Diet Dr Pepper BBQ Sauce

This post is sponsored by Dr Pepper with Dr Pepper Snapple Group. Although I received compensation for this post, all opinions are my own.

Diet Dr Pepper BBQ Sauce

Labor Day is right around the corner and of course one of the things we associate with Labor Day the most (besides the 3 day weekend and major sales!) is barbeque. I mean, if we have to officially end summer, we should give it a great send off, right? And what better way than with some tasty barbeque!

There are so many ways to make barbeque sauce, and so many different flavors and seasonings. And while you could certainly run into the grocery store and grab a bottle of the shelf, there’s nothing like homemade. Especially when it’s super easy to make and made with a Texas tradition … Dr Pepper!

If you’ve been keeping up with me the last few months, you know I’ve really been working on living a healthier lifestyle. And, I’ve been doing a pretty good job by eating well and working out. But the biggest part of staying on track for me is not depriving myself of the things I enjoy. The quickest way to failure is to deny yourself all the yummy stuff and let’s be real. No one can live on lettuce and water. So, I stick to the healthier stuff most of the time and when I want to splurge a little, I try to cut a few calories here and there. For me, the easiest way to cut calories is to cut the sugar. Thank goodness for Diet Dr Pepper!

A great barbeque sauce needs a good base and by using Diet Dr Pepper, your base will still have a sweet flavor but with less calories. And because you’re using your own spices, you can adjust the amounts to increase (or decrease) the heat. A little sweet, a little spicy … this is the good stuff.

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* 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
* 1 large yellow onion, chopped
* 4 cloves garlic, chopped
* 1 15 oz can crushed tomatoes
* 3 tablespoons tomato paste
* One 12-ounce can Diet Dr Pepper
* 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
* 2 teaspoons chili powder
* 2 teaspoons cumin
* ½ teaspoon cinnamon
* 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
* 1 teaspoon fine-ground white pepper
* 1 teaspoon kosher salt


Start by melting your butter and then sautéing the onion and garlic in it. Once the onion is translucent, stir in all the remaining ingredients. You want to let it simmer for about 15-20 minutes or until your house smells amazing. Let the sauce cool a little, puree it with a blender and then refrigerate. When you’re ready to cook, slather it up on your favorite chicken, burgers or ribs!



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