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Cola Pot Roast II

"The rich brown gravy this makes is wonderful, with just a slight hint of sweetness. Everyone asks for the recipe, and NO ONE ever guesses the secret ingredient...cola!"
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5 h 15 m servings 423 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Place meat in a roasting pan. Sprinkle carrots, celery and minced garlic around roast.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the brown gravy mix and water, mixing into a smooth paste. Add onion soup mix, cream of mushroom soup and cola-flavored carbonated beverage. Pour over the roast.
  4. Cover pan, and cook 1 hour in the preheated oven.
  5. Reduce oven temperature to 225 degrees F (110 degrees C), and continue cooking 2 hours. Remove from oven, and turn roast over so that the top is now covered with the gravy. Cover pan, and return to oven for a minimum of 2 hours.
  6. Remove from oven, and let meat rest for 10 minutes before slicing.


  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 423 calories; 23.3 g fat; 12.7 g carbohydrates; 38.8 g protein; 121 mg cholesterol; 736 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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I only gave this recipe 4 stars for several reasons. I loved the addition of the cola. And the recipe is very easy to make. It makes the house smell great! And it is TASTY! But… 1. This r...

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I have made several pot roasts and this recipe made the meat VERY dry! The gravy mixture was excellent but the meat was too chewy.

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I only gave this recipe 4 stars for several reasons. I loved the addition of the cola. And the recipe is very easy to make. It makes the house smell great! And it is TASTY! But… 1. This r...

BEER INSTEAD OF COLA. This a great recipe. I like to make it with a a bottle of beer instead of cola. Also add a good sized sweet onion quartered (or smaller if it is a large onion). Add four o...

Don't let the "cola" scare you away from this recipe. In the past, every single time I add coke to a meat recipe (usually pork) it comes out sooo tender, which was the case here as well. I use...

I've made this several times, and we love it! I use Lipton's Beefy Onion soup mix and omit the gravy mix. I use the crock pot and add cornstarch about 20 minutes before the end if the gravy isn'...

This recipe is fantastic! Served to company tonight who said this was the "best meal ever." Served with mashed potatoes, asparagus, spinach/orange/radish/green onion salad, and garlic bread. As ...

This was great. I fixed it in the slow cooker for 10 hours and used the whole pack of gravy mix. I also set it up the night before and let it set in the refrigerator to marinate. I don't normall...

Excellent in a slow cooker! I used the entire can of cola (12 oz.) and added ground cumin to the gravy mixture. I rubbed the roast with grilling spice and added chopped up potatoes in the slow...

This was really wonderful!! I have cooked with "colas" before and I guess I am always surprised when people are surprised when it can be used as an ingredient. Cola is no more than sugar and c...

Excellent roast. I am not a huge roast fan but this one sold me. Everyone at Sunday dinner loved it!