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Coca-Cola Habanero BBQ Sauce

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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. 
Course Homemade Ingredients & Condiments
Cuisine American
Keyword barbecue, bbq, grilling, homemade, sauce, smoking
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Servings 28 (2 tablespoon) servings
Calories 84
Author Laurie McNamara


  • 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
  • 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 black pepper freshly ground
  • 8 ounces tomato paste


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lastly, whisk in 8 ounces of tomato paste. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. The sauce should have thickened.
  • 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.


Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 84kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 154mg | Potassium: 205mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 285IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg