I have been intrigued with cooking with cola and other soft drinks ever since I first read about it – which was in the Nigella Lawson’s book “Nigella Bites”. Leave it to me to learn about Southern cooking from a British food writer. I started to experiment with barbecue sauce and the result is this jazzed up version for brisket. It’s a great way to entertain a crowd with big flavor and little work. The sweetness of the cola permeates the brisket which is then perfectly balanced with the acid coming from both the Balsamic vinegar and Worcestershire sauce. You will find yourself making dish over and over again. Yes, it’s that good!
From by the bay wishing you sweet cola food memories! Maryann
Brisket with Cola Barbecue Sauce
3 pounds brisket
3 cups cola barbecue sauce
Place brisket overnight in a sealed plastic bag along with the barbecue sauce. Next day, preheat oven to 275F. Empty the contents of the plastic bag into a Dutch oven include all the sauce. Cover with lid and place in the oven for approximately 4 hours. Brisket takes approximately 1 hours and 15 minutes per lb to cook. Remove from oven. Using two forks pull the meat apart and shred into the remaining sauce. Combine and serve. This can also be served as a sandwich using either fresh rolls and coleslaw or as a soft taco along with some sour cream.
Cola Barbecue Sauce
Makes 3 cups
1 ½ cup ketchup
4 garlic cloves, smashed
5 bay leaves
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
¼ cup Worcestershire Sauce
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
¼ teaspoon chili flakes
5 bay leaves
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
In a medium saucepan bring all ingredients to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 to 45 minutes , sauce will thicken . Cool and use with steak, chicken or pork.
Note: no diet cola for this – the sugar is essential to the taste of the barbecue sauce.