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Cherry Dr. Pepper Barbecue Sauce

When you need a good barbecue sauce, skip the pre-made versions and make up a batch of your own! This Cherry Dr. Pepper Barbecue Sauce is the perfect mix of sweet and tangy, and you can whip it up with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry and fridge.

Cherry Dr. Pepper Barbecue Sauce

Homemade Cherry Dr. Pepper Barbecue Sauce

Homemade BBQ sauce is one of my favorite things to whip up. There’s nothing like being able to be fully in control of the final outcome. Like spice? Toss in some red pepper flakes. Don’t like any spice at all? Omit it completely. You can taste and adjust until you are totally satisfied with the end result and it’ll perfectly compliment whatever you’re going to slather it all over.

We used this sauce on chicken wings recently and it was incredible! Next it is going to go on some Traeger Pulled Pork and some 3-2-1 Ribs!

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Cherry Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce

Cherry Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • onion
  • garlic
  • Cherry Dr. Pepper
  • yellow mustard
  • ketchup
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • black pepper
  • apple cider vinegar
  • red pepper flake
Cherry Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce

How to make Sweet & Tangy Homemade Barbecue Sauce

This is just the overview so you can see what you’re actually getting into here. When you are cooking, you’ll want to use the full recipe at the bottom of the page.



Chop your onions, mince your garlic, and toss all of the ingredients into a sauce pot.



Heat over low heat and stir frequently. Cook for about 15-20 minutes, lightly simmering.



Let it cool and store the sauce in the fridge. It should last for at least a week or two in the fridge.

Try our original homemade bbq sauce too!

Cherry Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce

Cherry Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce FAQ

Can you use a different type of soda in this recipe?

Yup! Regular Dr. Pepper works, so does Coke, Cherry Coke, and even Root Beer would be an interesting addition to this recipe.

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Cherry Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce

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Cherry Dr. Pepper Barbecue Sauce
Yield: 6 servings

Cherry Dr. Pepper Barbecue Sauce

Cherry Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce

This simple barbecue sauce features one of our favorite sodas, Cherry Dr. Pepper! Sweet, tangy, and delicious!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 12 ounces cherry Dr Pepper
  • 1/3 cup yellow mustard
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flake


  1. Dice the onion and mince the garlic.
  2. Add those along with the rest of the ingredients to a sauce pot, and heat over low heat to a low simmer.
  3. Simmer for 15-20 minutes. Blend in a blender or with an immersion blender. Keep in the fridge for a week or two.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 186Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1293mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 2gSugar: 26gProtein: 2g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate.

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