Kola Champagne BBQ Sauce

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I’ve made a few BBQ sauces in my day, but they almost all incorporate some sort of fruit like passionfruit or guava. To welcome my old neighbor from Durham to the district, I wanted to try something new, something different. She’s from Jamaica, so I thought …. hmmm, what can I make as a nod to her motherland. Just as I was about to think up a ginger beer recipe, I thought that other incredibly tasty, totally underrated Jamaican (ok, actually it was invented in Puerto Rico) carbonated beverage–kola champagne! To be honest, I’m not really sure what flavor kola champagne is supposed to emulate, but it’s tasty… and it makes a darn good (and super unique) BBQ sauce! 😀

Kola Champagne BBQ Sauce

(Printable Recipe)


3/4 cup ketchup

1 tablespoon dijon mustard

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon Worchestire sauce

1 12 oz. bottle Kola Champagne

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


*Whisk all ingredients. Simmer on medium (watch to make sure it doesn’t boil over) for ~ 60-90 minutes or until sauce is thick and sticky. Enjoy!

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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantra—love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!


  1. This sauce looks incredible! So thick, sweetness from the ketchup and Cola Champagne and a little kick from the cayenne. Yum!

  2. You are a mad genius!

  3. This recipe is reminiscent of the one my mom would make for ribs. A touch of warmth from the cayenne is a welcome boost of flavor. A robust sauce for a late summer grilling fest, a stellar recipe!

  4. This sauce looks insanely delicious 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

  5. Never heard of Cola champagne, Tiffany, but this sounds like a wonderful BBQ sauce! What do you barbecue? Curious me!

  6. You know I pass these ingredients at my grocery store all the time and never thought about trying them. You’ve opened my eyes to trying new things. I wish I could dip my finger and taste that sauce right now. 🙂

  7. Lovely unusual sauce, Tiffany. What could I substitute instead of Kola Champagne?

  8. I love BBQ and it’s all about meat and sauce!!! I’ve never heard of this Cola Champagne before. Sounds like a secret ingredient for the yummy sauce!

  9. I tell you this looks great. I like all kind of sauces.

  10. I have seen this kola somewhere but have never tried it, but this BBQ sauce sounds tasty. What did you dip in the sauce? This is making me want to grill up some tofu and dip in there. Have you had a chance to try lotus root yet, they would be great with this sauce also.

    • I dipped veggie chik’n in the sauce the first day. Then the next day, I marinaded some firm tofu in the sauce and baked it off in the oven. YUM! I haven’t tried lotus root yet 🙁

  11. Hello!

    I haven’t bee around in awhile I know. I’m a classroom teacher again and, well, our lives aren’t exactly our own sometimes. I love the idea for this barbeque sauce, and I love the way you experiment in the kitchen!


  12. i think i am lazy and i tend to buy my bbbq sauce but making my own would surely add an extra “oomph” to my recipes. i am totally bookmarking to try this out soon 😀

  13. Thanks for the comments everyone!

  14. Oh now I need to find Kola Champagne, that sounds awesome in bbq sauce! We love adding apple cider, such a great balance of flavor! Sounds delicious, Hugs, Terra