#SRC: Barbecue cola pork

Today is my first Secret Recipe Club reveal and I am super excited. I had asked April to join the club quite a while ago, and I was psyched when she wrote me back and accepted me in the club. And I was even happier when I got my first assignment.

I was assigned to Leah’s beautiful blog: So, How’s It Taste? The great thing about her blog is that with every recipe she tells us how it tastes. And she tells it like it is: if something did not turn out great Leah lets us know.

Leah is a talented baker and has many recipes for cookies, cakes, and other fun desserts on her blog, but I am not that much of a baker. I didn’t one to do her a disservice and bake an horrible cake, I decided to showcase one of her savory recipes.

Cola Bbq Pork (1)


There were many to choose from and I was tempted by many, but I could not resist her barbecue cola chicken. Even if it was winter and the temperature in the Midwest approaches 0F making it de facto impossible to grill outside. Even if I did not have barbecue sauce. Even if I didn’t have chicken.

So i made my own barbecue sauce, I substituted the chicken with pork and I used the oven to grill my meat. The result was outstanding! I think I might never grill again without BBQ sauce and cola.

Cola BBQ pork

Yield: 2 Servings

Cola BBQ pork


    Cola BBQ sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 tbsp mustard
  • 1/3 cup vinegar
  • 2 tbsp worchester sauce
  • 1 tsp chili paste
  • salt
  • pepper
  • Pork
  • 1 can cola
  • BBQ sauce
  • 2 thick slices of grilling pork meat


  1. Mix all ingredients for the bbq sauce in a pot and put on a the fire + the cola. Cook for about 1 and 1/2 hour or until thick and reduced to about 2/3.
  2. Place the meat in a ziploc bag with the cola bbq sauce and let to marinade for 6 hours (and up to 12) in the fridge.
  3. Place the meat on a rack in an oven dish. The rack helps in achieving a BBQ like effect because it keeps the meat from sitting in its own grease as it bakes.
  4. Cook in a 400F oven for 45 minutes occasionally, turning and brushing the meat with some of the reserved marinade.

Now I will go hunt for my secret cook and explore all the other recipes prepared by SRC members!

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14 Responses to #SRC: Barbecue cola pork

  1. Margaret says:

    Welcome to SRC! Always fun. The pork looks delicious.

  2. I’m new to SRC too- great recipe!

  3. I love how creative you are when cooking. If you decide you are making something, you go right ahead and tweek without fear and always end up with a marvelous result. I am not quite as courageous. Back to the recipe, I made pulled pork a while back on my blog with Coke and besides being delicious, it is one of my most clicked posts… so we must be on to something! ;o)

  4. I have never cooked with coca cola before and from the looks of it, I am seriously missing out! This looks insane and I want it in front of me right now!!

  5. What a clever way to use cola in a savory dish!!

  6. I almost forgot that my mom has a recipe using coca cola. I think she mentioned that it gives nice caramel flavor. Looks great, I’d use pork or chicken too!

  7. I like the idea of marinating meat in cola. I do not think I’ll have your courage for a barbecue in the winter, but I put this recipe in things to do this summer!

  8. Brian says:

    I don’t blame you for not wanting to get out in 0 degree weather. Being resourceful like you were with this recipe really helps. Down here in Texas I think the recipe might go best using Dr. Pepper. I wouldn’t do that because I’m from Chicago, so maybe a little RC would hit the spot. Mmmm,Mmm. Can’t wait to try it.

  9. wok with ray says:

    Looks very succulent with the dripping barbecue sauce there. Have a good week, Pola! 🙂

  10. I love cola and pork together! I’ve never had it with chicken though but good to know that it suits both meats 🙂

  11. LeAndra says:

    Sounds delicious! I quit cooking a lot of chicken because I was bored of the same old herb combinations I use. This looks like a great alternative, and I like how you tried it out on pork.

  12. Lisa~~ says:

    Welcome to the SRC and what a delicious looking recipe. I have wanted to make a cola pork so I’m saving this recipe.

    I’d love for you to check out my SRC entry Lemon Almond Biscotti.


  13. wow this looks fingerlicking!

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