Surprisingly, soft drinks become the star ingredient in a number of recipes. Whether you're seasoning meat or baking a cake, soft drinks add a special flavor.
Cola- Marinated Flank SteakHave cola with dinner, but on your steak. Cola lends a sweetness to flank steak, mixed with savory flavors.
Fun yet decadent, this Coca-Cola Cake is simply the best. The magical brew of carbonated cola is the secret to this dessert’s fluffy texture.
Cola Baked BeansAdding cola to the brown sugar and molasses is the secret to the complex sweetness of these bacon-accented beans.
Lemon-Lime Pound CakeThis recipe is based on a classic Southern favorite called 7UP Pound Cake, which was created in the 1950s when the soda company suggested using its soft drink instead of other liquid in pound cake recipes. The result: one of the best, and simplest, cakes you'll ever make.
Cola Shredded Beef TacosThis recipe features shredded beef chuck roast flavored with cola, tomatoes, chiles, and cumin.
Club Soda WafflesThis homemade waffle recipe requires just four ingredients, including one special ingredient: a bottle of club soda.
Grilled Beef Ribs with Smoky-Sweet Barbecue SauceBefore grilling, these beef back ribs are braised in Coca-Cola and brushed in homemade barbecue sauce.
Grilled Chicken with Cola SauceThe secret ingredient to this deliciously tangy grilled chicken is 3/4 cup of cola. You'll love the unique flavor that the cola gives it, mixed with warm spices like cumin, paprika, and chili powder.
Brined Maple Turkey with Cream GravyBefore baking, top this turkey with a flavorful cola and syrup mixture.
Sloppy Cola Joe DogsThese sloppy joes are enlivened with a splash of cola, which gives the ground beef a sweet boost that plays well off the filling's spices. Try these with traditional or split-top hot dog buns or hoagie rolls. Garnish with your favorite coleslaw for crunch and color.
Mini Bourbon-and-Cola Bundt CakesUse a classic cocktail combo to flavor a chocolate cake by adding bourbon and cola to the cake batter and topping the mini Bundt cakes with a sweet bourbon and cola glaze.
Sweet and Tangy Short RibsThis saucy dish is worthy of a dinner party; just serve with a side of brown rice or rice noodles. Cola is the secret ingredient, yielding a luscious sauce with great body.
Grilled Vidalia Onion and Steak SandwichesCola in the marinade tenderizes the meat. A simple homemade sandwich spread, made with mayonnaise and minced arugula, completes the sandwich. Serve with chips or fresh veggie slices.
Peanut-Cola CakeThe South's favorite drink is a key ingredient in this moist Peanut-Cola Cake.
Root Beer-Can ChickenThis is a family-friendly take on beer-can chicken in which we use an opened root beer can to support a whole bird on the grill. The liquid inside the can adds moisture, resulting in succulent, tender meat. Complete the meal with roasted red potatoes and a sweet-tart broccoli slaw.
Country Ham with Redeye GravyA mixture of cola and water balance the salt and add sweetness and caffeine to this ham and gravy recipe.
Chocolate Coca-Cola CakeWarm chocolate cake topped with chocolate coca-cola icing is a delicious combination.
Slow Cooker Barbecue PorkThis simple-to-fix pork recipe includes a surprisingly delicious mixture of barbecue sauce and cola.
Root Beer Float CakeThis 5 ingredient cake will become your fast favorite for dessert. Root beer is the secret ingredient that keeps this cake sweet, moist and flavorful.
Slow-cooked BBQ Chicken SandwichesThe slow-cooked barbecued chicken made with cola is delicious served over Sweet Potato Cornbread and topped with Pickled Peppers and Onions and Simple Slaw.
Cola-Braised BrisketHands-off cooking is ideal for busy weekenights. Try Cola-Braised Brisket that's cooked in the slow-cooker. Enjoy any leftovers of this tender brisket by shredding the meat, and stirring it into the gravy. Serve brisket and gravy over cooked egg noodles.
Tempura Green Beans with Mild Cayenne Sour Cream
Batters like this one that use carbonated beverages such as club soda produce gas bubbles that discourage oil absorption, yielding a lighter fried food.
Soy and Cola-Braised Pork ShoulderServe this cola-braised pulled pork on hamburger buns or Kaiser rolls with shaved cucumber and carrot ribbons tossed with rice vinegar. Or stuff it into tortillas for Asian-style tacos with matchstick-cut cucumber and carrot.
Jen's Pulled PorkDiet cola is used in this recipe because it is less sweet in flavor. There's no right or wrong amount of sauce to use...simply stir in as much as you'd like. You can also add sliced jalapenos, minced garlic or sautéed onions and green peppers.
Chocolate Cola Cake with Cola FrostingCola plays a part in the cake batter and the chocolate icing in this decadent dessert.