Dr. Pepper Barbecue Sauce

Dr. Pepper Barbecue Sauce

The Spruce / Mateja Kobescak

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 56 servings
Yield: 3 1/2 cups
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
17 Calories
0g Fat
4g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 56
Amount per serving
Calories 17
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 94mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 3mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 30mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(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

  • A few drops of liquid smoke, optional

  • Salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Dr. Pepper Barbecue Sauce ingredients

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  2. Combine all ingredients in medium saucepan.

    Combine all ingredients in medium saucepan

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

    sauce cooking in a saucepan

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

    Dr. Pepper Barbecue Sauce in a saucepan

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