Dr. Pepper Barbecue Sauce for Grilling

Kim Conte
Food & Party

chicken legsOne of the most popular recipes of all time here on The Stir is One-Pot Dr. Pepper Pork Chops -- remember that one? Mmmmmm ...

Ever since, I've been looking for a way to incorporate that sweet-and-sour cola flavor into other dishes, particularly grilled meats for the summer. I love this recipe for Dr. Pepper Barbecue Sauce. You brush it on a few minutes before grilling; it's also great for dipping.


Dr. Pepper Barbecue Sauce

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/2 stick)
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 (12-ounce) can Dr. Pepper
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Melt butter. Saute onion and garlic in butter until soft (about 10 minutes). Add remaining ingredients, bring to a boil, then simmer about 15 minutes. Continue cooking until sauce begins to thicken (about 20 to 30 minutes). Cool sauce slightly. Puree in blender. Brush on food or serve for dipping.

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