Mama’s Coca Cola BBQ Sauce

This family Coca-Cola BBQ Sauce recipe is an all-time favorite. Sweet, spicy, and oh so delicious, this bbq sauce recipe is a must in my family.

Mama's Coca Cola BBQ Sauce - This family Coca-Cola BBQ Sauce recipe is an all-time favorite. Sweet, spicy, and oh so delicious, this bbq sauce recipe is a must in my family. //

My Mama’s Coca Cola BBQ Sauce is a tangy, delicious bbq sauce that is perfect on so many dishes from pulled pork to chicken to ribs. It’s been a favorite in my family for decades and remains high on my list of most loved bbq sauces.

Mama’s Coca Cola BBQ Sauce

When my husband and I first married I decided I was going to make a big pot of beef stew for our supper one night. I looked in my recipe book that my Mama gave me as a wedding present and then called my Mama to make sure I knew exactly how she prepared hers. I went to the grocery store and picked the freshest of ingredients, cooked it low and slow all day long, and that night excitedly served up huge bowls of beef stew with buttermilk cornbread.

The first bite I took, I was a bit disappointed.

While the flavor was similar, it was still not exactly my Mama’s beef stew. I said as much to my new husband who replied, “well, it doesn’t look and taste like my Mama’s either.”

For whatever silly reason, I let the comment hurt my feelings and didn’t make beef stew for years until I realized my husband wasn’t saying anything to hurt my feelings. He was only speaking the truth – no judgement involved.

And there lies the heart of the matter, Mama always makes it the best way. There’s just no two ways about it. No matter how old I am or how much I cook, I still prefer my Mother’s cooking to my own – even if I’ve followed her recipe exactly. I tease that it must be the way she stirs or that her wooden spoons have more flavor aged into them than mine do. Regardless of the reason, I’m not complaining.

And his Mama makes it the best way, too.

It’s the way of the world and one of the things that I’m counting on when my son grows up. Not that I’m wishing for him to like my cooking over his wife’s – well, not all of it anyway. I just hope he always remember how his Mama’s beef stew or waffles or whatever it is he’s having tasted.

Truth be told, I bet your Mama or Grandmama make a recipe the best way, too.

Speaking of those recipes that Mamas just make best, my Mama makes a sweet and tangy BBQ sauce that I just absolutely love. It goes great with pulled pork, BBQ chicken, meatloaf, and of course on ribs. Mama’s bbq sauce is certainly one of my all time favorites. {But my husband thinks his Mama’s is better.}

How to Make It

Here’s how my Mama makes her BBQ sauce.

Add ketchup to a small sauce pan over low to medium heat.



Next add in your Worcestershire sauce.



A little bit of garlic seasoning salt.



And of course some delicious Coca-Cola, or Coke.


Next comes the brown sugar.


And a few dashes of hot sauce for that bit of spicy kick.


Mama's Coca Cola BBQ Sauce - This family Coca-Cola BBQ Sauce recipe is an all-time favorite. Sweet, spicy, and oh so delicious, this bbq sauce recipe is a must in my family. //

This sauce works great with any meats, but is especially good with chicken and pork.

While it may not be like your Mama’s BBQ Sauce, I don’t think your Mama would mind so much if you give it a try. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does!

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5 from 1 vote

Mama’s Coca Cola BBQ Sauce

This family Coca Cola BBQ Sauce recipe is an all-time favorite. Sweet, spicy, and oh so delicious, this bbq sauce recipe is a must in my family.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bbq, bbq sauce, coca cola bbq sauce
Servings: 12
Calories: 0
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 cup Coca-Cola
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar loose
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce


  • Mix all ingredients together in a saucepan over medium to low heat.
  • Allow to boil for about 5 to 10 minutes until reduced and thickened.
  • Remove from heat and pour into cleaned jars and store in the refrigerator for several months or use immediately.



35 comments on “Mama’s Coca Cola BBQ Sauce”

  1. Its true- Mama’s ALWAYS make it the best! Just something about having someone else do it for you- someone who loves you- makes even a simple sandwich that much better!

  2. Hmmm – this looks stick to your ribs delicious.

  3. Love your family stories, Robin! Keep ’em comin’ girl!

  4. That sounds yummy!

    Funny that I was just talking to my son yesterday about what he will say to his wife if she makes something not as good as me. He said that he is going to have me give him all his best recipes and GIVE THEM TO HER TO COOK FOR HIM. {smack my head} WHAT??? I nicely told him that his wife is not there to cook for him and that he should make them for her!!! Thank goodness he is only 13 so I still have some years to train him!

