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Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce

Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce is the answer for a quick and easy homemade barbecue sauce that is great for grilling!

I love that this Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce just uses a few simple pantry ingredients and comes together super quick. I made a nice little video just to show you how easy it really is!

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Don’t just think of this Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce for summer grilling, try it over your favorite meatloaf, Barbecue Meatball Hoagies or make Dr Pepper Sloppy Joes. There’s always Barbecue Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots  for your game day menu!

Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce from Miss in the Kitchen

Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce

We have been on a real barbecue kick for the past couple of weeks.  I’ve found a wonderful meat market that has the best trimmed beef briskets.


My husband is king of the grill around our house and he has been smoking the briskets for a couple of hours on the grill and then we finish it in the oven to get it nice and tender.

Brisket is just about my favorite food on the planet. I just can’t get enough of it. Brisket Nachos, Brisket Tacos and not to mention Christmas Brisket Fried Rice. I think I could eat it every single day.

How do you make a tender, smoky brisket even better? Slather it in this Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce of course! Add a side of Creamy Coleslaw and you have yourself a fabulous meal!

Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce from missinthekitchen.com

How to Make Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce:

  • Add Dr Pepper, ketchup, brown sugar, worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke and spices to a large sauce pan and cook until boiling.
  • Simmer 5 minutes.
  • Set aside to cool.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Although I still remember the recipe for the barbecue sauce business that I sold, I have fun experimenting with different sauces.  

This one was super quick and easy and just a slight variation on the Coca-Cola Barbecue Sauce I made for ribs. We also love this thick and hearty Homemade Barbecue Sauce and if you like a spicy sauce, Jalapeno Barbecue Sauce  is a must-try!

If you are looking for something outside of the box, give our White Barbecue Sauce a try! It’s amazing on grilled chicken or our Mustard BBQ Sauce is a total show stopper!

I intended to share this with you before the July 4th holiday but I was running crazy all week.  There’s lots of grilling season left and barbecue sauce is something we enjoy year round.

You have to try instead of picking up a bottle from the market. Trust me this one is going to knock your socks off!

Dr Pepper BBQ Sauce from Miss in the Kitchen

I have often considered opening up a barbecue restaurant but I always talk myself out of it. I really do love my job. I know how a restaurant takes all of your time and efforts but I still think it would be fun!

I grew up in our family’s restaurant and I used to think never again. Now I find myself thinking, maybe some day.

A barbecue restaurant would kind of tie all of my crazy ideas together but for now, I think I will stick with developing recipes and sharing them here. It’s not really as if I have time to be bored these days!

My kids love drinking Dr Pepper and it gives this sauce a zippy sweetness, but you don’t really get the distinct flavor of the Dr Pepper, it just adds a wonderful sweetness and depth of flavor.

We loved it drizzled over the smoked brisket and burgers and pretty much every thing we ate this week. Try dunking your favorite chicken strips or even fries in it or these mini Barbecue Meat Pies!

I think you will find yourself making this again and again!


Dr Pepper BBQ Sauce from MissintheKitchen




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Dr. Pepper Barbecue Sauce

Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce is the answer for a quick and easy homemade barbecue sauce that is great for grilling!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Condiments
Cuisine: American
Keyword: barbecue sauce, easy bbq sauce, homemade bbq sauce, sauce for grilling
Calories: 42kcal
Author: Milisa


  • 12 oz Dr. Pepper
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquide smoke
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic


  • Add all ingredients to a large sauce pan and whisk to combine.
  • Place over medium-high heat and cook, stirring often until mixture just starts to bubble.
  • Lower to simmer and cook 5 minutes or until sugar is dissolved.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.



Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 42kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Sodium: 213mg | Sugar: 9g


    1. Lmao!! How many Dr. Pepper recipes are out there? And why does your wife need you to come on here and defend her? HAAAAA!!!

