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Dr Pepper Jalapeno BBQ Sauce

Dr Pepper Jalapeño BBQ Sauce is a great sauce for grilling. A sweet and tangy sauce with just a bit of heat from chopped jalapeños!

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Homemade bbq sauce is so simple to make with pantry ingredients. This sweet and spicy sauce is the perfect addition to everything from ribs, chicken, burgers and even shrimp. 

Dr Pepper Jalapeno BBQ Sauce

Ingredients for Dr Pepper Jalapeño BBQ Sauce:

  • Dr Pepper 
  • Ketchup
  • Brown Sugar
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Onion Flakes
  • Granulated Garlic
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Dry Mustard
  • Minced Pickled Jalapeños

Dr Pepper Jalapeno BBQ Sauce

How to Make Dr Pepper Jalapeño Sauce:

dr pepper in a saucepan

  • In a saucepan, add Dr Pepper and place over medium-high heat. Cook 10 minutes, until slightly reduced.

Ketchup, worcestershire sauce, spices in a pan with a spatula

  • Remove from heat, add ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, spices, salt and pepper. 
  • jalapeno bbq sauce in a pan Return to medium heat and whisk until brown sugar is dissolved. Bringing mixture to a boil.
  • Lower to simmer and continue to cook, whisking often for another 5 minutes.

adding minced jalapenos to bbq sauce in a pan

  • Remove from heat and add jalapeños. 

Jalapeno bbq sauce in a saucepan

  • Stir to combine. Cool slightly.

2 jars of barbecue sauce on a towel

  • Store sauce in covered jars in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.

Recipe Variations:

If you like a really spicy sauce, feel free to add more diced jalapeños. We like the flavor but not too much heat, so adjust to your own preferences. Of course if you aren’t a fan of jalapeños, just leave them out.

ribs on a grill

Dr Pepper Jalapeño BBQ Ribs were a huge hit and this sauce is also great for BBQ Burgers and our Cheddar Stuffed Meatloaf. Give it at try for your next meal on the grill. 

jar of bbq sauce with a spoon in it

More Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipes:

Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce is one of our go-to recipes for grilling. It’s the perfect balance of sweet with the tangy flavor of apple cider vinegar, lots of garlic and a black pepper kick. 

Orange BBQ Sauce has been described as needing a warning label because it’s so addicting. We could literally eat this stuff on everything!

Homemade BBQ Sauce is a classic Memphis style sauce with a ketchup and beer base. It’s sticky sweet with a delicious balance of spices. Great for grilling or dipping. 

Jar of barbecue sauce with a spoon on a blue towel

Add this Dr Pepper Jalapeño BBQ Sauce a try to your weekend grilling plans or just mix up a batch to have on hand. It will add tons of flavor to your favorite barbecue and grilled meats.




Dr Pepper Jalapeno BBQ Sauce in a jar
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4.75 from 4 votes

Dr Pepper Jalapeno BBQ Sauce

Dr Pepper Jalapeño BBQ Sauce is a great sauce for grilling. A sweet and tangy sauce with just about of heat from chopped jalapeños!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Sauces
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bbq sauce, DR Pepper bbq sauce, grilling sauce
Servings: 64
Calories: 23kcal
Author: Milisa


  • 12 ounces Dr Pepper
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons onion flakes
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • cup minced pickled jalapeños


  • Add Dr Pepper to a saucepan and cook over medium-high heat, bringing to a boil. Cook 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Stir in ketchup, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, onion flakes, granulated garlic, smoked paprika, salt, pepper and dry mustard.
  • Return to medium heat, whisking until brown sugar is dissolved. Bring mixture to a boil.
  • Reduce to simmer and cook another 5 minutes, whisking often.
  • Remove from heat, stir in jalapenos and cool slightly.
  • Store in mason jars with lids in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.


Brush over grilled meats or use as a dipping sauce.
Add more Jalapeños if you like a really spicy sauce or leave them out if you prefer.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 23kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Sodium: 116mg | Sugar: 5g


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    1. Hi Steven,
      The recipe card with full ingredients and instructions are at the bottom of the page. There is also a “jump to recipe” button at the very top that will take you right to the card.

      ~ Milisa

    1. Add the peppers after removing the sauce from the heat. I have updated the recipe card, thanks for letting me know that was missing.

      ~ Milisa