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Coke and Ketchup BBQ Sauce

This recipe for 2 ingredient BBQ Sauce was sent to me via an Impatient Foodie follower on our FB page. I have to admit that when I first read it, I was skeptical — I mean how can this be yummy? At the same time, if it actually worked, it would be a game changer. So I decided to turn our last Impatient Foodie shoot into a test kitchen to see what the deal was.

I’ve got news for you: If you’re aching for BBQ and you just have ketchup, Coke, and chicken in your fridge, you’re about 40 minutes away from a BBQ meal! Honestly, I wouldn’t say it’s as good as something like Bone Suckin’ Sauce, but with some BBQ sauces going for around $12 a bottle, this is definitely a good, less expensive alternative. I would recommend adding some Tabasco to it, even if you are not big on heat (just a touch adds a nice layer of taste to the sauce). Also, I looked up some other recipes online and, to round out the flavors, I think it would be good to add:

  • ¼ cup addition of Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon of onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon of garlic powder 

The woman who sent this to me added that she likes to serve this with rice and green beans (sautéed in olive oil with a few sesame seed) on the side.  She also said, “You can even use skinless boneless chicken breasts (sliced) and cooked covered in a crock-pot all day (4 hrs+) to make a tasty bbq chicken sandwich on buns.” SOUNDS AMAZING.

 If any of you have recipes to share please SEND THEM OVER — I am always looking for ideas. 



1 CUP COKE OR DR. PEPPER OR SPRITE/7UP (see bold note belowNote: You can use caffeinated or uncaffeinated sodas, but diet doesn’t work!
TABASCO (optional)




  1. Place equal parts coke and ketchup into a skillet (for thicker sauce use up to 1/4 more ketchup) Varying the type of cola used can give you different wonderful results.

    1) Sprite/7-up gives a lighter summery and mildly citrusy sauce.
    Dr. Pepper gives a sweeter and slightly spicier sauce.
    Adding a few dashes of tobasco sauce can give you a fiery sauce.

  2. Add raw chicken and turn in sauce to coat completely.
  3. Slow simmer uncovered for 40 minutes, turning once at the ½ way mark.
  4. Add Tabasco, salt and pepper to taste, and serve.

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