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Recipe Discussions => Rubs and Sauces => Topic started by: Uncle Pigfat on August 12, 2010, 03:16:46 pm

Title: Dr. Pepperque Sauce
Post by: Uncle Pigfat on August 12, 2010, 03:16:46 pm
This sauce is pretty thick, especially when the onion gets blended at the end so pay close attention to your simmer if you like sauce to be a little thinner.  

* 4 tablespoons butter - salted or unsalted doesn't make a noticeable difference
* 1 medium to small white onion - chopped
* 3 cloves garlic - chopped
* 1 can Dr. Pepper (12 oz)
* 1 cup ketchup
* 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
* 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
* 1/3 cup Worcestershire Sauce
* 4 tablespoons tomato paste
* 1 tablespoon honey
* 2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder
* 1 teaspoon white pepper
* 1 teaspoon kosher salt
* 1 teaspoon ground mustard
* 1/2 teaspoon cumin
* Black pepper to taste - I imagine I put no less than a teaspoon in.

Melt butter in a deep sauce pan.
Saute onions and garlic in butter until transparent and floppy.
Add all other ingredients and bring to a boil over medium/high heat stirring often.
Reduce heat to medium low and simmer continue to stir often - takes about a half hour or so - until *nearly* desired thickness.  
Take off heat and let cool.  
Take an immersion blender to the sauce to smooth out the onions and garlic or give it a ride in a food processor.  *The onion pulp will thicken the sauce substantially so make sure you don't thicken it on the heat for too long, especially if you like a thinner sauce.*

Title: Re: Dr. Pepperque Sauce - still in development but almost there
Post by: TestRocket on August 12, 2010, 04:04:24 pm
Uncle,

It brings back memories from almost 20 years ago to see your recipe. Mine was very close to yours and as the years have passed and the days became shorter, I’m guilty of taking the easy route. I still use Dr. Pepper in one of my sauces and don’t tell that to everyone (till now). What about honey?
Title: Re: Dr. Pepperque Sauce - still in development but almost there
Post by: Uncle Pigfat on August 12, 2010, 04:50:11 pm
Honey might be a good choice, considering how tangy as opposed to sweet this sauce is.  Maybe some dry mustard.  I'll be doing some tinkering this weekend.
Title: Re: Dr. Pepperque Sauce - still in development but almost there
Post by: TestRocket on August 12, 2010, 05:02:01 pm
I like the way you think! Tweak it and let me (us) know.

One more idea for a new flavor to try: Zaxby’s sweet and spicy sauce. It’s good and has just a little kick!
Title: Re: Dr. Pepperque Sauce - still in development but almost there
Post by: classicrockgriller on August 12, 2010, 05:20:45 pm
In case this helps .... the Factory version of DR Pepper "Sweet&Kickin" BBQ Sauce

uses distilled white vinegar, and also uses molasses.
Title: Re: Dr. Pepperque Sauce - still in development but almost there
Post by: hal4uk on August 12, 2010, 05:36:56 pm
In case this helps .... the Factory version of DR Pepper "Sweet&Kickin" BBQ Sauce

uses distilled white vinegar, and also uses molasses.
I like molasses better than honey in bbq sauce...
When I'm tinkering, I use honey, but more and more I seem to just use (fancy - not blackstrap) molasses and brown sugar.
Title: Re: Dr. Pepperque Sauce - still in development but almost there
Post by: Uncle Pigfat on August 12, 2010, 09:20:30 pm
The thing with molasses that I wouldn't want more of in the sauce is the kind of anise-y licoricey flavor that the sauce already kind of gets from the Dr. P.  I'm afraid it would make it almost taste like jerk sauce(which isn't a bad thing, but not what I'm going for.)  Granted, all I've used is blackstrap so I imagine the lighter stuff would be sweeter and better for my purposes.  The sauce is probably fine on it's own and I'm just over thinking it.  Everyone that has tasted it has really liked it.  I think a tablespoon of honey and a teaspoon of ground mustard will be added and that's about as far as I'll go.  If it doesn't work, so be it.

