Mountain Dew or Coca Cola may seem like odd ingredients for dinner and dessert items, but these recipes using soda are surprisingly delicious! I’m not a soda drinker, but I’ve become a soda EATER in the past several months. My love of recipes using soda began with Root Beer Pulled Pork and has escalated from there. If you want to start with an easy one, the Cola Brownies are purely amazing and only require two cheap ingredients!
1. Root Beer Pulled Pork
Whenever I suggest some recipes using soda to my friends and family, I always tell the story about the first time I made Root Beer Pulled Pork. I’ve made pulled pork in my slow cooker before, but with this new recipe I opted to make a giant batch of it. I had two sandwiches and stored the rest in two large Pyrex dishes in the fridge. I went out of town for two days and when I returned both of those dishes were completely empty. My husband had eaten ALL of the pulled pork in two days! He said it was the best he’s ever had, and I would have to agree, so give this one a try!
2 LB Pork Tenderloin (or shoulder)
1 12 oz can Root Beer
1 18 oz Bottle BBQ Sauce
Garlic and/or Onion Powder (optional)
Place the pork tenderloin in a slow cooker
Sprinkle some garlic powder and/or onion powder on top if you’d like.
In a bowl, mix the can of Root Beer and the bottle of BBQ Sauce together.
Cook on low for 6-7 hours.
Shred the pork and place it back in the slow cooker.
Cook 1 additional hour.
You can eat it as is or make it into a sandwich, either way it is supper yummy!
2. Ginger Ale Ribs
Ahh, ribs! I don’t think there is any such thing as bad ribs. There are several ways to cook them and even more ways to marinate, glaze and flavor them. If you haven’t tried glazing yours with Ginger Ale, you’re really missing out!
2 cups Heinz ketchup
2 tablespoons molasses
2 teaspoons ground chipotle chili pepper
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
3 lbs baby back ribs
1 cup onion, sliced thin
2 garlic cloves, sliced
3 cups ginger ale
1 teaspoon cumin
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Juice one lemon and slice the other.
Combine lemon juice, ketchup, molasses, chipotle pepper, cumin, and oregano.
Measure out 1/2 cup of the sauce mixture and brush ribs all over. Place in a roasting pan.
Scatter lemon slices over ribs.
Sprinkle with onion and garlic.
Add ginger ale and cover tightly.
Cook 1-1/2 hours or until tender.
Cool ribs in liquid, about 25 minutes.
Preheat grill to medium-high and grease lightly.
Remove ribs from cooking liquid (discard liquid, lemons, and onion).
Place ribs on grill. Cook, turning and basting often with remaining sauce, 8 to 10 minutes or until well glazed.
3. Cola Brownies
This is the easiest recipe on Earth! If you need a quick chocolate fix or a tasty treat when company is coming over, this should be your go-to recipe. It only requires two ingredients, which is amazing. Whenever brownie mix is on sale I stock up on it just so I know it’s always around in case I need to make a quick batch of Cola Brownies!
1 Can of Cola
Empty the brownie mix into a bowl and stir in the soda (It’s going to look runny… the first time I made them I thought there was no way it would firm up enough to make brownies but it did).
Pour into a lightly greased baking pan and bake per directions on the back of your brownie mix box.
You can make a diet version by using Fat Free brownie mix and diet coke/pepsi, they are delicious and super low in calories!
4. Orange Creamsicle Cake
Who doesn’t love the orangy-vanilla taste of a creamsicle? Now you can get that incredibly delicious flavor in a super moist cake. The best part? Only three ingredients! This is so easy to make and even easier to eat, so you might want to make two! It can be insanely addicting!
1 Box White Cake Mix
12 oz. Orange Soda
1 Tub Vanilla Icing
Mix the powdered cake mix and orange soda together in a bowl.
Pour into a greased baking pan.
Bake according to the directions on the back of your cake mix box, but check it a little early. If a knife goes in and comes out clean, it is done.
Allow it to cool and frost with vanilla icing.
5. 7-up Cake
If a perfect flavor exists, it is the lemony flavor of this cake! This is good for breakfast too. I know it sounds weird, but if you leave it unfrosted and toast a piece in the morning, it is to die for! If it’s a dessert only cake, frost or glaze it lightly. It doesn’t need much, it is super flavorful and sweet!
1 Box Vanilla Cake Mix
1 large box Jell-O lemon pudding mix
3/4 cup Vegetable oil
3/4 cup 7-Up
In a large bowl, combine the cake mix and the box of lemon pudding mix.
Stir in the eggs and beat well.
Add the Vegetable Oil, 7-Up and Vanilla extract.
Once it is fully mixed, pour it into a lightly greased bundt pan.
Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 40-45 minutes.
6. Sprite Cobbler
I was a little doubtful of this recipe at first, but having recently tried it, I have to say I am in love! The flavor is unbeatable and you can pick and choose what types of berries you use. I’ve made mine with all blueberries, all strawberries and mixed blueberries and raspberries. All of them were equally delicious, so play around and see what combinations you like best!
24oz of Berries
1 Box Butter Cake Mix
1 1/2 Cans of Sprite
Pour your berries into a minimally greased baking dish.
Sprinkle the entire box of cake mix over the top of the berries.
Carefully pour the Sprite over top of the cake mix, making sure it is all damp but DO NOT STIR! It is supposed to be bubbly.
Pop it in your 350 degree oven and bake for 50 minutes.
7. Mountain Dew Apple Dumplings
My sister’s boyfriend is addicted to Mountain Dew, so I will be making these for him ASAP. I love apple dumplings, I’m sure the addition of a can of Mountain Dew will only enhance the deliciousness! This is the only recipe on here that I haven’t tried yet, so I can’t fully vouch for it, but it looks phenomenal and all the reviews I’ve read have been great, so give it a try and let me know what you think!
2 (8 count) cans crescent rolls
3 -4 tart apples
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 (12 ounce) can Mountain Dew soda
Spray a 13x9 baking dish or pan.
Peel and slice apples into 16 pieces.
Roll each apple slice in 1 section of crescent roll.
Place in pan.
Melt butter, add sugar and cinnamon and pour over apples.
Pour can of Mountain Dew over all.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
If you haven’t tried any of these recipes using soda, you absolutely must make at least one, just to see how amazing a little added soda can be. Soda is so versatile! You can drink it, cook with it or bake with it. I think I’ll try inventing a few recipes of my own! What sort of delicious things have you made using soda?