Coca-Cola Habanero BBQ Sauce is thick, sweet with a spicy kick! Perfect bbq sauce for grilled chicken and pulled pork, but also great or for dipping and using in recipes calling for bbq sauce. 

Another day, another delicious bbq sauce.

When one smokes a pork shoulder there needs to be plenty of sauce options amiright? Some sweet, some spicy… because everyone likes something different. This sauce is ultra thick and caramelizes on the grill beautifully. It’s also pretty darn sweet, however it pairs really well with the heat of the habanero. It almost needs the heat to balance it all out. 

While I tend to lean towards the more vinegary sauces or sauces like this Carolina mustard bbq sauce, I did use the leftover coca-cola habanero bbq sauce in another recipe (that I’ll be sharing soon), and it was SO delicious. 

Coca Cola Habanero BBQ Sauce ingredients

To Make This Coca Cola Habanero BBQ Sauce You Will Need:

  • unsalted butter
  • yellow onion
  • red bell pepper
  • habanero pepper
  • garlic
  • dark brown sugar
  • Coca-Cola
  • molasses
  • vinegar
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • tomato paste

melt butter in pan.

Start by melting 2 tablespoons unsalted butter in a large sauce pan.

red pepper, onion, garlic and habanero in pan.

Once melted, add in 1 diced medium yellow onion, 1 medium diced red bell pepper, 1 habanero (seeded and diced, or with a few seeds for heat) and 5 cloves garlic finely minced.

sauteed vegetables

Stir and cook over medium to medium-low heat until soft and slightly caramelized.

sugar and cola

molasses

Next, add in 1-1/2 cups dark brown sugar, 1 cup Coca-Cola, 1/2 cup un-sulphured molasses, 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper.

simmer

Stir and bring all of this to a boil.

cook

Once boiling, cook at a rolling boil for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to avoid any sticking.

saucy

Smells heavenly!

add tomato paste

Lastly, whisk in 8 ounces of tomato paste.

stir

Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.

Coca Cola Habanero BBQ Sauce is thick

The sauce should have thickened.

add sauce to blender and puree

Allow the sauce to cool slightly before transferring to a blender. Secure the lid and remove the center plug – this will allow any steam to escape. With kitchen towel, cover the hole lightly and puree until smooth.

Cool the coca-cola habanero sauce completely before storing in an air-tight container or bottles for up to 1 month.

Thick sweet and spicy!

Enjoy! And if you give this Coca-Cola Habanero BBQ Sauce recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

Coca-Cola Habanero BBQ Sauce
Yield: Yields 3-1/2 cups

Coca-Cola Habanero BBQ Sauce

Coca-Cola Habanero BBQ Sauce is thick, sweet with a spicy kick! Perfect bbq sauce for grilled chicken and pulled pork, but also great or for dipping and using in recipes calling for bbq sauce. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 habanero pepper, diced (seeded for less heat)
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-1/2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup coca-cola
  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces tomato paste

Instructions

  1. Start by melting unsalted butter in a large sauce pan. Once melted, add in the diced yellow onion, red bell pepper, habanero (seeded and diced, or add a few seeds for some heat) and the finely minced garlic. Stir and cook over medium to medium-low heat until soft and slightly caramelized.
  2. Next, add in the dark brown sugar, Coca-Cola, un-sulphured molasses, distilled white vinegar, kosher salt and ground black pepper. Stir and bring all of this to a boil. Once boiling, cook at a rolling boil for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to avoid any sticking.
  3. Lastly, whisk in 8 ounces of tomato paste. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. The sauce should have thickened.
  4. Allow the sauce to cool slightly before transferring to a blender. Secure the lid and remove the center plug – this will allow any steam to escape. With kitchen towel, cover the hole lightly and puree until smooth.

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All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on SimplyScratch.com should only be used as a general guideline.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

18

Serving Size:

3 tablespoons

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 139Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 135mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 1gSugar: 30gProtein: 1g
recipe borrowed from theblackpeppercorn.com.