Thursday, February 17, 2011

Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with Dr. Pepper Barbecue Sauce

I love to make my own BBQ sauce. You can make it sweet, tangy, spicy, whatever. Most importantly, you KNOW what's in there.

I've made several different kinds of barbecue sauces. All sorts of ways.

This one is a bit different.

It's made with Dr. Pepper.

Soad isn't healthy. I know this. This is why I stopped drinking it. Yup. Cold turkey. Stopped. I don't let my kids drink it either, unless they are at a party or something.

Dr. Pepper USED to be one of my favorites.

But when I saw this recipe, it looked so intriguing, I just HAD to try it. So forgive me, but I used Dr. Pepper in this. Get over it and try it, it's really good. It was quite sweet but that's okay. Go easier on the honey if you want.

You don' taste Dr. Pepper. If I didn't tell you that there was Dr. Pepper in this, you wouldn't know. Seriously. That's what I thought was so intriguing about it!

I've seen a recipe with barbecue sauce made with rootbeer too! Shhh. Don't tell the Dr. Pepper.

We ate this meal on Arnold Select Sandwich Thins for dinner. We also had some delicious roasted cauliflower. The next couple of days, I ate it on tortillas like a wrap or over mashed potatoes for a gluten free meal. Very tasty!

Dr. Pepper Barbecue Sauce Recipe
Adapted from Simply Recipes

1 cups minced onion
1 tbsp. oil
3 cups Dr. Pepper (I used diet)
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 cup orange juice
1 cup honey
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
Salt to taste

Heat the oil in pan. Add onions and saute for 5 - 6 minutes.  Add the remaining ingredients and stir well.  Simmer for 30 minutes.

Pour the sauce carefully into a blender and puree until smooth.  It's best to work in batches and don't fill the blender more than 1/3 full. 

Put the sauce into pan and simmer, uncovered for 1 - 2 hours.  Stirring occasionally. Yield 4 1/2 cups.

Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

Boneless chicken breasts (I had 2 - 20 oz. packages)

Cook chicken until done and shred.  Add BBQ sauce and mix together. I used 2 1/2 cups of this BBQ sauce and I froze the other 2 cups of sauce.
2 Chicken Sandwiches + Roasted Cauliflower  = Very Tasty Meal!

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  1. Delicious! And a woman who makes her own bbq sauce is fabulous.

    This chicken pulled pork does look quite tasty. A good family meal, that the kids enjoy too.


  2. It looks and sounds delicious, made from scratch BBQ sauce is always a treat but we can't get Dr Pepper over here in France!

  3. This looks incredibly tasty! Interesting that it uses Dr. Pepper. I make a chocolate Coca-Cola cake that you'd never know had Coke in it.

  4. Lovely recipe; I have been wanting to try this kind of sandwich; you really make it look great.

  5. Yum...I love bbq husband, not so much! I am the same with pop in my house...(and I picked up on the fact you also call it pop, which means geographically, we are from the same area of the country! haha) but it is good to use in bbq sauces and the occasional WW cake with diet soda recipes!

  6. My son loves Dr. Pepper. I'm going to try this one! Looks great!

  7. Hi Debbi,
    I should never look at your food when it is close to meal time. This sandwich looks so good, I really wish I had it right now. Thank you so much for bringing it to Full Plate Thursday and please come back!

  8. Dr. Pepper in BBQ sauce??? That's crazy. I think I'll give it a go when we get back out grilling. Thanks for sharing this recipe!!!

  9. Funny, I just made root beer bbq sauce the other day. It was good, but I in my mind I was wondering if Dr. Pepper would be better. Thanks for trying it out for me!! Looks and sounds delicious!!

  10. Debbi - just wanted to stop by quickly and thank you for your continued support this week - it means a lot!! And I love diet dr. Pepper - I have one a week!

  11. I love making things with Dr. Pepper. They always turn out so fantastic! Can't wait to try to this! I am a new follower and would for you to follow me back at The Farm Girl Recipes. Thanks!

  12. I am totally bookmarking this! My Hubby keeps saying he wants to try to make BBQ sauce. Plus, my little gluten-free boy can have this. YAY! Thanks for sharing!

  13. This sauce sounds wonderful! I'll be trying it soon. I love using the sandwich thins too.

  14. My mom and uncle would love this recipe. They are huge Dr. Pepper fans!