Grilled Pork Chops with Dr Pepper BBQ Sauce

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  • coarse ground black pepper
  • garlic powder
  • coarse ground sea salt
  • cayenne powder
  • olive oil
  • Dr Pepper BBQ Sauce
  1. Mix seasonings in a small bowl. Next pour about 2-3 TBS olive oil into a bowl. Get a large piece of plastic wrap or foil. You need enough to completely wrap up the chops. Lay out the plastic wrap or foil on the counter.
  2. Rub the seasoning mix into the chops. Next brush or rub the olive oil on the chops. You want enough for a light coating. Tightly wrap up the chops in the plastic wrap or foil. Allow to marinate for 30 minutes – 2 hours.
  3. Grill on both sides. I like to brush on BBQ sauce while it is cooking.

Dr Pepper Cake with Cherry Dr Pepper Frosting

Dr Pepper CakeMy recipe is based on a recipe I found on Pinterest, The recipe sounded great however I couldn’t use the recipe due to allergies. So I adapted the basic cake recipe from Cooking Light.

DR PEPPER CAKE

  • 3 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter or stick margarine, softened
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 2/3 cups Dr Pepper (the kind with real sugar is better)
  • 1/2 cup cherry fat-free yogurt
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Coat 1 9×10 cake pan with cooking spray.
  3. Spoon sifted flour into dry measuring cups. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda with a whisk.
  4.  Combine sugar, butter, and oil in a large bowl. Beat at medium speed of a mixer until well-blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. In another bowl combine Dr Pepper and yogurt.
  6. Alternately add flour mixture and Dr Pepper mixture to butter/sugar mix.
  7. Pour cake batter into prepared pans. Bake at 350° for 25 -30 minutes until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes on wire racks; remove from pans. Cool completely on wire racks.

FROSTING

  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 4 oz of cream cheese
  • Dr Pepper
  • Maraschino Cherry Juice
  • Dr Pepper Reduction
  • Powdered sugar (enough to stiffen frosting) start with 2 cups
  1. Start Dr Pepper reduction. Bring 2 cups Dr Pepper and 1 cup sugar to a boil and allow to simmer for 20-30 minutes.
  2. Cream butter and cream cheese.
  3. Gradually add powdered sugar, Dr Pepper (about 2 tbs or less), Dr Pepper Reduction (start with about 1 tbs) and cherry juice. Add enough powdered sugar to get the desired thickness.
  4. Frost cooled cake.
  5. Drizzle with remaining R-eduction.

Boycott Dr Pepper — Update

I left a comment on Dr Pepper/Snapple’s website about the way Dublin Bottle Works (Formerly Dublin Dr Pepper) was treated.  I received the following response:

January 16, 2012

Dear Mrs. XXX:

Thank you for contacting us about Dr Pepper Bottling Co. of Dublin, Texas.  We wanted to let you know that we have settled our legal issues with the Dublin bottler over the Dr Pepper trademark and distribution rights.  As part of the agreement, Dublin has sold us its sales and distribution operations, as well as the rights to distribute Dr Pepper and other DPS brands in its former territory.

Our former Dublin bottler is now doing business as Dublin Bottling Works Inc. They’re continuing to produce other soft drinks at their bottling facility, as well as operating their museum and Old Doc’s Soda Shop, offering tours and selling soft drinks, food and officially licensed Dr Pepper merchandise.

We want to assure you that you can still find Dr Pepper with cane sugar in Dublin and surrounding areas and at leading retail outlets in Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston and Waco and other areas where our bottlers make it available.  It’s the same product Dublin sold.  It will still be bottled and canned in distinct, nostalgic packaging.  The only difference is it will not reference Dublin on the label.

Dr Pepper is still a big part of Dublin. We will enthusiastically support the popular “Dr Pepper, Texas,” celebration as well as the related “10-2-4k” run held each June in Dublin. And if you’re in the area, we hope you’ll stop by the museum and Old Doc’s Soda Shop.

Thanks again for contacting us – and for being a fan of Dr Pepper.

Sincerely,

Consumer Relations

From the response I just don’t think the big corporate types get it. I’m upset because Goliath pushed the little guy out.  One of DPS complaints was that Dublin Dr Pepper used special packaging. Now DPS plans to use the same packaging. My pushing Dublin Bottling Works out of the Dr Pepper business DPS has forgotten its heritage.

