Thursday, January 24, 2013

Dr Pepper Chipotle Pepper BBQ Sauce

Scratch kitchen smatch kitchen. That’s right, we’re cooking with sugary soda today, even as were are in the middle of The Biggest Loser season. Hey, I’m doing a crazy DanceTrance Beyonce dance marathon on Saturday before the Superbowl so I can get my fingers sticky with this sweet heat.

Good friend and cook extraordinaire, LB somehow scouted out this recipe from I made it yesterday while we prepped for her husband’s retirement party this coming Saturday. Turns out she picked a few things that are so Superbowl worthy!

You can drink this sauce directly from a champagne flute but I also recommend it for shredded pork, sliders, grilled chicken, salmon filets or burgers, french fries, ice cream, bedroom games.. you get the idea. While an iconic carbonated beverage and cherry preserves are clearly the makings of a great BBQ sauce, the MVP of this recipe (in my humble opinion) is chipotle packed in adobo.

I love using these peppers because the depth of the adobo and the heat of the chipotles bring so much flavor with just the opening of an inexpensive can (as with chipotle glaze). If you can’t find them chopped in the can, you’ll need to chop them. Minimize mess by straining the sauce and then chopping peppers. Throw every shred of pepper and last drop of sauce to the pot along with everything else and cook and taste for 30 minutes. I used the whole can and think the heat was perfect, but cut back to 2 Tbsp if you want it less spicy.

Next time I’m going to try adding some Jack Daniels or perhaps subbing it for some of the Dr Pepper. Either way, I used sugary soda, and I’ll do it again.


Dr Pepper-Chipotle BBQ Sauce

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


1 cup onion, diced
2 Tbsp garlic, minced
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 can (12 oz)
1 bottle chili sauce such as Heinz (12 oz)
1 cup cherry preserves
1/3 cider vinegar
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
3 Tbsp molasses
3 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
1 can (7.5 oz) chipotle chilies in adobo sauce


- saute onion and garlic until softened over medium low heat
- add remaining ingredients, turn up heat until it's bubbling and gurgling, turn heat down and allow to simmer 30 minutes

This recipe is adapted from Dr Pepper-Chipotle BBQ Sauce in Cuisine at Home

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