To paraphrase the old slogan, things really do go better with cola, and these recipes prove it. We've showcased the versatility of cooking with cola with recipes for cola cake, cola barbecue sauce, and more.
- Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro, Laura Zapalowski
Cooking with ColaAlthough carbonated colas were originally flavored with a kola nut, they’re now commonly flavored artificially with a combination of sugar, citrus oils, tamarind, cinnamon, vanilla and some type of acidic ingredient. Manufacturers of cola drinks add other ingredients in trace amounts to create distinctively different tastes for each brand. Because of the pleasing combination of flavors, it turns out that cola is an ideal ingredient for desserts, sauces, veggies and meats.
Coca-Cola CakeOur Coca-Cola Cake is simply one of the best sheet cake recipes on earth. The magical brew of carbonated cola is the key to the tender texture of the chocolate cake.
Cola-Marinated Flank SteakCombining cola and teriyaki sauce with hot sauce, onion and garlic creates just the right amount of sweetness in the tangy marinade.
Cola Baked BeansAchieve the perfect balance of sweetness for baked beans with cola, molasses and brown sugar.
Cola Shredded Beef TacosIn this authentic Mexican beef taco recipe, the chuck roast is flavored with two types of chiles, cumin, Mexican oregano, and a Mexican cane-sugar sweetened or regular cola.
Beer-Can Chicken with Cola Barbecue SauceThe secret ingredient in the sweet barbecue sauce is the ½ cup of cola that’s added to ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and steak sauce.
Slow Cooker Barbecue PorkAll you need are three ingredients—Boston butt, a bottle of barbecue sauce, a can of cola—and one slow cooker to make this tender barbecue pork.
Brined Maple Turkey with Cream GravyBasting the turkey in a mixture of cola and maple syrup adds sweetness and also contributes to the browning of the bird.