Homemade Apricot BBQ Sauce

If you’re looking to take your BBQ game to the next level, it’s time to start making your own rubs and sauces. While there are plenty of great options available at the store, creating a homemade BBQ sauce allows you to control the ingredients and customize the flavor to your liking.

Introducing an irresistible recipe for apricot barbecue sauce that combines the perfect balance of sweetness, smokiness, and medium heat. This versatile sauce is a great addition to chicken wings, pork ribs, smoked ham, and more!

The Allure of Homemade BBQ Sauce

Creating your own BBQ sauce not only allows for the freedom to experiment with flavors but also ensures that you know exactly what goes into it. By using apricot preserves as the base, you can reduce the amount of processed sugars while still achieving that tangy flavor profile.

Imagine the mouthwatering aroma of smoky apricot sauce glazing over a double smoked ham on the Big Green Egg. This homemade sauce is about to become a staple in your recipe collection.

“School” Supplies for Making Apricot BBQ Sauce

  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Medium Saucepan
  • Whisk
  • Jar (for storing)

Here’s everything you need to know to make this delicious apricot BBQ sauce.

Homemade Apricot BBQ Sauce Ingredients

  • Apricot Jam: Opt for a jar of apricot jam or preserves without added sugar to control the sweetness level. Regular jams work too if you prefer a sweeter BBQ sauce.
  • Ketchup: Use a lower sugar ketchup for this recipe, or tomato paste or sauce can work as substitutes. You may need to add water to thin out concentrated tomato paste.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Provides acidity and that classic tang found in traditional BBQ sauce.
  • Brown Sugar: The molasses in brown sugar complements the sauce perfectly, but you can substitute with maple syrup for a different flavor. For a lower carb option, try Sukrin Gold or a keto simple syrup recipe.
  • Honey: Adds a beautiful shiny, glossy color to the sauce.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: Contributes a savory umami base.
  • BBQ Spice Blend: Create a delightful combination of garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and smoked paprika. Skip the liquid smoke, as most BBQ enthusiasts prefer not to use it.
  • Salt & Black Pepper
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Can You Use Fresh Apricots?

Using fresh apricots in this recipe can be tempting if you have an abundance of them. However, it will add complexity and make the process a little longer. For simplicity, it is recommended to avoid using fresh fruit alone.

Instead, enhance the sauce by cooking down whole apricot pieces and mashing them into the sauce using a potato masher, food processor, or immersion blender.

How to Make Your Sauce

Making this apricot BBQ sauce is a breeze. Start by combining your spices in a small bowl, mixing them well, and setting them aside.

Over medium-high heat, take a large pot or saucepan, add the jam, ketchup, brown sugar, honey, and Worcestershire sauce. Whisk until well combined.

Add your spice blend and allow the mixture to simmer slightly. Reduce the heat and stir continuously to prevent the sugars from burning. Taste the apricot sauce once heated through and adjust the flavors to your liking.

Feel free to add a bit more sugar or honey or even a pinch of salt for balance. If you prefer a spicy sauce, consider adding some red pepper flakes.

Remove the pot from the heat and let it cool to room temperature before transferring it to a jar or airtight container.

Perfect Pairings for Apricot BBQ Sauce

This delectable sauce pairs exceptionally well with poultry, pork, and salmon. Here are some mouthwatering recipes you can try with this apricot BBQ sauce:

  • Smoked Chicken Thighs
  • Oven Baked BBQ Chicken
  • Smoked Pork Loin
  • Hot and Fast Baby Back Ribs
  • Crispy Grilled Chicken Wings
  • Smoked Ham
  • Air Fried Pork Belly
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If you’ve tried this sauce recipe or have any feedback, please leave a rating and comment below. Your input will help other readers and allow you to share your experiences.

Love making homemade sauce? Be sure to check out my Carolina Gold Mustard Sauce, Alabama White Sauce, and Texas Mop Sauce recipes too.

Now, it’s time to fire up the grill and indulge in the mouthwatering flavors of homemade apricot BBQ sauce. Happy cooking!


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