Are you a Pepper?
I sure am. Dr. Pepper is one of my favorite pops along with root beer. It has a wonderful blend of flavors and I love debating with people about what is exactly in Dr. Pepper. Some people say cherry, while others say vanilla. There are a few people who choose some spicier ingredients like cloves and star anise. It doesn’t matter what is in it, I love it.
Here is a bit of trivia for you. Did you know that Dr. Pepper is older than Coca Cola? I was shocked when I read that this week. Dr. Pepper was first created in 1885 and Coca Cola was made one year later. I had no idea this pop was that old.
I love to make different kinds of BBQ sauces. Homemade is so much better than store bought. This recipe takes the unique flavor of Dr. Pepper and puts it in the sauce. Just try it on grilled chicken or pork chops and you will discover how amazing this sauce really is.
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 onion, minced
- ½ red pepper, minced
- 5 garlic cloves, minced
- ½ cup molasses
- 1 can (355 ml) Dr. Pepper soda pop
- ½ cup vinegar
- 1½ cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 1½ cups tomato paste
- Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the onion, red pepper, garlic to the saucepan and saute until they are tender and beginning to caramelize, about 8 minutes.
- Add the molasses, Dr. Pepper, brown sugar, vinegar, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Let it cook with a low rolling boil for about 10 minutes. Stir occasionally so that nothing sticks to the bottom of the saucepan.
- Stir in the tomato paste and lower the heat. Let the sauce simmer for 30 minutes, stirring every few minutes.
- Remove from the heat and let the sauce cool to room temperature.
- Puree in a blender until smooth.