Southern Cola Barbecue Sauce

Southern Cola Barbecue Sauce from This Mama Cooks! On a Diet

I’ve been trying to avoid foods with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) for awhile now, and one of the biggest challenges is trying to find barbeque sauce without HFCS. I’ve found a few, but they’re so darn expensive. An alternative is making your own sauce.

Here’s a recipe I found on my colleague, Stacy DeBroff’s blog The Mom Central Blog. It uses Pepsi Natural soda, which doesn’t have HFCS and is made with natural caramel, sugar, kola nut extract, and apple extract for color. The sauce stays good in the refrigerator for about two weeks.


Southern Cola Barbecue Sauce from This Mama Cooks! On a Diet

Southern Cola Barbecue Sauce


  • 1 cup Pepsi Natural soda
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup high fructose corn syrup free ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Combine all the above ingredients in heavy saucepan and bring to boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer until reduced to about 1 1/2 cups of sauce, about 20 minutes.
  3. Cool and transfer to bowl. Cover and refrigerate. Can be made up to 2 weeks ahead.
  4. Marinate pork, chicken or beef to be grilled overnight in the sauce. (Don’t forget to reserve some sauce to serve at the table.)
  5. Grill to taste and baste with extra sauce.
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Total Time: 35 Minutes
Servings: 1 1/2 cups
  • Serving size: varies

3 thoughts on “Southern Cola Barbecue Sauce

  1. Grandma Loy

    Hi, Anne-Marie. I am making a quick stop to let you know that this is the recipe I made for April 2013’s Secret Recipe Club. This is very good, and I will be making it again. You have a very nice blog here. I will be coming back for more recipes. Thanks. Have a great week.


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