Homemade Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce Recipe

I'm a Pepper, and you can be a Pepper too with this bbq sauce recipe. It's easy to put together, and needs to be cooked for only 20 to 30 minutes.

This is similar to Coca Cola barbecue sauce, but the different flavor of the Dr. Pepper adds quite a bit. To my taste buds there's a hint of cherry flavor in this soda pop.

Individual, plated pork ribs glazed with a layer of sweet and sticky Dr. Pepper sauce.

Dr. Pepper Barbecue Sauce Ingredients and Cooking Instructions

This recipe is easy to make, and you probably already have the ingredients on hand!


  • 12 ounces of Dr. Pepper soda, pop, soft drink...whatever you call it.
  • 1 cup tomato ketchup
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon black pepper, to taste

Whisk all ingredients together, then bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer the Dr. Pepper sauce for 20 to 30 minutes, just until the sauce is slightly thickened.

BBQ Sauce Containing Delicious Dr. Pepper soda pop In Clear Glass Bowl

Where The Doctor's Sauce Shines!

Like I said, this is great with smoked chicken and pork. Try brushing it on your smoking chicken thighs during the last 10 minutes of cooking.

Build up a few layers of the sauce, letting each coat dry a bit before adding the next. That will create the much desired, thick, sticky, sweet glaze we all love so much!

A close-up macro image of Dr. Pepper sauce. Undulating folds of the thick sauce prove that it will not run off of your smoked meats!

Do the same with your smoking baby back ribs or spare ribs too. Ten to fifteen minutes before removing from the smoker, brush the top surface with a layer of sauce.

A dollop of this sauce in a pulled pork sandwich is a great way to add a bit of sweetness to your meal.

This sauce is sweet, tangy, and that hint of Dr. Pepper flavor will have your guests guessing what the secret ingredient is!