Pork Tenderloin with Dr. Pepper Barbecue Sauce

"Dr Pepper coned to the rescue" by Elizabeth Karmel, AP. There is a long tradition of cooking with soft drinks on the competition barbecue circuit, and some "legends" credit it as the secret to their success. Dr Pepper offers more complexity and deeper flavor then cola. Leftover sauce is great for pulled pork sandwiches, chicken, shrimp, hot dogs, barbecue pizza, burgers or baked beans. Recipe published in the Winston-Salem Journal: December 21, 2011.

Yield: 6 servings
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  • For the sauce:
  • 4 tablespoon(s) butter
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 clove(s) garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup(s) ketchup
  • 3 tablespoon(s) tomato paste
  • 1 12-ounce can(s) Dr Pepper soda (about 1 3/4 cups)
  • 1/2 cup(s) cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup(s) Worchestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup(s) packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon(s) ground ancho chili powder or New Mexican chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon(s) white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon(s) kosher salt
  • For the tenderloins:
  • 2 pork tenderloins (1 1/3 pounds each)
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper or your favorite barbecue rub


  1. 1. In a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until translucent, about 10 minutes. Add the remaining sauce ingredients and simmer for about 15 minutes. Continue cooking until the sauce begins to thicken, about an additional 20 to 30 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings with salt and pepper.
  2. 2. Let the sauce cool for about 10 minutes, or until it is warm but no longer hot. Using an immersion of traditional blender, puree the sauce. Let cool and, if not using immediately, pour into a clean glass jar. The sauce can be made in advance and refrigerated for 2 weeks.
  3. 3. To grill the pork, heat the grill to medium.
  4. 4. Wrap the tenderloins in paper towels to remove any surface moisture. This will help to get great grill marks. Brush the dry meat with olive oil, then season with salt and pepper. Place the meat directly over the heat to sear. Grill for 2 to 3 minutes, turning once or twice, or until good grill marks appear.
  5. 5. Switch to medium indirect heat and move the meat to the center of the cooking grate and cook for 30 to 35 minutes total, turning once during cooking and brushing with the barbecue sauce every 5 to 7 minutes until the tenderloins are done and the sauce has created a glaze. Using a meat thermometer, make sure the tenderloins read 145 degrees at the thickest part.
  6. 6. Remove the tenderloins from the grill, allow them to rest for 5 to 10 minutes, then slice on the bias.
December 2011

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