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  • David Skarin

Apple BBQ Sauce

Updated: Jan 21, 2021

Who doesn’t love a homemade BBQ sauce? I mean, come on. This BBQ sauce packs a punch of apple right in your face.

This BBQ sauce goes great with any cut of pork or chicken. My kids devoured the pork loin we recently used this sauce on.


Fast Facts

Category: Sauce - BBQ

Prep Time: 30 minutes


Ingredient List

  • 1 cup Organic ketchup (I really prefer organic as there no high fructose corn syrup which increases the chances of burning on the smoker/grill)

  • 1 cup dark brown sugar (if you only have light brown, that will work as well)

  • ½ cup sugar free applesauce (again, keep it natural as it helps with the cook)

  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar with mother (I prefer my apple cider vinegar with mother…see above, prefer natural)

  • ¼ cup apple juice

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder (I prefer powdered garlic/onion in my sauces)

  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon liquid smoke

  • 2 apples diced (Gala, Fuji or Honey Crisp will work, I used Gala)

Supply List



Step 1: Put all ingredients in a sauce pot and stir over medium heat.

Step 2: Bring to a simmer for 20 minutes to allow the flavors to blend. Remove from heat and let cool.

Step 3: Puree or blend the sauce until desired consistency is reached.

Step 4: You can serve this warm or chilled. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.


Note: This will stay good in an airtight container for about 1 month due to the sugar. But, I challenge you not to use it all by then!

Lessons Learned (Note: I will update this section to include your lessons learned from the comment section)

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