Dr. Pepper Chicken

This Dr. Pepper Chicken recipe is perfect for cooking on a charcoal grill at a tailgate.

This Dr. Pepper Chicken recipe is a unique take on the traditional beer can chicken, complete with a sweet and savory sauce made with the soda.

Place the chicken cavity over the can of soda, using a beer can chicken holder.

I’ve partnered with Kingsford & Dr Pepper to create a grill gating recipe that’s perfect for the college football season.

Look at that beautiful and crispy skin!

Dr. Pepper Chicken

Recipe by Jason Hill – CookingSessions.com
Today I'm sharing a really great BBQ recipe for the college football season called Dr. Pepper Chicken with Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 1 whole chicken
  • 2 cans tomato paste 5.5 oz. each
  • 1 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 cup soft light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 3 cans Dr. Pepper

Dry Rub

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon granulated onion
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon salt


Make Glaze

  • Turn on burner to medium low. Add stock pot. Add 2 sticks butter. Melt down. Stir in 2 diced white onions. Add 1 Tb. Garlic-shallot puree, or 4 cloves garlic. Let onions cook until soft. Add 4 tsp. Chili powder and mix to combine. Cook down for a couple minutes. Stir in 12 oz. Tomato paste, 2 tsp. White pepper and kosher salt, 1 cup red wine vinegar, 2/3 cup Worcestershire sauce, 1 cup light brown sugar and 2 cans of Dr. Pepper.  Turn up heat, leave uncovered until it reduces, about 45 minutes or so. Blend with an immersion blender to make into a smooth consistency. Taste for seasoning. Set a small amount of sauce aside to use as a barbecue sauce once the chicken is done.

Cook Chicken

  • While sauce is reducing, prep the chicken. Coat with a little olive oil. Season with your favorite dry rub, and coat well. You can put some dry rub underneath the skin as well.
  • Start up your charcoal or gas grill.  Open a can of Dr. Pepper and place on your beer can chicken stand. Top with the seasoned chicken.
  • After cooking about 30 minutes, glaze the chicken with the Dr. Pepper Sauce. Glaze occasionally until chicken is done about 1 hour and 40 minutes. Serve with additional Dr. Pepper Sauce, if desired.
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This video has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. You can pick up the Kingsford & Dr Pepper, and most of these ingredients at Walmart.

AboutJason Hill

Hi, I’m Jason Hill, host of YouTube’s “Chef Tips” series. I graduated from culinary school in 1998, and gained my experience working the lines in Southern California. I launched my cooking videos in 2007. I love sharing quick and easy recipes that get people back in the kitchen.

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