If you’re tired of the same old barbecue routine and want to impress your family and guests with a unique twist, look no further than Peach BBQ sauce. This mouthwatering sauce adds a deliciously sweet and tangy flavor to grilled meats like chicken, pork, and ribs. Plus, the recipe yields a large batch, giving you plenty of sauce to can or freeze for future BBQ adventures.
When it comes to preserving peaches, the possibilities are endless. Aside from the usual canned peaches, peach butter, and dehydrated peaches, a recipe for Peach BBQ Sauce caught my eye. As a BBQ sauce enthusiast, I couldn’t resist giving it a try. And let me tell you, it did not disappoint. This sauce strikes the perfect balance of sweetness, smokiness, and bright peach flavor. It’s an ideal glaze for chicken, pork chops, or even a whole pork loin.
Living in the mountains of western North Carolina, I’m fortunate to be just a short drive away from upstate South Carolina, one of the largest peach producers in the United States. South Carolina’s warm climate and fertile soil create the perfect conditions for growing juicy and flavorful peaches. In fact, the state is so renowned for its peaches that it’s earned the nickname “The Tastier Peach State” (compared to its northern neighbor, Georgia, known as “The Peach State”).
To make your own Peach BBQ Sauce, start by peeling the peaches. A quick dip in boiling water followed by an ice bath will easily remove the skins. The sauce also includes onions, garlic, and peppers, so it’s important to keep the amount of produce and vinegar unchanged to ensure safe water bath canning. Choose yellow peaches for canning, as white-fleshed peaches have lower acidity and aren’t suitable for this preservation method.
Don’t worry if you’re new to canning. Step-by-step instructions can be found here. For additional canning safety tips and resources, check out the National Center for Home Food Preservation website.
Now that you have a batch of Peach BBQ Sauce on hand, let’s explore some delicious ways to enjoy it:
Glaze for Grilled Chicken
Brush the peach BBQ sauce onto chicken pieces during the last few minutes of grilling for a sweet and tangy glaze.
Dip for Vegetables
Serve peach BBQ sauce as a dip for grilled or roasted vegetables, such as zucchini, eggplant, and bell peppers.
Topping for Burgers
Spread peach BBQ sauce on your favorite burger along with melted cheese and crispy bacon for a mouthwatering twist on a classic.
Marinade for Tofu
Marinate sliced tofu in peach BBQ sauce for at least an hour before grilling or pan-frying to infuse it with flavor.
Sauce for Pulled Pork
Toss shredded, slow-cooked pork in peach BBQ sauce for a juicy and flavorful twist on the classic BBQ sandwich. Top with coleslaw for a refreshing crunch.
Swap out traditional tomato sauce for peach BBQ sauce on pizza dough. Layer on shredded chicken or pork, red onion, and mozzarella cheese for a delightful sweet and savory pizza. For an extra fruity twist, add sliced peaches or pineapple.
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