This six-ingredient cherry-cola barbecue sauce will knock the socks right out of your sandals. It has all of the spice, sweetness and finger-licking satisfaction that you'd want from a sauce, and it's ready to go in less than 15 minutes. The recipe easily scales up if you're cooking for a crowd or you just want to have a bit extra on hand, should a craving strike.
Recipe courtesy of Patrick Decker
25 min
25 min
4 servings
25 min
25 min
4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil, plus more for the grill grates
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped or grated
  • 1 cup chili sauce
  • 1/3 cup cherry cola
  • 1/4 cup cherry preserves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds chicken drumsticks
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder


Watch how to make this recipe.

Preheat a grill to medium-high heat. Grease the grates with a paper towel soaked with a small amount of vegetable oil.

Place a small pot over medium heat with the butter. Add the shallot and garlic and cook until aromatic, 1 minute. Add the chili sauce, cola and cherry preserves, season with salt and pepper and bring to a simmer. Simmer until thickened, about 10 minutes.

Toss the chicken in a bowl with the onion powder, garlic powder, vegetable oil and some salt and pepper. Grill, turning occasionally, until almost cooked through, about 8 minutes. Brush some of the sauce over the chicken and continue grilling until cooked through completely, about 2 more minutes. Serve the chicken with the remaining sauce.


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