If you’re part of the type of family who doesn’t do a lot of outside grilling, but still loves barbecue, I have a recipe for barbecued roast that will make your mouth water.
And talk about simple! This recipe only needs four things: roast, onion soup mix, catsup and… wait for it… a can of cola. This roast is done in a crock pot, so proper cooking can take 5-6 hours, so plan accordingly.
I “discovered” this recipe online, mentioned in a couple places as “Coca Cola Roast,” but tweaked it for my own tastes, and I have to say it turned out great!
To start with, take the roast out of the packaging and cut off as much surface fat as you can. Extra fat isn’t typically a problem when fixing a roast in the crock pot, but for this recipe, we’re also making a type of barbecue sauce (sauce that you may want to keep for a few days for any leftovers), so the more fat you get rid of now, the less you have to deal with when the sauce cools.
After removing the fat, set the roast aside.
Next, grab the catsup, the can of cola and the onion soup mix. The recipe I saw called for two cups of catsup, which is most of a big bottle. I started with a fresh bottle of catsup and there was about an inch left after I used two cups, so if you want to toss in the whole bottle, I won’t tell anyone. Anyway, mix the catsup, onion soup mix and one can (12 oz.) of cola (the recipes I saw all mentioned Coca Cola, but I had Dr. Pepper on hand, which one recipe said made a more tangy sauce, and I thought it was great). Mix all three ingredients together. To avoid getting a bowl dirty, mix the ingredients directly in the crock pot. It will be a little strange – it’s the only barbecue sauce I’ve ever seen that fizzes when you make it – but when it’s cooked you’ll never know the cola is in there.
After the sauce is mixed, go ahead and place the roast in. Mix everything up so there is sauce on top of the roast, as well as along the sides. Put the lid on the crock pot and you’re set.
If you’re in a hurry (relatively speaking), turn the crock pot to high. This will take 5-6 hours, depending on how large your roast is. If you have more time, slow-cooking a roast is always better, so set the crock pot to high, but plan on 8-10 hours. When the roast is done, you should be able to stick a fork in, twist it, and end up with a forkful of meat. Delicious!
For serving, you can simply carve the roast as you normally would and then either pour the sauce over the top or use it for dipping. If sandwiches are more your thing, you can always shred the roast, and make pulled roast beef sandwiches, again with the sauce over the top. Either way will be wonderful.
If you have any leftovers, a great way of using them up is to pull apart the roast and put it on a bun, with the sauce drizzled over the top. Take a handful of shredded mozzarella cheese and toss that on as well. Then either microwave for a minute or two, or stick under the broiler, for a sandwich/pizza that’s absolutely great for lunch… or whenever!