Dr Pepper does barbecue

Get that grill going, and slather on this sticky-sweet Dr Pepper barbecue sauce, or try these tasty baked beans for a soda-infused side dish.

Dr. Pepper barbecue sauce recipe

Nothing represents summertime like the barbecue. As soon as the weather starts warming up, we start grilling. Since we are primarily vegetarian eaters in my house, I try to think of dishes that will not only be appealing to my family but also to guests we have over who are meat eaters.

Dr. Pepper barbecue sauce recipe

This barbecue sauce is one I make regularly, and it goes well on just about anything from chicken to beef, as a dip for homemade french fries and even as a fun surprise ingredient on nachos.

Dr Pepper barbecue sauce recipe

Inspired by epicurious

Yields 5 cups


  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 large sweet onion, finely diced
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup all-natural ketchup
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup vegan Worcestershire sauce (or you can use regular)
  • 1 (12 ounce) can Dr Pepper
  • 1/2 cup packed organic dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried mustard powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a saucepot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add in the onion and garlic, and cook just until soft and the onions are translucent.
  2. Add in the remaining ingredients, stirring occasionally. Simmer uncovered for 30 minutes until the sauce is nice and thick.
  3. Remove from heat, and allow the sauce to cool. Store it in a jar in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Dr. Pepper barbecue sauce recipe

Dr Pepper barbecue beans recipe

Rather than making a meat dish, I made these hearty Dr Pepper barbecue beans. They are an excellent side dish with so much flavor.

Serves 8


  • 1 pound dried beans, such as northern beans
  • 1 large sweet onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1-1/2 to 2 cups Dr Pepper barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup water


  1. Rinse the dry beans under cool water, and remove any beans that look bad.
  2. To a large bowl, add the beans, and cover them with cold water. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel, and let the beans soak for 8 hours or ideally overnight.
  3. After the beans have soaked, add them to a large pot, and cover them with water.
  4. Simmer the beans over medium-high heat for 1 hour, skimming the foam off the top. Once the beans are nice and tender, drain the water from the pot.
  5. Return the beans to the stove, and add in the onions, garlic powder, barbecue sauce and water.
  6. Simmer uncovered on medium-low heat for 30 minutes or until the onions have softened.
  7. Remove from heat, and serve warm.

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