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Dr Pepper BBQ Sauce

5 from 82 votes
Published on 02/15/2024 by Umamiology
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This Dr Pepper BBQ Sauce is a sweet and tangy dressing that features a harmonious blend of rich and savory spices, with the uniquely sweet taste of Dr Pepper. It adds a irresistible flavor to any grilled meat or barbecue dish.

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I can’t believe how easy it is to make this BBQ sauce. You can make it in less than 10 mins, with things you likely already have in your home.

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The iconic flavor of Dr Pepper adds a unique touch to our homemade bbq sauce and makes it a thick and tangy dressing that you can slather on tender ribs, grilled chicken, or use as a delicious dipping sauce for fries or pulled pork.

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Why Do We Use Dr Pepper In This Sauce?

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As a base for our sauce, the unique taste of Dr Pepper’s 23 blend of flavors, provides a rich, caramel, vanilla and fruity note to this delicious dressing.

Key Elements Of This Recipe

  • Dr Pepper: Delicious soft drink with subtle touches of warmth, caramel and a hint of vanilla.
  • Brown Sugar: To provide that rich, sweet, stickiness to the sauce

The Ingredients for Dr Pepper BBQ Sauce

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  • 1 can Dr Pepper
  • 1 cup Ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • 3 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Smoked Paprika
  • 3 tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 6 oz Tomato Paste
  • 1 tablespoon Yellow Mustard

The Equipment Needed

  • Sauce Pan

How To Make Dr Pepper BBQ Sauce

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In a sauce pan over low heat, combine all of the sauce ingredients and let it simmer, uncovered for about 5 minutes.

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The sauce should start to thicken and darken in color slightly.

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Add more brown sugar or seasonings to taste, if needed – then remove from the heat and let it cool for about 5 minutes.

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Uses For This Sauce:

  • Grilled Meats: Slather over ribs or brisket
  • Mac & Cheese: Drizzle over mac & cheese
  • Dipping Sauce: For chicken tenders, fries, etc.
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Dr Pepper BBQ Sauce

5 from 82 votes
This Dr Pepper BBQ Sauce is a sweet and tangy dressing that features a harmonious blend of rich and savory spices, with the uniquely sweet taste of Dr Pepper. It adds a irresistible flavor to any grilled meat or barbecue dish.
Author: Umamiology
Servings: 8
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 9 minutes
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Equipment

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • In a sauce pan over low heat, combine all of the sauce ingredients and let it simmer, uncovered for about 5 minutes.
  • The sauce should start to thicken and darken in color slightly.
  • Add more brown sugar or seasonings to taste, if needed – then remove from the heat and let it cool for about 5 minutes.

Notes

Uses For This BBQ Sauce
  • Grilled Meats: Slather over ribs or brisket
  • Mac & Cheese: Drizzle over mac & cheese
  • Dipping Sauce: For chicken tenders, fries, etc.

Nutrition

Calories: 94kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 1gFat: 0.3gSaturated Fat: 0.05gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 1717mgPotassium: 385mgFiber: 1gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 915IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 28mgIron: 1mg

*Nutritional information is just an estimate derived by an online calculation tool.

FAQ

Why do we use Dr Pepper in this BBQ sauce?

The iconic flavor of Dr Pepper adds a unique touch to our homemade bbq sauce and makes it a thick and tangy dressing that you can slather on tender ribs, grilled chicken, or use as a delicious dipping sauce for fries or pulled pork.

How long does it take to make Dr Pepper BBQ Sauce?

You can make it in less than 10 mins, with things you likely already have in your home.

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