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Apple Barbecue Sauce

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A little bit sweet, a little bit tangy, with just the right amount of spice! This Apple Barbecue Sauce was just the ticket for a sunny afternoon and pulled pork in the smoker!



Since this was going to be a compliment to the smoked pulled pork, I wanted to create a new sauce that wouldn’t overpower everything, but yet still had a very nice flavor on it’s own, so I started with a bottle of apple juice. Apples go with almost everything summer, and especially anything pork or chicken! It turned out so well, that I’ll be making this throughout the entire season! This will be fantastic on grilled pork chops and tenderloins, chicken, heck, even burgers!

Minimal pantry ingredients come together quickly and easily, and I only simmered it for about 20 minutes!



Once it cools down, just pour it into a jar, pop a lid on it, and store it in the fridge! I cooked it down until it was a little bit thick, about the same consistency of, say, Sweet Baby Ray’s for example.  But you can cook it less for a thinner sauce if you prefer.

You can adjust this to your own personal taste and use this as a guide, but we thought that the balance of sweet and tangy was spot on.

So if in need of a simple barbecue sauce that won’t steal the show from the main star, this Apple Barbecue Sauce is for you! Light, but flavorful. Like a sweet, summer kiss on the cheek! Hope you enjoy and happy grilling!!


*Pop back by to see all of the recipes I created using this Apple Barbecue Sauce
in combination with a new Smoked Pulled Pork recipe coming soon!




Apple Barbecue Sauce
Yield: about 3 cups

Apple Barbecue Sauce


  • 1 Tbl. butter
  • 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves finely minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup apple juice (1 - 8 oz. bottle)
  • 1/4 cup light beer
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 Tbl. worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbl. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. spicy brown mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp. coarse ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. cajun seasoning


  • In a small to medium saucepan on stovetop or grill, add butter and onions and sauté until soft. Add garlic and sauté one more minute.
  • Add rest of ingredients, stir to mix, and cook over medium-low heat until simmering, stirring frequently, for about 15 - 20 minutes (once it starts to simmer). Reduce temp to Low (or move to a cool side of the grill) towards the end as it gets thicker. *Time depends on how thick you like your sauce.
  • Remove from heat, cool, then pour into blender and blend until smooth.
  • Pour into a jar, lid, and store in the fridge until needed.


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    Stephanie Raffaele

    Wednesday 15th of November 2017

    Butter and Apple in a BBQ sauce, be still my beating heart :) Definitely saving this for a few weeks as our apple trees are heaving with fruit this year.

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