Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce

Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce
A good BBQ sauce can add a lot to your barbecue. It’s great for marinating your chicken and ribs; it’s an awesome dipping sauce for French fries and chicken nuggets; and it adds that extra oomph to pulled pork sandwiches. And making it at home can give any recipe that “home-made goodness” that you’re known for!

But did you know that you could add a rich sweetness to your BBQ sauce by using Dr. Pepper?! And it’s delicious too! The combination of this soda with brown sugar, maple syrup, and various spices blend together into a dark, yet sweet BBQ sauce that will have everyone asking how you made it! Try it out with pulled pork or with grilled chicken and become barbecue royalty!


  • 1 can of Dr. Pepper (12 ounces)
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Thai Fish Sauce*
  • 1 teaspoon New Mexico Chili powder*
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup


  1. Pour Dr. Pepper into a medium sized saucepan with Worcestershire sauce, and apple cider vinegar.
  2. Cook at medium heat until it begins to boil.
  3. Lower heat and add maple syrup and ketchup. Stir ingredients together and simmer for 2 minutes.
  4. Finally, add the brown sugar, salt, chili powder, and garlic powder. Bring back to a boil, then lower heat, stir, and simmer for 5 more minutes.
  5. Let cool and place in an airtight container. Refrigerate until read to use.

Cook’s Notes

  • 1 teaspoon salt can be substituted for the fish sauce
  • Add more chili powder for a spicier sauce

One thought on “Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce

  1. I made the BBQ sauce this afternoon – it was great with some of the Sois Vide Ham but possibly a little too sweet when we served it with the Sois Vide Pulled Bork Butt. Next time I’ll reduce the amount of brown sugar.

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