s a tangy, spicy and ever so slightly sweet bbq sauce that will keep you coming back for more.

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Coca-Cola BBQ Sauce

Just about three years ago, I almost missed the best day of my best friends life – her wedding. I know, right? Horrible friend. But before you crucify me, here’s the story. And it’s a good one.

I was the maid (actually matron) of honor at my best friends wedding. Adam was the best man – the groom was his best friend. First of all, how cool is that? Our best friends were getting MARRIED. You guys, we’ve had so many good times together. When your best friend is dating your husbands best friend, the double dates are epic.

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When Adam and I got married, Jamie was my maid of honor and Matt was Adam’s best man. Now, it was our turn to play those rolls in their wedding. Only this time, things were slightly different. And by things, I mean I was 9 months pregnant and just a few days away from my due date the day of their wedding. Basically, I was a whale in a bridesmaids dress.

But before I even got to the dress, I almost didn’t even get to wear it. The day before their wedding, aka rehearsal dinner day, I was stuck in the hospital ALL. DAY. LONG.

I was literally in a hospital bed in the maternity ward, all hooked up to things being monitored and told I was most likely going to be induced. ARE YOU KIDDING ME. First of all, pregnancy hormones were in full swing. How could I miss Jamie’s wedding, how could I be having a baby (umm.. yeah…), what about my dogs, they won’t even know what happened to me… blah blah. I was a freaking emotional mess. If there was ever a time to have a full-blown pregnancy/hormone induced melt down, this was absolutely it.

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My doctor finally decided very late that afternoon that if I absolutely stayed off my feet as much as possible, I could go. I made a bunch of promises that I wasn’t 100% able to keep but I was there for Jamie’s big day.

So, to make a long story short, we made it to the rehearsal, I didn’t go into labor during the wedding and now between the four of us, there’s 3 kids. And this is where I would insert a million laughing so hard I’m crying emoticons because looking back on it, that whole weekend was a roller coaster. Kelsey literally could have been the ultimate wedding crasher. Oh my life.

Since it’s their 3rd year wedding anniversary soon, I thought I’d make Matt and Jamie a fun little homemade gift. According to Hallmark, traditional 3 year wedding anniversary gifts are leather. Modern 3 year wedding anniversary gifts are crystal/glass. I went with modern because, hello glass mason jars. You can put ANYTHING into a glass mason jar so I’m sticking to modern “tradition” with a tasty twist. May also happens to be National BBQ Month so in true quirky Sharon fashion, I’m filling my glass gift with homemade Coca-Cola BBQ Sauce. Awesome-sauce.

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I saw Matt and Jamie’s names on the Coca-Cola Share a Coke 20 oz bottles at Walmart (they have the widest selection AND the most organized selection of Coca-Cola personalized 20 oz bottles in the soda aisle display) when I was checking out. Their names were literally next to each other (front and back) on the shelf. If that’s not a sure fired sign, I don’t know what is. It’s like fate. Or destiny. Or maybe just love in all forms? So I get to share a coke and this awesome coca-cola bbq sauce with my bestie. Double win. Happy Anniversary guys, I big puffy heart love you both ❤

Walmart also has special in-store display bins for the Share a Coke bottles. Can’t find your name in-store? No problem! Find your name HERE.
Who would you share a coke with?

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Coca-Cola BBQ Sauce

4.45 from 9 ratings
Even if you have a go-to bbq sauce, you’re going to want to try this Coca-Cola BBQ Sauce. It’s a tangy, spicy and ever so slightly sweet bbq sauce that will keep you coming back for more.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
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  • 1 C Coca Cola
  • 1 C ketchup
  • 1/4 C Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 C gluten free steak sauce
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar packed
  • 3 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper more or less to taste
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp water


  • Add all ingredients EXCEPT the cornstarch and water to a medium sized sauce pan. Heat over medium heat and whisk until completely combined.
  • Bring the bbq sauce to a low boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the water and cornstarch. Whisk the cornstarch slurry into the simmering bbq sauce. The sauce will thicken within a minute.
  • Remove the sauce from the heat, pour into a glass mason jar and cool to room temperature. Cover and store in the refrigerator.


Recipe adapted from Food Network.


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  1. Susan Lubliner says:

    5 stars
    Sounds delicious! How long can the unused sauce stay in the fridge?

  2. Mason jars are a cute idea for a gift. The fact that you put BBQ sauce in them is “icing on the cake.” That was a bad pun, perhaps it’s the icing on the ribs? If I were your bestie, I’d be batting my eye lashes for an anniversary BBQ party. Cheers!

  3. Sharon, I love that you made BBQ Sauce with Coco-Cola. My mouth is watering thinking about tasting that tangy sweet combo!

  4. That sounds like the perfect BBQ sauce. Pinned!

  5. Karly says:

    This is a must-try for our next barbecue! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  6. Stephanie says:

    What a fun anniversary gift! As a huge Coca Cola fan, I’m sad to say that I don’t think I’ve ever tried a Coca Cola BBQ sauce – I must change that soon! So glad you were able to Share a Coke with your good friends! #client

  7. Beth says:

    This is such a cute idea for a 3rd year anniversary gift as you can really put anything in a mason jar!

  8. Marye says:

    I love a good bbq sauce! This has all the right stuff – what a great gift!