7 Ways with Cola

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.

  • Cooking with Cola
    Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro, Laura Zapalowski

    Cooking with Cola

    Although 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 Cake

    Coca-Cola Cake

    Our 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 Steak

    Cola-Marinated Flank Steak

    Combining cola and teriyaki sauce with hot sauce, onion and garlic creates just the right amount of sweetness in the tangy marinade.
  • Cola Baked Beans

    Cola Baked Beans

    Achieve the perfect balance of sweetness for baked beans with cola, molasses and brown sugar.
  • Cola Shredded Beef Tacos
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Randy Mon

    Cola Shredded Beef Tacos

    In 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 Sauce
    Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Beer-Can Chicken with Cola Barbecue Sauce

    The 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 Pork
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia Pursell

    Slow Cooker Barbecue Pork

    All 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 Gravy
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Jan Gautro

    Brined Maple Turkey with Cream Gravy

    Basting the turkey in a mixture of cola and maple syrup adds sweetness and also contributes to the browning of the bird.

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