Dr Pepper BBQ Sauce

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins

Mirj- this ones for you! From Steve Raichlen's Ultimate BBQ Cookbook. You can use this to polish off a dry rub or just as a condiment. Trust me, it tastes better than it sounds.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Juice the lemon, you should get 4 tablespoons.
  2. In a saucepan add all ingredients, bring to a boil.
  3. Lower to a simmer and cook 10-15 minutes until thickened.
  4. You can add more vinegar/steak sauce/ hot sauce/ if you need it, to taste.
Most Helpful

5 5

Dr. Pepper is my all-time favorite drink, and my family thought I was nuts to sacrifice one of my precious cans of the stuff, but it was worth it! You could say this recipe is made up of ingredients that I can't really get in Israel. Dr. Pepper is rare, and the Worcestershire sauce, A-1 Steak Sauce and liquid smoke were all sent to me by wonderful Zaar friends. I used some local hot sauce. I added the zest of the lemon to the mix as well. I rubbed it all over a brisket and let it sit in the crockpot on low for about 8 hours. Although it is for tonight's dinner, I made this yesterday and let it chill before slicing it into serving pieces. I had a taste, and it was a huge effort not to scarf the whole thing down right there and then. Chia, this really rocks, and was worth the sacrifice of the Dr. Pepper!

4 5

Quite good!! This was my very first attempt at homemade BBQ sauce. I will cut back the A-1 next time, as it was quite strong in the recipe - it really took over the recipe. Otherwise, we really liked this. It worked very well on baked chicken. Thank you for this great recipe!! I know with a little tweaking, this will become our favorite!!

5 5

Wow, Wow, Wow! This is my 4th or 5th time (I can't remember) making the BBQ sauce again and again. My parents can't get enough of it. I made some yesterday, but I did it a little different: I added 1 T. light brown sugar for a little sweetness (I've been adding 1 T corn syrup also, but I didn't want to do that), and let the mixture reduce about 15-20 minutes. It was still loose, but since I'm from NC, runny barbecue sauce= delicious. I buy a can of Dr. Pepper at another school's vending machine (the school where I go to for extra homeschool classes). My friends stared at me when I mentioned the recipe, but they just don't understand. Like Mirj said, this really rocks, and is absolutely worth a can of Dr. Pepper.