  5. Robyn – This is a keeper, for sure!! Will try this on your slow cooker BBQ Pork Chops. Love trying new bbq sauce recipes – so thanks for this recipe!

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  7. I put some boneless, skinless chicken thighs in the crockpot & poured this sauce over them. Oh,my! was it ever yummy!

  8. I made this BBQ sauce for our familys labor day picnic which we had on Saturday, I put it over pulled pork I had cooked low & slow with a dry rub. It was a total success everybody loved the BBQ Sauce, had to sharethe recipe.
    Thanks for sharing with us 🙂

  9. I tried this recipe but with a few of my own additions. I used the broth from my pork, reduced it and added a cup of red wine together with the rest of the ingredients mentioned by you. Turned out absolutely yum! Thanks for your recipe. Kudos to your mum!

  10. It’s possible that the reason your sauce tastes different from your mom’s is that you are using coke in a can. She probably used coke from a glass bottle. Coke in a can kind of tastes like the can, a mettalic taste. Try coke in a glass bottle. I think it makes a big difference. Some people may not even notice, though. By the way, the sauce is wonderful! Thanks for the recipe!

  11. My mother made the most wonderful spaghetti sauce. She would let it cook all day long. Unfortunatly, she passed away before I thought to ask her how she made it.

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  15. Funny enough I strongly dislike Ketchup and Coca-Cola. But I made this recipe anyway and it was absolutely delicious!! Thank you! I made it with your stuffed peppers. It was a wonderful dinner last night Thanks to you!

  16. Made this with pork ribs and it was amazing. Made it again with pulled pork and I’m looking forward to it for dinner. I’ve made other bbq sauces much more complicated and still, nothing else compares to this one! Sweet, tangy, delicious! Thanks for sharing.

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  18. This sounds wonderful but hubby just diagnosed with diabetes. Any idea if this would work with Splenda brown sugar and diet soda? Thanks so much.

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  20. Made this tonight for ribs and it was delicious! I didn’t have Worcestershire sauce so I subbed half apple cider vinegar and half Bragg’s seasoning (didn’t even think it through, just winged it). So yummy! Will be coming back to this recipe again and again.

  21. my mouth is just watering!!please send me some recipes!!i love your cooking!!!

  22. GREAT bbq SUACE, TRY ADDING A LITTLE TOUCH OF MOLASSES, AND Dr. pepper in place of the Coke the DR.
    pepper has a bit more caramelized flavor

  23. Robyn… Your mama’s Coca-Cola BBQ sauce is definitely 5 * and I’d give it more if I could. I used it yesterday in the slow cooker with boneless country style pork ribs and they turned out melt-in-your-mouth delicious. My only regrets… there were no leftovers. Thank you for sharing !!

  24. I have used this several times as an overnight marinade for my pork ribs .
    If slow cooking, no more than 4 hours , or it tends to break down a bit, but still fantastically sweet !

  25. This recipe saved my ribs. My go-to method is smoking in a bullet smoker (WSM) which I have down pat but I needed to do this as an overnighter as I only had 3 hr the next morning.

    I found a crock pot recipe that used this sauce. 10 Hour on low was way to long for spares but this sauce saved them.

    I did add about a tablespoon of molasses and 1/2t of cayenne (more punchy than hot sauce–I have a homemade scotch bonnet sauce but with pineapples in it and being scotch bonnets I felt the cayenne was the better way to go).

    I increased the above sauce by 50% to accomodate 6lb of spares (raw) with the above noted additions.

    This was very very good.

  26. Will diet coke make it taste the same?

    • I’ve not made it that way, so I’m not sure if it will taste exactly the same. Thanks so much!

    • Diet soda DOES AFFECT the taste. If that sauce is basted on the meat during the final minutes to glaze, it won’t caramelize properly and tastes strange. Recommend using Coke made with real sugar.

  27. Have u got the measurements for the recipe for 2 people?

  28. I dont have hot sauce

  29. how long can i store this in the refrigerator?

  30. We are able to buy Mexican Coke at Sam’s . It is made with real sugar and comes by the case in Coke bottles. It tastes exactly like the old fashioned cold bottles of Cola from the “quarter” machines. (Sorry that really dates me!”) LOL. I never have problems cooking or baking with it.. If your Sam’s doesn’t have, try requesting it. It is popular here.

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