DR PEPPER BARBECUE SAUCE — This homemade barbecue sauce is infused with Dr Pepper soda, and has just the right amount of chili powder to give it a slightly spicy kick. This sauce is sure to become your new favorite condiment!
If you never made your own barbecue sauce, you really should! It’s so easy, and so much better when you make it yourself. Especially when you can add ingredients like Dr Pepper and make Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce.
My kids thought having Dr Pepper in their barbecue sauce was the greatest thing ever! They couldn’t believe I actually put soda in their barbecue sauce. So I was pretty much mom of the year with this recipe.
I just made this sauce today. It is outstanding. The only thing I added was a little cayenne pepper because we love a little bit of heat.
My wife and I were definitely eating it by the spoonful. I can’t wait for my ribs to finish smoking so I can lather them up with this sauce. Thanks for the recipe. ~ Brian
Seriously, this Dr. Pepper Barbecue Sauce is “eat-it-with-a-spoon” kind of good. Although it really is better as a condiment. We’ve used it for everything from ribs to dipping French fries.
One of our favorite ways to use this sauce is on pulled pork sandwiches. The amazing barbecue sauce flavor really comes through when it’s paired with some smoky pulled pork.
I also love to bottle this sauce and share it with neighbors. It’s an especially unexpected and welcome change from all sweets that are often shared during the holidays.
This sauce does have a slightly spicy kick to it. If you want to tone it down a tad (although I wouldn’t unless you really can’t tolerate anything spicy at all), you can cut back on the chili powder and pepper.
The recipe makes roughly one and a half cups of sauce, and it will keep in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks. My youngest is a barbecue sauce fanatic, so it never lasts that long around here!
Don’t be surprised if this delicious condiment becomes your favorite barbecue sauce of all time!
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Here’s what you’ll need to make Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce
- Produce: onions, garlic
- Tomato paste
- Dr Pepper
- Apple cider vinegar
- Worcestershire sauce
- Brown sugar
- Spices: chili powder, salt and pepper
Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce
This homemade barbecue sauce is infused with Dr Pepper soda, and has just the right amount of chili powder to give it a slightly spicy kick. This sauce is sure to become your new favorite condiment!
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
- 3-4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 cup ketchup
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 (12 oz.) can Dr. Pepper
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- In a heavy saucepan, melt the butter. Add onion and garlic and saute until translucent, 8-10 minutes.
- Add all of the remaining ingredients and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the flavors have blended. Continue cooking until the sauce begins to thicken, 15-20 minutes more.
- Let the sauce cool for about 10 minutes or until it is warm but no longer boiling hot. Puree with an immersion or traditional blender. Cool completely. Keep sauce tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
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Who Dished It Up First: Adapted from Elizabeth Karmel.
I bet this bbq sauce is great!! Blessings, Catherine
We went to this BBQ place in Iowa City, and they had root beer BBQ sauce, which was fantastic! I bet this is similar. I’m going to make this the next time I make pulled pork.
I just made this sauce today. It is outstanding. The only thing I added was a little cayenne pepper because we love a little bit of heat. My wife and I were definitely eating it by the spoonful. I can’t wait for my ribs to finish smoking so I can lather them up with this sauce. Thanks for the recipe.
Thanks so much Brian. Adding cayenne is a great idea!
Can you can this bbq sauce? I am looking for a bbq sauce that you can can!!
Can diet Dr Pepper be used
I don’t see why not.
My sauce came out a lil watery its my second time making it
Mine came out watery
Can’t get mine to thicken. Should I keep cooking?
I was not a fan. This recipe turned out very thin. I had to cook it down. This is an onion and vinegar heavy recipe. The Dr Pepper flavor was way overshadowed by these other stronger flavors. Even after allowing the sauce to “settle down” after 5 days, when I opened up the jars hoping they had mellowed, they had not. Very sharp. Very oniony.
Hi Danelle, I plan to make this next summer or I might make it sooner and use it on chicken baked in the oven because I always have some Dr Pepper around