Cola BBQ Sauce
In a sauce pot over medium-high heat, boil cola and brown sugar until syrupy and reduced to about 1/2 c. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a gentle simmer, lowering heat to medium for 8 min. Use immediately or chill in airtight container. Sauce will keep up to a month, refrigerated.
Broccoli Pecan Slaw
Add salt to 2 quarts boiling water. Blanch broccoli in boiling water, removing as soon as it turns bright green, approx. 1 min (should be crisp-tender). Drain and plunge into ice water. When cool, drain and toss with cabbage, bell pepper and pecans; set aside. Combine mayo, sour cream, mustard, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Add desired amount of dressing to vegetables, enough to coat. Serve immediately.
Smoky Mac ‘n’ Cheese
Boil pasta in lightly salted water until al dente, approx. 8 min. Drain and set aside (do not rinse). In large pot, melt butter with flour over medium-high heat, stirring until fragrant, approx. 2 min. Add milk and spices/seasonings, stirring constantly until simmering. Add cheeses, a little at a time, until incorporated (some clumping is normal). Add pasta, toss and serve.
Bacon Brown Sugar Baked Beans
Cook bacon over medium heat in skillet until beginning to crisp. Add onion and cook 4-5 min. Add remaining ingredients, then bring to a simmer, cooking 5 min. Taste; add more salt and sugar as desired. Serve immediately.