Dr Pepper BBQ Sauce Recipe
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Dr Pepper BBQ Sauce Recipe

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My family is stationed in Italy with my husband, Lieutenant William Robert Blackman. William grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, and I’m from Texas, so the dish that spells "home" for us is a good ol' barbecue. I have my own recipe for barbecue sauce that we like to pour all over sliced brisket. Eating it reminds us of weekend barbecues with our families. —Tina Blackman, Naples, Italy
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 can (12 ounces) Dr Pepper
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons: 60 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 193mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch.


  1. In a small saucepan, combine all ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 30-35 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 1 cup.
Originally published as Dr Pepper BBQ Sauce in Taste of Home June/July 2013

Blush Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a blush wine such as White Zinfandel or a Rosé.

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summyb User ID: 3917798 227374
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2015

"Yes, mloffredo1, I think pineapple juice is a great substitute. I've used it as a substitute before with great results."

mloffredo1 User ID: 6287289 226723
Reviewed May. 22, 2015

"I have a question, I know someone who is allergic to oranges, orange juice, etc. Would substituting Pineapple juice be a good idea? I'd like to have an opinion on this before I make it. Thank you."

angmclanc User ID: 3282588 226600
Reviewed May. 19, 2015

"Loved it as is. What a great idea the Dr. Pepper is!"

sarahdraper08 User ID: 5300088 196803
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2014

"Shocked by all the great reviews. This sauce is very sweet. Too sweet. (Yuck)"

Debiana User ID: 1536180 213607
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2014

"Very good and similar to one I use, but I add cumin and onion powder to it."

Chefangelique008 User ID: 7834632 141065
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2014


doylescott User ID: 7230721 190554
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2014

"your Dr. pepper BBQ sauce is the BEST dam sauce I have ever had, dam good. thanks doylescott57@yahoo,com"

SherryRoss User ID: 2608412 140049
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2013

"I liked the recipe, I did not think it was thick enough for what I wanted so added cornstarch to thicken it up, worked great. I also add some hot sauce, not much. I tripled the batch and froze it."

ChrisBenge User ID: 7201601 213606
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2013

"Fantastic BBQ sauce. I used it on a Boston Butt that I used for pulled pork BBQ. Everyone raved about it. This isn't too spicy or too sweet, it's just right there in the middle as a very flavorful mild BBQ sauce."

katecrid47 User ID: 7098019 189258
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2013

"My family was a little disappointed with this sauce. I have used Coke before in a recipe and it was great. This recipe was easy to make with simple ingredients but the flavor for us just wasn't there."

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