  1. Wait! There is sweetener in the soda. And you add more sugar. How can the Nutritional information be Suga: 0 g?

    1. Because there is no “Suga” in there, Shuga! If ya don’t like what’s included, or if the correct nutritional information is SOOO IMPORTANT TO YOU, then this probably isn’t the recipe for you ANYWAY! YOU are the EXACT REASON WHY people don’t include nutritional information with their recipes anymore, no one can stand dealing with whiny A$$ crybabies like YOU! “Supposedly” fully grown A$$ women who do NOTHING BUT COMPLAIN about what others have done in an attempt to be OF HELP. Seriously woman, it’s a recipe for BBQ Sauce that begins with DR PEPPER, wouldn’t you say that it’s probably safe to assume that it’s likely going to have a $hit~ton of SUGAR INVOLVED?? Most BBQ Sauce does have a decent amount of SUGAR, unless it’s more of a sour, vinegar or mustard based recipe, but you KNEW THAT WASN’T what was waiting here for you, so how about you quit yer bit€hin and roll right along on over to the Jenny Craig site…

  2. Kellie, Janet – Just quit bitching. Seriously, shut your mouths and just enjoy this recipe that has been a standard that has been around since the early 70’s. And if you need more to think about…

    Kellie – who is posting this? Your husband or you? Did you win your contest? To think this is yours is like saying you own the moon. Kellie or your husband = a couple of ass hats.

    Janet – Loose weight. If you’re that worried about sugar, you shouldn’t be doing any cookie that involves using soda.

    Honestly. You people make America suck.

    As for the rest of the world – this recipe is just awesome! Consider using a teaspoon [or more] of cayenne pepper to give it a kick.

    1. This is the BEST home made bbq sauce I have ever made. Every other recipe I’ve ever tried tasted very ketchupy or tomatoey. This sauce is addictively good! I made it for air fryer chicken wings and can’t wait to dig in when they are done. Thank you for sharing this great recipe.

  3. How long can the bbq sauce last in the refrigerator? I made it once already and i made it with Diet Dr. Pepper since I’m Diabetic. It turned out great. I’m also thinking about using Splenda brown sugar, to help count down on the sugar content. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    1. I loved this sauce. I also used dt do and used less sugar. So tasty. Perfect with chicken and ribs. This makes America great again. Not the arguments.

      1. This is in response to Steven, but I’m also writing to Miss Milisa, the amazing woman behind this super, duper yummy website!!!
        WHOOO HOOOO!! Cherry Dr Pepper sounds like a MOST EXCELLENT IDEA!! I can’t wait to try that! My hubby loves Dr Pepper but doesn’t like “sweet protein/main dishes”, so unfortunately I don’t think he would enjoy this particular BBQ Sauce (I KNOW, his loss). I normally go with a Hickory & Brown Sugar type BBQ Sauce, whereas he chooses “Devils Spit” or “Is your A$$ On Fire 🔥 Yet”? Something amazing like THAT… We definitely have 1,000% opposite opinions when it comes to CONDIMENTS, we disagree on almost every condiment available, EXCEPT for mustard, we both LOVE ALL VERSIONS of the yummy yellow stuff, pure heaven!! lol 😆
        I believe I’m going to have to whip up a 1/2 recipe of this, it would take me a year to finish off a full size worth! I’m looking forward to some fall apart Pork ribs with Dr Pepper covering them in his loving embrace! 😂😆😂 Thank you for the wonderful BBQ Sauce Miss Milisa and thank you for ALLLL THE AMAZING GOODNESS that you share with us, you have so many divine recipes, and so many I can’t wait to try!! Even if you did steal them from Kelly, or whatever her name is who wrote in pretending to be her Big, Strong, Tough Husband, defending her precious honor and her very own super original recipe that she WON AN AWARD FOR!! How could you?? HAHAHAHA I hope you know that I’m kidding because that chick SERIOUSLY CRACKED ME UP, poor thing, getting her feelers hurt and everything… 🥱🤦🏼‍♀️

  4. Kelly Day’s husband: you and your wife are insane if you think that this recipe was created by Kelly. The same (or very similar) recipe is all over the internet, so your wife not only lied to you, but cheated in the competition for stealing another recipe and pretending it’s hers.

  5. Milisa,
    Great and easy recipe. I was smoking some ribs for my nephew and he is crazy about Dr. Pepper so I looked on Google for some recipes and found yours. It looked simple and I had all the ingredients so I made it. I added a pinch of red pepper flakes for a hint oh heat. We are used to using Head Country bbq sauce. This Dr. Pepper recipe is great. Thanks for posting.

    1. Hi Raul,
      I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Head Country is really good and from Oklahoma but we do enjoy making our own sauces. Thanks for stopping by to let me know how it turned out.

      ~ Milisa

  6. Made with no salt, and no salt added Ketchup as I have to watch sodium. Added a bit of Chipotle pepper powder and Apple Cider Vinegar for a southern “twang”. Super good.

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