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Apricot BBQ Sauce

Sweet and tangy apricot barbecue sauce, for brushing on grilled chicken, pork and all your grilled favorites.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: condiment, Sauces
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apricot, bbq, Grilled
Servings: 20
Calories: 46kcal
Author: Erin
Cost: $3


  • stove top
  • pot


  • 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup apricot jam
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp white ground pepper more or less for heat
  • 1 tsp salt


  • Add small amount of oil, tomato paste, garlic and onion powders, both kinds of paprika, and cumin to a small sauce pan and saute on medium heat for five minutes until spices are toasted and fragrant.
    tomato paste and spices sauteing in a pan
  • Stir in the water, apple cider vinegar, apricot jam, honey, molasses, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar and salt and pepper.
    apricot jam and bbq sauce ingredients in a sauce pan being stirred
  • On medium high heat simmer for 15-20 minutes until reduced by half and thickened.
    apricot barbecue sauce simmering in a pot
  • Cool and store in an airtight container in fridge until ready to use.


  • Use chunky or smooth apricot jam, and either leave pieces in, or puree once the sauce has simmered all the way. 
  • Cool completely before storing in an airtight container. 
  • Adjust the pepper amount up or down depending on heat desired. Swapping for cayenne pepper will increase spiciness.
  • Will store for up to one month in fridge, covered. 


Calories: 46kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 144mg | Potassium: 58mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 122IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg