The Spice Blend in this Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce is Next Level
At first glance, the ingredient list may look long but, many of the items are already in your spice collection and pantry. I actually enjoy making my own sauces occasionally, and the sweet and spicy flavor combination of this Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce makes it a great choice to use with any baked or grilled steak, pork, chicken or ribs. Dr Pepper was my childhood drink of choice during sleepovers I had with my best friend, Kim, years ago. It's no wonder we were never sleepy! We had no idea our favorite drink would make a great barbecue sauce, too.
Other Homemade Sauce Recipes to Add to the Menu
I love making homemade sauces when time allows and with a little pre-planning you can, too. Sauces you may enjoy that you can find here in the MSSK recipe index is my Copycat Chick Fil A Sauce or perfectly delicious Chipotle Peach Barbecue Grillin' Sauce. You may also like to try this East Carolina Barbecue Sauce from Noble Pig.
Other Recipes Featuring the Flavor of Dr Pepper
If Dr Pepper lights your fire, you may like to try these recipes featuring the flavor you love.
- Slow Cooked Dr Pepper Baby Back Ribs cooked low and slow.
- Slow Cooked Dr Pepper Barbecue Beef that makes a spectacular pulled beef barbecue sandwich piled high on a toasted kaiser roll.
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce
- 1 15 oz can crushed tomatoes
- 1 12 oz Dr. Pepper
- 1 6 oz can tomato paste
- 1 medium sweet onion. chopped
- 4 tablespoon butter
- ¾ cup molasses
- ½ cup honey
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ⅓ cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon each of dry mustard, dark chili powder, ground chipotle pepper, cumin, white pepper
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne
- sea salt and black pepper to taste
- In a stove top pan, saute the onions in butter until translucent. Roughly chop the chipotle pepper then add it along with the garlic, Dr. Pepper, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, molasses, brown sugar, honey and seasonings to the pan.
- Simmer for at least 1 hour to allow the sauce to reduce, thicken and intensify in flavor.
- Taste and adjust the salt and pepper, then puree in a food processor or blender until smooth.
- Chill well.
Is this a canable recipe?
You could can this, sure. Use sterilized jars and follow the same process you would when canning any sauce.
Crystal K Griffin
I tried tgis recipe I did however leave a couple of things out such as the adobo pepper and chipotle pepper. I have asthma and can't eat a whole lot of spicy. However it still had a nice kick to it which I like and was really good.
Wonderful, thank you!
This looks delicious! It really bothers me when people review recipes and then change them! I can't wait to try it!
Thanks so much Ruth! I agree, it's not helpful to rate a recipe you didn't even try. ☺
Harriet 6 Deeds
Do you also make a hot dog sauce with Dr Pepper..?...someone said the Dr Pepper is what makes a big difference....looking forward to trying this barbecue sauce.
It sounds good to me.