I got an email one day that asked if I was interested in coming up with a BBQ sauce using Pepsi’s new product Pepsi Natural. I’m a real big fan of Pepsi Throwback and of colas in general, so the proposition was somewhat intriguing. I’ve have seen cola BBQ sauces around and was always interested in trying one. So here it goes.

The first thing that I noticed was that the Pepsi Natural is not nearly as sweet as your standard soft drink. It’s perfectly pleasant to drink and quite refreshing, just not so super-sweet. In order to make this work without the sauce being way too watery is to reduce the Pepsi Natural into a more concentrated form. I tried it with and without the reduction technique and the reduction was the crowd favorite. The bourbon is totally optional, it worked great without it.

Here is the sauce recipe:

  • 1 bottle of Pepsi Natural
  • 1 can (6 oz) of tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp of mustard
  • 1 Tbsp of worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp of your favorite BBQ rub
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp liquid smoke

Optional:

  • 1 tbsp bourbon

Instructions:
In a medium sized sauce pan simmer the 12 oz bottle of Pepsi Natural until its volume is reduced to 4 oz. Stir in the other ingredients and remove from heat.

For the chicken

  • 1 family sized package of chicken thighs (around 12 pieces)
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions:
Set up your grill for indirect heat. Salt and pepper the chicken thighs. Sear the skin of each chicken thigh over the direct heat, until you get some nice grill marks, then move to the cooler side of the grill (skin side up). Add some smoke chips to the direct heat and close the lid. Cook until the internal temp of your largest piece reaches 180º… around an hour or so. Five minutes before removing your chicken brush on the BBQ sauce. Remove your chicken thighs and take a bow.

22 Comments

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  2. The Heat Beads® Team
    August 13, 2009

    This sauce looks fantastic, yum!

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  3. Brian Robertson
    August 26, 2009

    This makes a great a great BBQ – the bourbon adds a great taste – the first batch I did was with plain old Jack, the next with Woodford Reserve – not sure it made a difference which one I used though.

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  5. Indu
    November 10, 2009

    Thanks for the recipe. I like this post. precise, interesting, useful! The sauce sounds delicious.

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  6. picnicplanner@smokersandbbqgrills.com
    April 3, 2010

    Cola in general is great as it can help to break down the proteins in the meat. This helps make sure that it is extremely tender. I love using them. I also use Root Beer from time to time.

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  7. Burt
    April 23, 2010

    Looks like a great recipe, I am looking forward to trying it out.

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  8. Cigars
    May 7, 2010

    Good call on using the Pepsi out of the bottle.. I think anything in a can tastes like the can. I’m sure it probably doesn’t in actuality, but in my psyche it sure does. I think I should try this recipe.. I’m sure the flavors mesh together well!
    -Sylvia

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  9. Bruce
    May 19, 2010

    Thanks for the recipe. I like this post. precise, interesting, useful! The sauce sounds delicious.

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  10. Becky
    May 25, 2010

    It’s really a nice recipe. I’m also interesting in the sauce recipe and eager to try it out.

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    May 27, 2010

    This recipe looks amazing. Do you know of anyway to turn it into a low-fat recipe?

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    • Dudley Lock
      March 29, 2011

      I would try using Diet Pepsi

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  12. Adam
    June 10, 2010

    I was skeptical at first, but this sauce actually looks and sounds great. Now I just need to decide which BBQ rub to add. Cheers!

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  14. Darryl
    June 27, 2010

    Sounds like it would be too strange, but the pictures really make it look good! I’m going to try it!

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  15. Darren
    August 10, 2010

    Sounds interesting… looks great. I may just have to try it.

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  16. A Grill Nut
    July 6, 2011

    I’ll have to definitely try that recipe, the pictures make it look so tasty.

    Cheers for sharing!

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  17. Rich
    November 2, 2011

    This sounds really good. I’ll be trying it this weekend(assuming I can find Pepsi Natural). Thanks for the recipe.

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    December 29, 2011

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  19. BBQS
    March 19, 2012

    Looks So Yummy!!!!!!. I’ll try the BBQ Sauce Recipe this weekend

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  20. Liz
    July 12, 2012

    This looks yummy. I have never heard of using Pepsi in a bbq sauce before. All the flavors sound like they mix well together! I may just have to try this out. :)

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