Then it happened. I actually had 2 moments that made me glad I hung on to that last bit of sugary caramel decadence. Now, I realize that neither of these ideas are exceptionally unique. There are probably reams of recipes out here in internet land that are similar, and possibly the same. These did, however, spring directly into my mind and were executed without consulting other sources.
The first moment of soda inspiration struck when I was contemplating what to do with the cooked chicken that I had pulled out of the freezer that morning. I decided to convert it into a pulled chicken barbecue. Not a tangy vinegary Carolina style barbecue, but rather a down home Midwestern ketchup barbecue sauce. I usually make mine from a combination of honey and ketchup with some seasoning, but that bottle of cola sitting on the counter spoke to me and I decided to pour some in for flavor. Wow, the Coca-Cola muse was spot on, for the family devoured every bit of that slow simmered goodness.
3 Ingredient Coca-Cola Barbecue Sauce
1 cup Ketchup
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup Flat Coca-Cola
Mix all ingredients in sauce pan over medium heat. Allow to simmer gently for ~20 minutes. The ingredients can be added directly to pulled pork or chicken and simmered until thickened.
3 Tablespoons Butter, softened
3 Tablespoons Cocoa
1 cup Confectioner's Sugar
2 Tablespoons Flat Coca-Cola
Mix Butter, Cocoa, Confectioner's Sugar and Coca-Cola together until smooth.
Will frost an 8x8 pan of brownies.
Update - Just came across this recipe at Call Me PMC for a Coca-Cola Cake! The two might just pair quite nicely.
So I've whittle the leftovers down to about a quarter cup or so which even I, the Queen of Waste Not Want Not, can dispose of without a hint of guilt.