Monday, July 27, 2009

Krazy in the Kitchen: Cooking with Dr. Pepper!

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How many cases of Dr. Pepper have you bought this week? You only have one more day to get cheap Dr. Pepper. Read how here and here!

CAFE RIO PORK BARBACOA

5-6 lb. pork roast
21 oz. Dr. Pepper (or Coke, do NOT use diet soda)
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
1 clove garlic, minced
7 oz. can chipotle chilies in adobo sauce
6-ish oz. red taco sauce (I used hot)
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Place roast in crock-pot, cover half-way with water and cook on low for 12 hours. (I started my Pork Adventure at midnight and everything worked out perfectly for Sunday dinner at 6:00 pm.) After 12 hours, drain pork (retain liquid if you want sauce for burritos, simply mix with a can of verde enchilada sauce and away you go).
Mix remaining ingredients until sugar dissolves. I didn’t keep the actual chilies, I dumped the can into a bowl and added enough Dr. Pepper to get all the sauce off of the chilies, then I tossed them. I also rinsed out the can with Dr. Pepper for more adobo goodness. My version had a fairly good kick to it, but if you LOVE hotness, then blend everything + 2 or 3 chilies in the blender. (Also, the adobo sauce tends to stain plastic, using a glass or metal mixing bowl will make your clean-up of adobo sauce considerably less frustrating).
Thank you Heidikins Cooks! For step by step instructions go see and her tomatillo dressing visit her site!


DR. PEPPER RIBS

For the rub:
1/4 cup of salt
1/4 cup of black pepper
1/4 cup of brown sugar
4 teaspoons of mustard powder
1/2 teaspoon of cayenne
2 teaspoons of anjo chili powder
1/2 teaspoon of allspice

For the glaze:
2 cups of Dr Pepper
1 cup of ketchup
1/2 cup of mustard
1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons of molasses
4 teaspoons of smoked paperika

Two racks of St Louis ribs
1/4 cup of Dr Pepper

Coat the ribs with the rub, wrap in plastic and place in the refrigerator for at least four hours.

Heat the oven to 300 degrees and bring the ribs to room temperature.

In a foil-lined large baking or roasting pan, arrange the ribs with the meat side up, pour in 1/4 cup of Dr Pepper, cover pan tightly with foil and place in the oven.

Meanwhile, place all the glaze ingredients in a pan, bring to a boil and then simmer for 20 minutes until thick and syrupy.

After an hour and a half, take the ribs out of the oven and spread some of the glaze on each side of the racks. Place back in the oven, meat side up and cook uncovered for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, take out the ribs and spread more glaze over them and cook for 30 more minutes or until ribs are desired tenderness.

At this point, take the ribs out of the oven, spread more glaze on them and then cook each side under the broiler for four minutes.

CHOCOLATE CHERRY DR. PEPPER CUPCAKES

2 ¼ cups of Dr. Pepper
2 cups of sugar
2½ cups of cake flour
2 eggs
4 ounces of unsweetened chocolate
½ cup of diced maraschino cherries
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup of unsalted butter (2 sticks)
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoons of vanilla
¼ cup sour cream Preheat oven to 325º. In a medium size sauce pan bring Dr. Pepper & cherry syrup to a boil. Place chocolate and butter into a bowl and pour hot Dr. Pepper over, cover and let sit for 10 minutes. Whisk mixture till smooth. Stir in sugar, salt, baking soda, baking powder, vanilla, and sour cream. Add flour in 2 parts alternating with the eggs and whisk till smooth. The mixture will be runny. Fill cupcakes cups and bake approximately 15-20 minutes or until skewer comes out clean
Thanks to PrissyCook for both above recipes. Go get her recipe for the swiss meringue buttercream frosting with Kirsch.

DR. PEPPER PEANUT BRITTLE

Ingredients:
1 1/4 cups of sugar
3/4 cups of butter (1 1/2 sticks)
1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
1/2 teaspoon of cayenne
1/4 cup of Dr Pepper
2 cups roasted and salted peanuts, shelled
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

Method:
1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Combine all the ingredients except for the baking soda in a pot, cook on medium heat and bring to a boil stirring often.
3. When the temperature reaches 290 degrees, remove from heat and stir in soda. Mixture will foam up and double in size.
4. Spread mixture thin on baking sheet using a silicone spatula.
5. When mixture cools and hardens (about half an hour), break into pieces and serve.
Makes 1 1/2 pounds or enough to feed you and a couple of other people
Thanks to theHomesickTexan!

5 comments:

Real Hungry Housewife of the OC said...

I love your website, but these recipes are FILLED with sugar.....and soda.....probably would not serve to my family,,,,,

GingerS said...

Well, soda isn't healthy to begin with. But, you have to kind of figure that if you now have enough Dr. Pepper stocked up that you're exploring creative uses, you're probably not terribly concerned about that.

It's all a matter of balance. I'll definitely be using that rib recipe as a starting point to create something all my own, based on what I have in my home (as far as seasonings and stuff). Thanks for the ideas!

GingerS said...

Oh, another recipe, do a google search for 'deep fried coca cola.' You could of course turn it into deep fried Dr. Pepper.

The Barkers said...

Not all the recipes they post are loaded with sugar. I think it is a fun idea to post cooking with Dr.Pepper! I know plenty healthy people who eat a little sugar and soda now and again! I don't think you can find a "healthy" recipe that contains Dr.Pepper! Ha ha! I agree,if you have enough dr.pepper to spare some in a meal you probably aren't terribly concerned about some sugar! I normally cook pretty healthy. I am excited to try something on the darker side:) thanks ladies

Kelley said...

THANK YOU so much for these recipies!