Dr Pepper Hot Wings

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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.

Dr Pepper Hot 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.

I store my leftover homemade sauces in squeeze bottles. If refrigerated, I set them out an hour before using so they come to room temperature. You don’t want to put cold sauce on hot wings!

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Check out my always-growing list of over 100 homemade wing recipes, including sauces and seasonings!

Dr Pepper Hot Wings
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Dr Pepper Hot Wings

These Dr Pepper hot wings are some mighty tasty wings.
Prep Time1 hour
Cook Time45 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Buffalo wings, cola, wings
Servings: 6
Calories: 704kcal


For the wings

  • 3-4 pounds chicken wings flats and drumettes separated, tips saved to make stock

For the sauce


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.


Calories: 704kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 175mg | Sodium: 525mg | Potassium: 1419mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 15352IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 6mg

Nutritional values are approximate and will not include any store-bought wing sauce or seasoning nutritional values.

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