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Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce

Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword dr-pepper-barbecue-sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4 cups
Author Melissa Sperka


  • 1 15 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 12 oz Dr. Pepper
  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 medium sweet onion. chopped
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp each of dry mustard, dark chili powder, ground chipotle pepper, cumin, white pepper
  • 1/4 tsp 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.


This sauce can be made up to a week ahead of time. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.