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What can I substitute for soda pop in a sweet pork recipe?

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I was looking up sweet pork recipes and every one of them call for Coke or Dr. Pepper.

I avoid soda as much as possible because of questionable ingredients: specifically GMO corn syrup, sodium benzoate and caramel color.

Are there any safer substitutions I could use to achieve the same/similar flavor?

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What about something like Hansen's? It's available at the local store here in Nowheresville, MN population ~7k so it shouldn't be too hard to find.

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The main function that soda adds in these recipes is as a flavored syrup that also has an acid. So make your own. Add your preferred sweetener to water with some form of acidulation (I prefer apple cider vinegar with pork) and a few spices and you will have something suitable to use.


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What can I substitute for soda pop in a sweet pork recipe?

up vote 14 down vote

I was looking up sweet pork recipes and every one of them call for Coke or Dr. Pepper.

I avoid soda as much as possible because of questionable ingredients: specifically GMO corn syrup, sodium benzoate and caramel color.

Are there any safer substitutions I could use to achieve the same/similar flavor?


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What about something like Hansen's? It's available at the local store here in Nowheresville, MN population ~7k so it shouldn't be too hard to find.

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While it doesn't use corn syrup, Hansen's does list caramel color as an ingredient (on their regular cola; i haven't checked the others). This is one of the questionable ingredients that the Asker was attempting to avoid. That being said, there might be an 'all natural' or 'old fashioned' cola available that does meet the criteria, even though Hansen's as a brand does not. - Roddy of the Frozen Peas Mar 3 at 23:39

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