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dr pepper barbecue sauce (for grilled hot dogs)

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Vickie Parks
Renton, WA

Summer isn't complete without a few hot dog recipes. And the more flavorful the sauce, then all the better! And this is a wonderfully sweet and tangy barbecue sauce that's packed with a lot of flavor. Brush a generous amount of sauce on beef or pork franks during the last 2 to 3 minutes of grilling, and then spoon a little extra on top (as a condiment) when serving. And it's even better if the buns are buttered and lightly toasted -- on the grill, of course. But this BBQ sauce is pretty versatile and is really good on ribs, chicken, pork chops and pulled pork sandwiches, too.

(1 rating)
yield serving(s)
prep time 15 Min
cook time 40 Min
method Grill

Ingredients For dr pepper barbecue sauce (for grilled hot dogs)

  • 1 md
    yellow onion, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 4 Tbsp
    unsalted butter
  • 2 clove
    fresh garlic, finely minced
  • 1 (12-oz) can
    dr pepper soda
  • 1 cup
  • 1/2 cup
    brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup
    apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup
    worcerstershire sauce
  • 3 Tbsp
    tomato paste
  • 2 tsp
    ancho chili powder
  • 1 tsp
    white pepper
  • 1 tsp
    salt (kosher salt recommended)
  • 8
    hot dogs (beef or pork)
  • 8
    hot dog buns, lightly buttered and toasted

How To Make dr pepper barbecue sauce (for grilled hot dogs)

  • 1
    In a food processor, blend the onion until very finely chopped.
  • 2
    Add chopped onion to a medium saucepan, add butter, and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more.
  • 3
    Add all remaining sauce ingredients to saucepan over medium heat, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes or until heated through. Reduce heat to low, cover saucepan with lid, and let the sauce simmer for 15 minutes.
  • 4
    Remove lid, and cook for 15 to 20 minutes longer with lid off, so sauce thickens. Remove pan from heat and let sauce cool completely. Once cooled, use an emersion blender (or place sauce in a standard blender) to blend the sauce for a few seconds to help it thicken. Then transfer sauce to an air-tight container and keep in refrigerator until ready to use. (It should keep in the refrigerator for several months if kept covered, so you can use leftovers for other BBQ picnics.)
  • 5
    HOW TO USE THE SAUCE: Brush a generous amount of sauce on hot dogs during the last 2 to 3 minutes of grilling time. When serving the grilled hot dogs, pass the extra sauce so you can spoon a little more sauce onto the grilled hot dogs after they're nestled inside buttered, toasted buns.