Cola Q BBQ Sauce

Cola Q BBQ Sauce

In season one of Real Food Real Kitchens we feature the newly wed, dynamic duo team of Chris & Crystal Edge-Johnson. Chris kicked up a killer New Orleans style BBQ rib and Crystal made her Grandmothers version of Sweet Potato Cheesecake. Since Saturday is Prime Rib's national holiday, we want to post Chris' sweet and savory Cola Q BBQ Sauce so you can slather this delicious sauce all over your ribs this weekend.

Be sure to watch Chris & Crystals Real Food Real Kitchens BBQ episode for side dishes and more. You can see it here for free: CHRIS & CRYSTAL BBQ


3 1/2 cups cola or root beer

2 cups ketchup

1/2 cup worcestershire sauce

2 tsp hickory liquid smoke

2 tsp onion flakes

6 tbsp dark brown sugar

3 tsp cayenne pepper

1/2 cup orange juice

1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice

1/3 cup apple cider

1/2 tsp ginger

2 tbsp chili flakes

1/2 cup honey


Place all ingredients in a large saucepan. While continuously stirring, bring to a boil then reduce heat to simmer. Cover and let it simmer while occasionally stirring for 15 – 20 minutes or until desired thickness. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature, then refrigerate. Sauce will thicken while cooling.


Adjust seasonings to your own taste.

Try replacing honey with molasses for a bolder flavor.

by Craig Chapman

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