Boycott Dr Pepper

Due to the recent actions of the Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) I believe that it is necessary to boycott their products. DPS has been in a feud with Dublin Dr Pepper Bottlers (now Dublin Bottling Works).

In a nut shell it is a case of the big guy taking on/out a small family run business. Dublin Bottling Works is/was the original bottler of Dr Pepper. In the end DPS bought the rights and name Dublin Dr Pepper. It will now be bottled at the Temple Dr Pepper plant. It is just not the same.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group Brands

  • 7-UP
  • A&W
  • Cactus Cooler
  • Canada Dry
  • Clamato
  • Coco Casa
  • Country Time
  • Crush
  • Deja Blue
  • Diet Rite
  • Dr Pepper
  • Elements
  • Hawaiian Punch
  • Hires
  • Holland House
  • IBC
  • Margaritaville
  • Mistic
  • Mott’s
  • Mr & Mrs T
  • Nantucket Nectars
  • Nehi
  • Orangina
  • Peñafie
  • lRC Cola
  • ReaLemon
  • Rose’s
  • Schweppes
  • Snapple
  • Squirt
  • Stewart’s
  • Sun Drop
  • Sunkist
  • Tahitian Treat
  • Venom Energy
  • Vernors
  • Welch’s
  • Yoo-hoo

Oh Good Grief!

The Dr Pepper/Snapple Group is suing Dublin Dr Pepper for violating the terms of it license agreement. The Dr Pepper group claims that is it unfair for Dublin Dr Pepper to distribute their product outside its 6 county assigned area (due to internet sells) or use different packaging than other Dr Pepper bottlers. Further Dr Pepper Group claims this move is to protect a product’s  reputation that all of its bottlers have worked to build.

Personally I find this entire thing absurd and that the powers that be at the Dr Pepper group need a little history lesson. Dublin Dr Pepper deserves special treatment.

What is so special about Dr Pepper from Dublin, Texas? Well, the Dublin Dr Pepper Bottling Company has been bottling the sweet elixir since 1891. It is the original and oldest Dr Pepper bottling plant. They still use Imperial Pure Cane Sugar and not corn syrup. It tastes better than the other stuff. Read More

Dublin Dr Pepper Bottle
Dublin Dr Pepper Bottle commemorating the Hamilton High School Lady Bulldogs title as 1998 2A State Basketball Champs

The Dublin Dr Pepper plant is the oldest Dr Pepper bottling plant. They have earned the right to use the original recipe, besides they still use the original equipment. Using throwback packaging from different eras is one of the things that makes them special.The old style glass bottles used by the Dublin bottler is one of the items that attracts Dr Pepper enthusiasts. I still have one of the bottles from 1998 in honor of the Hamilton High School (my alma mater) Lady Bulldogs winning the State 2A Basketball champs.

Instead of suing the little plant in Erath County Texas the Dr Pepper Snapple Group should celebrate that the plant which opened 1891 is still go strong.

Flashback: Top 10: Ways to Know You Are in Texas

Originally posted 29 January 2009

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#10: The weather forecaster is describing the day as breezy and the wind speeds are over 50 mph. It isn’t windy yet because the trees aren’t touching the ground.

#9: Complete strangers wave at you. This is especially true in small towns.

#8: When driving in west Texas that strange smell is oil and it is the smell of money.

#7: If you are in a small town during the fall the entire town closes down for the high school football game.

#6: Barbecue is beef usually brisket and possibly sausage served hot.  The good places smoke the meat using mesquite wood.  Also, there may be only one choice of sauce and it is served warm.

#5: People know the difference between queso and cheese sauce.

#4: In a restaurant the server doesn’t act like it is strange to ask for salsa with just about anything not just Mexican food. When ordering eggs servers usually ask if you want salsa.

#3: Even though you are driving at least 75 mph other cars are passing you in the slow lane.  This is especially true in Houston.

#2: Within a two minute period you see two different Bubba’s in trucks towing another truck .

#1: It is possible to get Dr Pepper at just about every restaurant even if it serves Coke products. Further you are not offered the other stuff in lieu of Dr Pepper. Most people know that Dr Pepper is not a Pepsi product.