Dr. Pepper Barbecue Sauce

BBQ ribs on grill
Ratings (23)
  • Total: 20 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: about 3 1/2 cups (56 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
24 Calories
0g Fat
6g Carbs
1g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

An ice cold soda has gone hand in hand with barbecue for generations. This rich tomato-based barbecue sauce stars Dr. Pepper for a perfect accompaniment to all kinds of barbecue, particularly smoked ribs. Give this one a try next time you fire up the grill or smoker.


  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 1/2 cups Dr. Pepper
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons mild chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • Optional: A few drops of liquid smoke
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Combine all ingredients in medium saucepan.

  2. Simmer over medium-low heat for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring often.

  3. Remove sauce from heat and allow to cool for 15 minutes before using.