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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 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

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.

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. //

How to Make Coca Cola BBQ Sauce Recipe

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 (or coconut aminos), along with your Stone House Seasoning. If you do not have Stone House Seasoning on hand, you can simply combine 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon black pepper, and ¼ teaspoon garlic powder for this recipe.

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!

5 from 8 votes

Mama’s Coca Cola BBQ Sauce

30 Minutes or Less 15 mins

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 Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Servings 12
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
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.


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Stone House Seasoning
  • 1 cup Coca-Cola
  • 2 tablespoons 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.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 52kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 438mg | Potassium: 115mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 107IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg

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  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!

    1. Thank you for this recipe now I can make barbecue sauce thank you very much taste a lot better than store-bought

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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 🙂

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

    1. Coke back in the day was made with sugar. Not the high fructose stuff. Probably the main difference

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 5 stars
    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.

  10. 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.

  11. 5 stars
    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.

  12. 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

  13. 5 stars
    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 !!

  14. 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 !

  15. 5 stars
    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.

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

    2. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. What kind of rub or glaze would you recommend for the pork you serve this with? I’ve been fantasizing about honey-glazed pork with Cola sauce, but I fear bot would end up being too sweeet and sticky.

    1. Hi Silver,
      I personally don’t use any glaze on pork when I use this BBQ sauce but it’s personal preference. You just need to be careful that the combination tastes great together and is not too sweet. Thanks!

  18. Think cherry coke would be a good substitute. Smoking several pork butts in a couple days and I would like a cherry bbq since I’m smoking with cherry/apple blend wood?

    1. I haven’t tried it with cherry coke but I don’t see a reason it would not work, Kelly.

  19. 5 stars
    Tried this recipe several times. Love it every time. Followed instructions. Curious though. It’s kinda of runny. How would I thicken it up a little bit.

    1. Adam, if the bbq sauce is not as thick as you want it after it has boiled 10 minutes, you may need to boil the sauce a little longer until it thickens as much as you want it. Mine is always thick.

  20. 5 stars
    I’m thinking about makeing this do it matter what type of hot sauce I use? I got 100s of different ones from mild to the world hottest would it affect the flavor to much other then heat?

    1. Andrew, I usually use Frank’s Hot Sauce but you can use whichever one you use. Different flavored hot sauce could change the flavor of the BBQ sauce as well as change the heat. But experiment and see which one you like best.