We were fooling around in the kitchen with Coca-Cola recipes last week–mostly because March 29th was the anniversary of the soft drink being invented in 1886 by Dr. John Pemberton. He was a pharmacist in Atlanta, and the original ingredients included cocaine and the caffeine-rich kola nut. Since then, Coca-Cola has become one of the world’s most popular soft drinks, making the transition from fountain to bottled drink, and totaling more than a billion drinks consumed per day. [photo via coca-colacompany.com]
Some parents still act like the stuff contains cocaine, though. We don’t blame them. We try to keep our kids away from soft drinks, in general. However, in small quantities (like one can of Coca-Cola per recipe), the drink adds great flavor to many meat dishes. For instance, this Coca-Cola Chicken Wing (or Ribs) recipe from the Coca-Cola Company itself is super delicious. It’s perfect for a weekend family supper, or those football game get-togethers with friends and family. Serve these babies up and watch people beg for the recipe.
1 cup brown sugar
1 can Coca-Cola®
2 medium onions, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tbs. soy sauce (a Japanese sauce) salt and pepper to taste
2-3 lbs. of chicken wings or ribs
- In a large casserole, combine the brown sugar, Coca-Cola®, onions, garlic, soy sauce, salt and pepper.
- Stir until mixed. Place chicken wings or ribs in sauce mixture.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 2 hours.
- To thicken sauce, mix in a cornstarch mixture.
Delicious served with rice.
And since we’re on the subject of Coke, here’s a blast from the past. Remember this 1960’s Coke advertisement? Well, maybe your mom does…