Aug 5, 2013

Coca Sauce

Coca Sauce

Did I ever mention the BBQ sauces you can buy in squeeze bottles over here? Probably best if I leave you in a state of blissful ignorance. Not much to say about them anyway except that they’re better left on the supermarket shelf. They’re little more than glorified bell pepper sauces with some added sugar. They make no sense whatsoever.

So being able to make your own bbq sauce is a must in the Netherlands. This is my family’s favourite; it’s sweet, sticky and flavourful with a great balance and slight kick. Jayden named this Coca Sauce when he was little. He had a tough time saying cola—it came out sounding like he was Mexican and can be best described as Coja.

We never changed it so that’s the name it still has today. The recipe’s still the same as well, super-easy and it pairs really well with my Soul Dust. Just thought I’d pass it along!

 

Directions:

1 cup Coca Cola
1 cup ketchup
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 small onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup white vinegar or (preferably) cider vinegar
2 1/2 tbsp light brown sugar
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp lemon pepper
1 tbsp worcestershiresauce
1 tsp olive oil

Optional: 1 tbsp sweet mango chutney

 

Directions:

Finely chop the onion as well as the garlic. The coke is just regular ole coca cola. Loads of caffeine.
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I’ll take my caffeine fix anyway I can: coffee IV bag, chocolate, mountain dew or BBQ sauce… I’m so easy-going.
 

Heat the olive oil and sauté the onion for a few minutes until it softens but doesn’t brown. Add the garlic during the last minute.
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You can add your onion and garlic raw and just let it simmer with the sauce, but the flavour is so much better if you sauté them first.
 

Pour in the coke, ketchup and vinegar. Heinz, of course! You can replace the white vinegar with cider vinegar or even fresh lemon juice.
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The only reason I used white vinegar is because I ran out of apple cider vinegar. That should be your first choice!
 

Add the sugar, spices, salt and worcestershiresauce.
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Bring it to a boil and lower the heat.
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Let it happily bubble away for 20 to 25 minutes, uncovered. Stir now and then.
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Until it’s been reduced to a thick sauce with a few floating onions here and there.
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Here’s my dirty little secret: as soon as the sauce is done, I stir in a heaping tbsp of sweet mango chutney. It’s the perfect finishing touch.
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Let the sauce cool off completely.
 

Put it on ribs, meatballs, grilled chicken, pulled pork… whatever you can think of and then some.
Coca Sauce

Coca Sauce
Ingredients
    1 cup Coca Cola
    1 cup ketchup
    1 garlic clove, minced
    1/2 small onion, finely chopped
    1/4 cup white vinegar or (preferably) cider vinegar
    2 1/2 tbsp light brown sugar
    1/2 tsp kosher salt
    1/2 tsp ground ginger
    1/2 tsp chili powder
    1 tsp lemon pepper
    1 tbsp worcestershiresauce
    1 tsp olive oil

    Optional: 1 tbsp sweet mango chutney

Directions
    Finely mince the onion and garlic. Heat the olive oil and sauté the onion for a few minutes until it softens but doesn’t brown. Add the garlic during the last minute. Pour in the coke, ketchup and vinegar. You can replace the white vinegar with cider vinegar or even fresh lemon juice. Add the sugar, spices, salt and worcestershiresauce. Let it simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, uncovered. As soon as the sauce is done you stir in the sweet mango chutney.

Meal type: Sauces
Servings: 1
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    13 Comments »

    1. 1

      It’s not far off my standard homemade BBQ sauce, except I use molasses instead of coke. Of course, since molasses is hard to get here sometimes, it’s good to know that coke is an option. Makes sense, actually.

      Alison on Aug 5, 2013 @ 11:22 am Reply
      1. You can buy molasses at De Tuinen!

        Kay on Aug 5, 2013 @ 11:24 am Reply
        1. Good to know! The toko I go to has started carrying it, as well. I only use it for the sauce, so a bottle lasts quite a while!

          Alison on Aug 5, 2013 @ 12:05 pm Reply
          1. The one they sell at De Tuinen is much thicker than, say, Grandma’s molasses, though!

            Kay on Aug 5, 2013 @ 12:16 pm
    2. 2

      Following on from the last comment…. If you were using molasses instead of the Coca Cola, how much would you use? 

      Hazel on Aug 5, 2013 @ 11:45 am Reply
      1. Molasses is more like a thick sugar paste, so you’d also have to replace the liquid with something else. It would be a very different recipe.

        Kay on Aug 5, 2013 @ 12:15 pm Reply
        1. Ah, thank you Kay – I wasn’t quite sure how that would work!  There’s very little in the UK that comes even close to a decent sticky BBQ sauce so I’m going to give this a try tomorrow – I can almost smell it already!

          Hazel on Aug 5, 2013 @ 9:03 pm Reply
    3. 3

      Awesome recipe. Similar to ours here in Texas. Instead of Mango we put in ripe peaches ,since we have lots of them, giving the same subtle fruit taste. Oh, and sometimes we’ll add a bit of cumin for a south of the border background. And, being Texans, we use this sauce on everything, I MEAN EVERYTHING !

      Diamondmarco on Aug 5, 2013 @ 2:08 pm Reply
      1. Love the idea of adding peach! Would you mind sharing your recipe?

        Kay on Aug 5, 2013 @ 8:07 pm Reply
    4. 4

      lloking to try this , thank u for sharing 

      fardous on Aug 6, 2013 @ 4:36 am Reply
    5. 5

      Nice!
      But why kosher salt? Is the taste different? Can I use normal salt?

      Badr on Aug 7, 2013 @ 5:32 pm Reply
      1. No particular reason. It’s a great salt to work with.

        Sure you can use regular salt. Use half the amount, tho.

        Kay on Aug 7, 2013 @ 8:34 pm Reply
    6. 6

      I know this is an old post but just a quick question. can you use dr pepper in place of the coke?

      Chelsea on Jan 11, 2015 @ 12:20 am Reply

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