Not long ago I made some wonderful BBQ sauce made with Dr. Pepper. That got me thinking about how I could use Dr. Pepper with my favorite thing, chicken wings. And here they are, in all of their glory. Slightly sweet, slightly spicy, and oh-so-sticky good. The Dr. Pepper flavor isn’t real strong, but it’s there. The balance is perfect. These Dr Pepper hot wings are some mighty tasty wings.
Make sure you reduce the sauce when you make these Dr Pepper hot wings. The cornstarch is optional, depending on how thick you like your sauce, but for me it wasn’t so optional. I like the sauce to stick to my wings. I don’t like a lake of sauce in the bottom of my plate while my wings are dry as a bone.
For the sauce (start cooking when you start the wings)
Whisk together the Dr Pepper, hot sauce and brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer and simmer, stirring often, for 30 minutes or until the sauce has reduced by half.
Combine the cornstarch with 1 tablespoon water and slowly whisk into the sauce.
Bring back to a simmer and stir for 2 minutes.
Remove from heat and let cool slightly before saucing your wings.
The first time I tasted Dr Pepper & Cream Soda I knew I was going to make a wing sauce with it. I mean that stuff is just flat-out fantastic, specially for a big Dr Pepper fan (me!). So I made the sauce. Happily. And boy, is this ever crazy good.
Classic Dr Pepper flavor, a little creamy sweetness, and just a slight kick of Buffalo sauce, this sauce is fantastic. Each flavor is different. Nothing is lost. You’ll get everything in every single bite. Could this be the perfect wing sauce?
I would not change a thing about these Dr Pepper & Cream Soda wings. The flavor is unique and delicious. I like my sauce a bit thick, but not gloppy thick, so I added a little cornstarch at the end to help thicken it up. You can leave it out if you want. After the sauce reduces take a spoon and dip it in the sauce to see if you want it thicker or not.
There’s nothing wrong with serving a bit extra of the sauce on the side for dipping the wings, along with Ranch and blue cheese dressing.