With the sun setting later in the West, and temperatures rising all around us, it must be the season for the Q!  To get you in the mood, we’re sharing one of our favorite barbecue sauce recipes that we share with those who stay at our vacation rental in San Miguel … and that we encourage you to use all summer long.

The Best Barbecue Recipe in Town … Includes Dr. Pepper

An ice cold soda has gone hand in hand with barbecues for generations so why not include a good splash or two into this summer-perfect sauce.

This simple and oh-so-easy recipe combines Dr. Pepper with a rich tomato based sauce that is perfect for all kinds of barbecue, particularly smoked ribs. Give this one a try next time you fire up the grill in your own backyard.

Easy and Delicious Dr. Pepper Barbecue Sauce

Prep Time:   10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield:           3 ½ Cups

Combine all of the following ingredients in a medium saucepan and simmer over medium-low heat for 10 to 12 minutes; stir often.  Remove from the heat and allow the sauce to cool for 15 minutes.

  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 1/2 cup Dr. Pepper
  • 1/4 cup
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons mild chili powder
  • 1teaspoon sweet paprika
  • a few drops of liquid smoke (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Remember that any sauce that contains sugars (like this one does) will burn at temperatures above 265 degrees F. If you are cooking at temperatures above this, wait until meat or poultry are cooked before applying the sauce. This will prevent burning so you can avoid blackened ribs, burgers, chicken, or pork and admire and enjoy your backyard BBQ feast.