Whiskey Cola Marinade Recipe

Grilled ribs with whiskey cola marinade.
A simple and quick Whiskey Cola Marinade, try this recipe on ribs, pork chops, or any grilling meat you like. GO!/Sam Reinders/Gallo Images/Getty Images
  • 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: Enough for 2 lbs meat (serves 4)
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What if we took that familiar combination of a Jack and Coke and transformed it into a marinade? Wonderful things happen and this quick and easy recipe could be your new favorite when it comes to great barbecue.

This whiskey and cola marinade is very simple to mix up and should take just a few minutes to prepare. It is also possible that you have everything in your kitchen and bar already, so there is no hassle in finding specialty ingredients.

Once mixed, this marinade can be used on your favorite grilling meat. It works wonders on pork chops and baby back ribs though it is pretty universal and should be a great addition to almost anything you want to barbecue.

For the best results, allow this marinade to soak into the meat overnight or for at least 8-12 hours. You can get away with making it up first thing in the morning and have a perfect marinade ready for the evening grill.

More Tips for Making a Great Whiskey Cola Marinade

There is not much mystery to this whiskey and cola marinade: a can of Coke and a cup of whiskey mixed with common kitchen ingredients. It is the whiskey that you choose that will define, more than anything else, the final flavor.

The recipe recommends "American whiskey" and that is a very broad category. It could include bourbon, a myriad of blended whiskies, Tennessee whiskey, or any other style of whiskey that is produced in the United States. Using that recommendation, the flavor profile is all over the map.

The more specific recommendation of Jack Daniel's is an excellent one because this is a full-flavored whiskey that already has some of that charcoal flavor that you are going to get out of a charcoal grill.

It has also been proven many times over as a perfect whiskey for grilling. Think of all the barbecue sauces (including ones produced by the brand) and marinades that already use it and you will quickly realize that it is a logical choice.

Beyond Jack Daniel's, a great bourbon would be a nice choice. We want something with a bold flavor that will break through the Coke so a strong whiskey the likes of Knob Creek or Wild Turkey would be nice options. For a more mellow whiskey flavor, Maker's Mark and Woodford Reserve are two that are also very viable for food and have been known to create some amazing marinades.

The best advice would be to use what you like and are used to. Also, this recipe is so easy that it is not difficult to experiment with. Worst case scenario is that you have to try again and enjoy another barbecue

What You'll Need

How to Make It

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  2. Using a whisk, stir briskly to ensure that everything is completely mixed together.
  3. Pour marinade over meat the meat of your choice.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for 8-12 hours, turning once during the marinating process to ensure all sides soak up the sauce.

Edited by Colleen Graham