Apple BBQ Sauce

Apple BBQ Sauce
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  • Total: 18 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 8 mins
  • Yield: about 2 1/2 cups (40 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
24 Calories
1g Fat
4g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: about 2 1/2 cups (40 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 24
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 61mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 0g
Calcium 9mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

You probably wouldn't think of applesauce as the base for a barbecue sauce. However, this recipe combines concentrated apple flavor with traditional ingredients, yielding a mouthwatering barbecue sauce specifically designed for grilled chicken. Be sure to pick an unsweetened applesauce to help balance the flavors.


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 onion (pureed)
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon molasses (add more if necessary)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil and add pureed onion. Allow to cook for 1 to 2 minutes, making sure to stir as it cooks. Add garlic and cook one more minute. Add remaining ingredients, bring to a slight bubble, reduce heat and allow to simmer for 8 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool before using.