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I know cooking with Coca-Cola, Dr Pepper, and other sodas (or “pops,” as well call them out here) is not a new practice, but for some reason I’ve been hearing more about it lately. Whether that’s because it’s becoming more common, or I’m just running in the wrong circles, I don’t know.

But lately I’ve heard talk of Dr Pepper Ribs, 7-Up Cake, and a host of other dishes–both sweet and savory–that call for a can of some flavor of the sugary syrup. I admit I’m not a pop drinker. I maybe have a dozen or cans of the stuff over the course of an entire year (not counting the ginger ales that get mixed with my rye). So, I’m not sure I’m ready to start adding it to my wild-game dishes. Still, if it tastes good, I don’t see a problem with it, but I want to hear from Wild Chef Readers. Ever cooked with Coke?

Coca-Cola BBQ Sauce*

**Ingredients **
-2 Tbsp. canola oil
-2 Tbsp. diced garlic
-3 Tbsp. diced jalapeño
-3 Tbsp. diced shallot
-3 cups ketchup
-1/4 cup cognac (optional)
-1 cup orange juice
-1/2 cup molasses
-1/4 cup Coca-Cola
-1/2 cup brown sugar
-1 Tbsp. liquid smoke
-1 tsp. garlic salt

**Directions **
In a large saucepan heat the oil just a little then add the garlic, shallots, and jalapeño. Saute for 2 minutes, then add the remaining ingredients. Mix well and bring to a low simmer until sauce is combined. Check your flavor and adjust the sweetness if you like.

*From the official Cooking With Coke website

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