Dr Pepper Ribs steaming after being broiled

Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce

Making your own homemade barbecue sauce is very easy.  If you’ve never done it before,  you seriously need to give it a try. It’s really easy to put together your own sauce for less than fifty cents.   When you make it yourself, you can ensure that there are no unwanted ingredients,  and you can create many different variations on your sauce.

Dr Pepper Ribs in the pressure cooker.This barbecue sauce is made with Dr Pepper because I will be making Sue Chef’s  favorite Dr. Pepper Ribs later this week.  I’ll post a recipe for another barbecue sauce next month, too.  Making the sauce ahead of time makes getting dinner on the table easier after a long day at work, but in the case of ribs, which have to cook low and slow for a long time, you can make the sauce while they’re in the oven.   I just like the convenience of having a mason jar full of barbecue sauce waiting in my refrigerator.  It makes getting my 2 ingredient party wings on the table ridiculously simple.bone in chicken

Here’s the recipe.  give it a try and let us know what you think.

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Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce
Recipe type: Sauce
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Serves: 2 cups
Dr Pepper Barbecue sauce is quick and easy to make. It's delicious brushed onto meats on the grill or stirred into meatloaf or burgers before cooking. Store prepared sauce in refrigerator for up to five days.
  • 1½ teaspoons vegetable oil
  • ½ cup minced yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ cup Dr Pepper (Do NOT use diet)
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  1. Heat oil in saucepan.
  2. Add onion and garlic to pan and saute until translucent.
  3. Add Dr Pepper, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, cider vinegar, cayenne pepper, and brown sugar to the pan and mix well.
  4. Bring to a boil.
  5. Lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until thickened, stirring frequently.


7 thoughts on “Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce

    1. Oops! Thanks for pointing out that oversight. 1/2 cup. I added it to the recipe ingredients as well. My volunteer editor has gone on vacation.

  1. This sauce ROCKS!! Best sauce I have ever tasted, but I did use my immersion blender to puree the onion before I simmered it. Awesome recipe. Do you think this would work with other types of soda?

    1. Thanks for the compliment. Great idea to blend it before using it. That will make it more like a store bought sauce. I think you could switch out the Dr Pepper for whatever soda you choose. I have a friend who uses 7 up and substitutes soy sauce for the Worcestershire. It’s excellent on chicken.

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