Cathy’s Coke Roast

The Mystery Writers of America CookbookThe Mystery Writers of America Cookbook has some wonderful recipes that are easy AND taste good, a winning combination! I previously tried a version of French toast called Granny Knott’s Baked Toast and with one success down wanted to try another one. This time I went for a main dish and chose Cathy’s Coke Roast. It was contributed by the mystery writer, Karin Slaughter. This is her grandmother’s recipe who told her that “even an idiot can do [it]!” The coke is the magic in this recipe and it apparently has many talents like cleaning soap scum as well as a meat tenderizer.

This was almost too simple! I used a boneless pork roast, but I’m sure it would be equally as delicious with beef. I put this in the fridge to marinate the night before and left my husband to assemble the meat into the crock pot as I was going out of town. My boys loved it! My husband wished he would have put in more mushrooms as they were especially good. I tasted some when I got home and sitting in the fridge for a few days didn’t harm the flavor at all, it was really great! The meat was incredibly tender and full of flavor. The coke seemed to do its job and tenderized the meat perfectly.

Cathy’s Coke Roast


3 pounds organic beef roast

Ground black pepper, to taste

1 2-leter bottle Coca-Cola

2 bay leaves

1 cup beef broth

1 cup baby carrots

1 cup sliced mushrooms

1 cup diced onion

2 stalks celery, diced

4 red potatoes, sliced

1 cup green beans, snapped and cut in half

Pinch dried parsley, or to taste

Pinch dried basil, or to taste

  1. Place roast in a large bowl and sprinkle with pepper. Pour Coke over the roast until nearly covered. Add the bay leaves. Cover roast and let sit in fridge overnight.
  2. The next day, drain Coke and place roast in a slow cooker. Add beef broth and all vegetables. Season with pepper, parsley, and basil. Cook on high for 3 hours.
  3. Set the slow cooker on low and cook for an additional 3 hours.

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