Dr. Pepper Barbecue Sauce

BBQ ribs on grill
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 56 servings

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. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Combine all ingredients in medium saucepan.

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

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

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