Coca-Cola is breaking out of the ice-cold glass, y'all. While it has always been a Southern classic when it comes to sipping, Coca-Cola is also the perfect ingredient in a variety of Southern dishes. Test it out with this simple, delicious, and party-perfect recipe for meatball sliders with Coca-Cola barbecue sauce. These sliders are a perfect app for summer celebrations, and they can even double as dinner. (Bonus: Kids love them!) They're no ordinary sliders, though. The Coca-Cola barbecue sauce adds some pizzazz with a taste of the South's favorite soft drink. The sliders are so easy to whip up, too. They call for just nine ingredients—one of which is, you guessed it, Coca-Cola!—plus your choice of favorite toppings. This recipe makes 20 sliders, so it's super simple to make for a crowd. Try it out this recipe in your kitchen today, and Coca-Cola will soon become your new secret weapon. Your friends and family won't believe you when you tell them what your secret ingredient is. To round off the Coca-Cola-themed meal, be sure to serve a Georgia Peanut Pie With Coca-Cola Glaze for dessert! 

Southern Living


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15 mins
45 mins
Serves 20, serving size: 1 slider


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 400˚F. Place a wire rack in a rimmed baking sheet. Spray wire rack with non-stick cooking spray.

  • Mix sirloin and next 7 ingredients thoroughly (using hands works best) and shape into 15-20 (2-ounce) balls. Arrange meatballs on the wire rack. Bake for 24-26 minutes, or until internal temperature is 165˚F.

  • Transfer half of Coca-Cola Barbecue Sauce to Dutch oven over low-heat. Add meatballs and keep warm to serve. Serve each meatball on a slider bun with pickles, sliced sweet onions, and extra sauce. 


Rebecca Lang