Cherry Cola BBQ Sauce

February 22, 2018

Cherry Cola BBQ Sauce is going to be your new favorite homemade BBQ sauce! Rich, sweet, tangy and absolutely stellar on my Cherry Cola Smoked Pork Butt (and pretty much everything else).

Cherry Cola BBQ Sauce

This recipe calls for pitted cherries and you can use fresh or frozen, both work really well. I also season the sauce with my Homemade BBQ Sweet rub that has smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, and a hint of heat from cayenne pepper. I think it is the perfect blend for this sauce!

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5 from 3 votes

Cherry Cola BBQ Sauce

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Barbecue
Servings: 2 cups


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup cherry cola
  • 1/2 cup pitted sweet cherries
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons molasses
  • 2 Tablespoons Homemade Sweet BBQ Rub link in recipe notes


  • Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce the  heat to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes.
  • Cool the sauce slightly and then transfer to a blender. Put the lid on the blender and then blend until fully combined and smooth. Transfer to a lidded jar and chill.
  • Sauce will keep for 1 week in the refidgerator.


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18 thoughts on “Cherry Cola BBQ Sauce

  1. If you cannot find sweet cherries since they seem a seasonal item in most stores, what would you recommend as a substitute?

    1. Hey Travis- I usually buy a small bag of frozen cherries if they’re not in season. That’s actually what I used when I filmed the video for this recipe.

  2. I made your cherry BBQ sauce I must admit I modified it. I used merichino cherries instead and added liquid smoke to taste.. It was great professional grade the best ever.. I called it Maraschino cherries BBQ sauce.

  3. I did the pulled pork with cherry cola barbecue sauce for my granddaughter’s birthday everybody was amazed and said it was so good now I am doing a smoked brisket using the same concept with the cherry cola and making the barbecue sauce hopefully it is just as good. I know I keep reading it is great for pork and chicken so hoping it’s just as good on beaf briisket thanks for all the great recipes and tips

  4. I have been doing alot of these recipes for years,I see alot of them you are posting are very close to mine,

  5. When it comes out of the blender, is it smooth or gritty/chunky and needs to go through a strainer? I can’t do bits of anything in bbq sauces, grosses me out. Lol love your stuff Susie! 🙂

    1. I don’t know that I’d recommend straining it, just blend it until it’s as smooth as you want it.

  6. I made the barbecue sauce yesterday. Are used honey instead of molasses and added chopped jalapeño peppers before putting it in the blender. Came out excellent! Great recipe Susie! I am going to do the pulled pork and Saturday. Wish me luck!

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