Chef Erin Finegan's Cherry Cola Barbecue Sauce

“This is my rendition of a recipe found in Bon Appetit (July 2008). A sweet-savory sauce that's great with any grilled meats. (I use on my baby back ribs and they are always the first to go! Adjust the heat by adding hot pepper sauce to taste.”
1hr 5mins
4 cups

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 cups chopped yellow onions
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 12 cups ketchup
  • 1 14 cups cherry jam or 1 14 cups cherry preserves
  • 1 cup cola (regular, not diet)
  • 13 cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • 14 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons grenadine
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce (Thai chile sauce)


  1. Heat oil in a heavy saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add onions and sautee until they are golden brown (about 5-7 minutes).
  3. Add garlic and stir for 1 minute.
  4. Deglaze with the grenadine and quickly add ketchup, jam, cola, brown sugar, and vinegar then bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally.
  5. Reduce heat to medium-low, simmer uncovered until reduced to about 4 cups stirring often to prevent scorching (about 40-50 minutes).
  6. Stir in 1 teaspoon of siracha.
  7. Season to taste with sea salt and fresh ground black pepper and more hot sauce, if desired.
  8. Transfer to bowl and cool completely.
  9. May be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

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