Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Classic Family Recipes With Coke!

When you think of Coca-Cola you may think of popping the top on an icy cold beverage on a hot summer day.  Maybe you think of the ever so popular combination of a burger, fries and a coke.  Does a great family classic recipe ever come to mind, however?  For many people it probably wouldn't.  However, there are actually great recipes that can be made with just that....Coke!

The first recipe I think of when I contemplate cooking with Coke is BBQ!  There are several bbq recipes out there that use the popular cola, actually.  One that I have personally used is for Pulled Pork and uses not only Coke but Jack Daniels as well.  Now I would happily drink a coke on occasion, however, I would never think of drinking Jack Daniels!  However, when cooking I often find a touch of Jack to be quite yummy.  Its the same with beer for me.  I hate the taste of beer as far as drinking it goes, I love to cook with it.  I find this recipe very good and perfect for taking to those summer picnics that will be coming  up soon.  Try it and let me know how you like it.

You will need:

  • 5 to 6 pounds boneless center cut pork loin or pork shoulder
To Make Marinade:
  • 4 cups coca-cola
  • 1 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 12 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Tabasco sauce
  • 2 teaspoons celery salt.

For the Jack and Coke BBQ Sauce:
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2/3 cup cola
  • 1/3 cup Jack Daniels Whiskey
  • 1/4 cup Frank's Hot Sauce, or other hot sauce of your choice
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  •  kosher salt, to taste (although I find I can skip this altogether
 You will also need
  • 6 kaiser rolls


Combine cola, Worcestershire sauce, cider vinegar, garlic, Tabasco sauce, and celery salt in a bowl, pan, or pot large enough to hold all the pork. Add the pork, turning to be sure it is well coated, cover, and marinate in the refrigerator for 24 hours.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine the ketchup, cola, whiskey, hot sauce, honey, soy sauce,  and salt to make the barbecue sauce.

Place the marinated meat in a roasting pan. Cover the roasting pan with aluminum foil and cook the pork in the preheated oven for 1-1/2 hours. Pour off 2/3 of the liquid in the pan and spread the meat with the barbecue sauce and return it to the oven, uncovered, for another 1-1/2 hours. When the pork is done, it will shred easily with a fork. Test it, and if it's still a bit difficult to shred, return it to the oven for another 15 minutes and try again.

When the meat is done, remove it from the oven and shred it with a fork. 

Pile it on your rolls and enjoy!

I personally love beans!  If we are at a pot-luck picnic or  party I usually will try every baked bean dish available.  So perhaps with your Pulled Pork Sandwich you'd enjoy some beans too?  How about beans with coke in them?

Cola beans:
  • 6 slices thick-cut bacon
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 15-oz. cans cannellini beans, 1 can drained and rinsed, 1 can undrained
  • 2 15-oz. cans red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 3/4 cup Coca-cola
  • 1 14.5-oz. can chopped tomatoes, drained
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • Preheat oven to 375°F. In a large ovenproof skillet, cook bacon over medium-high heat until crisp and golden. Drain bacon on paper towels. When bacon is cool enough to handle, crumble and set aside. Pour off all but 1 Tbsp. bacon fat from skillet.
  • Add onion and garlic to skillet and cook, stirring, until onion is golden, about 5 minutes. Add cannellini and kidney beans, brown sugar, molasses, cola, tomatoes, dry mustard and crumbled bacon and stir to combine.
  • Cover skillet, transfer to oven and bake until mixture is bubbly and juices have thickened slightly, about 1 hour

Another recipe I have made and enjoyed is a Coca-cola cake.  Here is the recipe for the chocolate dessert I have made:


  • 1 cup Coca-Cola
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • Combine Coca-Cola and buttermilk; set aside.
  • Beat butter at low speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar; beat until blended. Add egg and vanilla; beat at low speed until blended.
  • Combine flour, cocoa, and soda. Add to butter mixture alternately with cola mixture; begin and end with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended.
  • Stir in marshmallows. Pour batter into a greased and floured 13- x 9-inch pan. Bake at 350° for 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from oven; cool 10 minutes. Pour Coca-Cola Frosting over warm cake.
 For the Coke Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/3 cup Coca-Cola
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 (16-ounce) package powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Bring first 3 ingredients to a boil in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring until butter melts. Remove from heat; whisk in sugar and vanilla.

Don't make the frosting up ahead of when your cake is done.  It needs to be easy to pour when your cake is done.  

So there you have it.  You could make a complete meal with Coke!  Pour an icy cold coke to drink along with it and any Coca-Cola lover will be in pure heaven!

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