Texas Living

Cooking with Dr Pepper

By Callie Leahy 2.14.13

For more than 100 years, Waco, Texas native, Dr Pepper, has generated a cult following across the nation.

The delicious soda is not only a refreshing beverage for a hot summer’s day, but a quintessential ingredient in cooking some of your favorite recipes.

Chris Barnes, Director of Corporate Communications at Dr Pepper Snapple Group says “The 23 flavors in Dr Pepper lend themselves to a wide range of possibilities in the kitchen or on the grill. Dr Pepper has a long proud history as an ingredient in a variety of foods from cakes and other baked treats in desserts to marinades and sauces for meats and poultry.”

Here are a few flavored-packed, Texas-sized, show-stopping recipes with Dr Pepper as the headlining ingredient.


It doesn’t get more Texan than Dr Pepper Peanut Pralines! This delectable recipe combines sugar, Dr Pepper, and peanuts for a sweet candy treat with an irresistibly unique flavor.

Cherry Salad

This Dr Pepper Cherry Salad is far from your typical greens and croutons. The sweet mix of 23 mystery fruit flavors and the tangy taste of black cherries create a succulent fruit salad, perfect for any occasion.

Baked Beans

The secret ingredient in these baked beans? Dr Pepper of course! Try these Dr Pepper Baked Beans at your next Texas-style barbecue.

Marinated Tenderloin

Homemade marinades are about as serious to Texans as football! This Dr Pepper Marinated Tenderloin is a surefire way to kick up some dust on your competition.


Did you know that Dr Pepper can be used as a flavoring for cakes and other baked goods? Just try this Dr Pepper Cupcake Recipe with homemade Dr Pepper frosting if you don’t believe me!

Chicken Wings

Looking for a fun appetizer for your next party? This Dr Pepper Chicken Wing recipe is a guaranteed crowd favorite. Serve with a side of fresh Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce for dipping!

For more great recipes, check out our tips for Texas Living.