I'm really liking the cider vinegar in the sauces I make.  Distilled is pretty potent and I seem to have a hard time boiling it off enough so it's not overpowering the sauce.  I'll probably go distilled when I make a Stubb's original clone.
Title: Re: Dr. Pepperque Sauce - still in development but almost there
Post by: Uncle Pigfat on August 15, 2010, 08:48:13 pm
The sauce I made this weekend was really good.  I added a tablespoon of honey and a teaspoon of ground mustard like I said I would and I also cut back the onions a little more.  Pretty awesome.  This is my go-to sauce from here on out.
Title: Re: Dr. Pepperque Sauce - still in development but almost there
Post by: TestRocket on September 08, 2010, 03:58:24 pm
Would you please adjust the original recipe to include the 8/15 changes along with about how much pepper you used. I would love to print this out and give it a try real soon.

Sorry I didn’t see this before today!

Thanks!
Title: Re: Dr. Pepperque Sauce - still in development but almost there
Post by: Uncle Pigfat on September 09, 2010, 09:23:10 pm
The recipe is complete now.  I had it updated as far as the mustard and honey go but I just kind of eyeball the black pepper.  I just shake until I feel like I've shook enough.  It could probably even stand to to have more mustard but that recipe right there is darn tasty.
Title: Re: Dr. Pepperque Sauce - still in development but almost there
Post by: La Quinta on September 09, 2010, 09:32:40 pm
Uncle Pigfat...(first let me say that I love your "handle") Very funny...anyhoo...I notice you use chipotle chilli powder...would chipotles in adobo sauce and regular chilli powder work as well? I like the adobo heat....
Title: Re: Dr. Pepperque Sauce - still in development but almost there
Post by: Caneyscud on September 10, 2010, 06:41:06 am
LQ arises.  Welcome back! 
Title: Re: Dr. Pepperque Sauce - still in development but almost there
Post by: Uncle Pigfat on September 11, 2010, 06:03:45 am
Uncle Pigfat...(first let me say that I love your "handle") Very funny...anyhoo...I notice you use chipotle chilli powder...would chipotles in adobo sauce and regular chilli powder work as well? I like the adobo heat....

I don't see why not.  The only set back I think would be some extra thickness from using the actual peppers when you hit it with the blender.  The sauce gets pretty thick already but it sounds like something worth trying out.  I've used just regular chili powder instead of the chipotle powder and it was still good.  If you try it I'm very interested in how it turns out.
Title: Re: Dr. Pepperque Sauce
Post by: Quarlow on September 11, 2010, 08:00:17 am
Hey Uncy P, can you post the recipe in the finished form? I want to save it in a notepad and try it out.
Title: Re: Dr. Pepperque Sauce
Post by: La Quinta on September 11, 2010, 11:53:14 pm
Hey Scudman...I like the look of this recipe from the Pigfat guy!!! I'm gonna try it!!!  :)
Title: Re: Dr. Pepperque Sauce
Post by: Uncle Pigfat on September 12, 2010, 08:18:56 am
Hey Uncy P, can you post the recipe in the finished form? I want to save it in a notepad and try it out.

I'm assuming this means the recipe site?  Forgive my ignorance.
Title: Re: Dr. Pepperque Sauce
Post by: Quarlow on September 12, 2010, 10:55:21 am
No I don't have any power for the recipe site. I just keep them in my notepad on the computer so when I want them I can find them fast. When I get a bunch I move them to a memory stick for safe keeping.
Title: Re: Dr. Pepperque Sauce
Post by: Uncle Pigfat on September 12, 2010, 11:02:23 am
gotcha.  I saw "post in the finished forum," when I read it the first time.  I guess I need to pay more attention.  The recipe that is up is the finished recipe.
Title: Re: Dr. Pepperque Sauce
Post by: Quarlow on September 12, 2010, 11:08:49 am
Ok I thought you said you made a couple of changes after that. If you submit that recipe to Oldman he may publish it on the recipe site. Give him or Habanero Smoker a pm and ask them about it. Or you maybe able to submit it right on the site and then get it reviewed. I don't really no how it works but it sounds like a good one for the site.