Joel grew up in Kansas City so he knows and loves his barbecue. We are die-hard fans of Oklahoma Joes BBQ and we never stray from it when we are home visiting his family. We even buy their sauce by the gallon so that we always have it at home.
So when I told him I was making homemade barbecue sauce (for the first time) to make these Coca Cola BBQ Chicken Kabobs he was quite leery and even hinted that he might use the good ‘ole standby. No faith.
I figured if it has coke it can’t be bad. And I was totally right…it was delightfully sweet and smoky, just how we like it. It really was one of the best barbecue sauces I have ever had. Delicious slathered on grilled chicken for the perfect summer supper!
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 jalapeño, diced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 cups ketchup
- 1/4 cup chicken broth
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 1/4 cup Coca-Cola (not diet)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 2-3 pounds skinless chicken breasts
- Salt and pepper, or your favorite seasonings, to taste
- Wooden skewers, soaked in water
- In a medium pan over medium heat, cook the olive oil, jalapeno and garlic until softened. The garlic will brown lightly.
- Remove pan from heat, stir in ketchup, chicken broth, orange juice, molasses and Coca-Cola. Stir until well combined.
- Add in brown sugar, liquid smoke, sea salt and paprika. Stir and let cool.
- For the chicken kabobs: slice the chicken breasts into 2" wide pieces. Thread onto pre-soaked skewers, 2-3 pieces each.
- Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
- Grill the chicken for 12-15 minutes, turning once, or until no longer pink.
- Brush Coca-Cola BBQ Sauce over the cooked chicken.
- Serve with extra Coca-Cola BBQ Sauce and your favorite fries.