Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce is sweet, rich, and mouthwateringly delicious! Whether you slather it on chicken or ribs, burgers, wings, or veggies, this secret ingredient recipe will become your go-to any time you need to take your “sauce game” to a whole new level.
Grilling season is in full swing and I’m loving it! There’s nothing quite like food that’s cooked on the grill or on an open flame. It’s that time where we get to channel our inner caveman or woman, right?
To take my grilling game up a notch this year, I decided to make a homemade BBQ sauce. I decided to make my sauce with an unexpected ingredient that would give some depth of flavor along with a tangy edge. Dr. Pepper was the obvious choice. It’s got the right amount of sweetness along with deep notes of cherry, anise, and molasses all perfect for a killer BBQ sauce recipe!
Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce is full of simple ingredients you most likely have in your pantry. It only takes about 30 minutes to make either on the grill or the stovetop. Here’s what you’ll need to make it:
- Dr. Pepper Soda
- Tomato Paste
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Brown Sugar
- Worcestershire Sauce
- Chili Powder
Dr Pepper BBQ Sauce is so good you’ll find yourself slathering it on lots of dishes that you never even thought about before. It’s outstanding on any type of chicken, or pork. I love to put it on burgers and in my Pineapple BBQ Baked Beans. You can also use it as a dip for fries as my son does.
If you are a fan of all things BBQ, then this sauce is for you. If you love to smoke your own pulled pork or ribs, then you’ve got to whip up a batch of Carolina Vinegar BBQ Sauce. Both of these sauces are sure to become favorite recipes you’ll make time and time again.
How Long Will Homemade BBQ Sauce Last?
This sauce keeps for a while in the fridge, up to about 3 to 4 months. Since this recipe is so easy, I’ve been making a double batch and storing it in recycled bottles in the fridge until I’m ready to use it.
Need a little inspiration on ways to use Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce? Try these ideas:
- Drizzle it on Instant Pot Pulled Pork Nachos.
- Put a dollop on Meatloaf Muffins for a bit of unexpected flavor.
- Cook Game Day Meatballs in this homemade sauce. You’ll score big time!
- It’s ridiculously good served with 3 Ingredient Oven Cooked Beef Brisket.
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- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 cup onion, chopped
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- 12 ounces Dr. Pepper soda
- 1 cup ketchup
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 ½ tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- To a medium-size pot, add butter and onion. Sautee over medium-high heat until translucent. Whisk in tomato paste and vinegar and cook for 1 minute.
- Add Dr. Pepper, ketchup, brown sugar, honey, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, garlic, and salt. Stir together. Bring the sauce up to a boil then reduce to simmer for approximately 10 minutes until thickened.
- Remove sauce from the stovetop and let cool. Using an immersion blender or a stand blender, process sauce until smooth.
- Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.