Beef Brisket with Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce

Beef Brisket with Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce

The perfect dinner recipe for your next BBQ or party!


Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 3 hrs 30 mins
Total Time: 3 hrs 45 mins
Yields: 12 servings


  • 1 beef brisket 7 to 9 lbs
  • 16.9 oz Dr Pepper 1 bottle
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp pepper

Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves diced
  • 16.9 oz Dr Pepper 1 bottle
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp mustard
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt


  1. Trim most of the fat off the brisket, leaving about 1/4" to keep the brisket juicy. Season with salt and pepper on both sides OR use your favorite rub.
  2. Cut the brisket in half for easier handling.
  3. Grill the brisket over high heat for 4 to 5 minutes on each side until nicely charred.
  4. Remove brisket from heat.
  5. Place each half of the brisket in a foil pan. The foil pan should be nice and deep to allow for airflow.
  6. Pour half of the bottle of Dr.Pepper into each pan. Cover with foil.
  7. Grill over low heat (about 225F) for 2.5 to 3.5 hours (depending on the size of the brisket) or until the brisket is very tender. Don't worry so much about direct and indirect heat - the pan helps with that. Tip: a small fork should twist easily in the brisket when done.

Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce

  1. Sauté onion in olive oil and butter in a medium, heavy bottomed saucepan until soft and translucent.
  2. Add garlic and sauté for an additional minute.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and stir until combined.
  4. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat and continue simmering for 30 to 45 minutes or until desired consistency is reached.
  5. Store in refrigerate until ready to use.
  6. The sauce can be made up to 2 days in advance.
  7. Serve sauce on top of or alongside of brisket.

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