Dr Pepper Sauce

If you are adventurous in the kitchen, you are likely to have already tried cooking with soft drinks. Cola-marinated meat or soft drink based cakes can be tasty additions to your recipe repertoire, but you may not have ever considered cooking with Dr Pepper. The complex flavours of this popular classic soft drink make it the perfect base for a sauce. This recipe creates a thick, delicious sauce that can be used as a marinade or barbecue sauce for meat, or as a condiment. While you can buy barbecue sauces at any grocery store, you will find that the delicious and sophisticated flavour of this sauce make it worth the effort of making your own.


To make a batch of this tangy, tasty sauce you will need;

50 grams of unsalted butter

Four cloves of minced garlic

One large chopped onion

Three tablespoons of tomato puree

200 ml of tomato ketchup (even basic store brand ketchup will suffice)

110 ml of cider vinegar

75 ml of Worcestershire Sauce

1 330 ml can of Dr Pepper

100 grams of soft brown sugar

One teaspoon of salt

One teaspoon of ground white pepper

Two teaspoons of hot chili pepper




In a large heavy saucepan, you should melt the butter over a medium heat. Saute the garlic and onion for approximately ten minutes or until they become translucent. Add in all the other ingredients and allow the mixture to simmer for approximately fifteen minutes. Turn down to a low heat, allowing the sauce to continue cooking for twenty to thirty minutes, until it has begun to thicken. At this point, you will need to taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning according to your personal preferences. If you prefer more heat, add more chili powder, or if you prefer a sweeter, tomato flavour, add more tomato puree. Remember, that if you are using the sauce on meat that already has a rub, you don’t want to go too hot, as the rub will already contain spices.

Allow the sauce to cool until it is no longer bubbling. This will take approximately ten minutes but will prevent painful splashes when you blend. You can use an immersion blender or transfer to a blender jug. Blend for a few minutes or until the sauce is thick and smooth. Allow your sauce to cool before you put it into a covered container. It will keep for up to fourteen days in the refrigerator.

The sauce can be brushed onto your food, ten to fifteen minutes before it has finished cooking. You can also brush onto raw foods and allow them to marinate before cooking. Alternatively, serve on the table as a spicy flavorful condiment. Just be prepared to make extra as it is likely to be a hit with the whole family.

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