Apricot-Habanero Barbecue Sauce

Habanero BBQ Sauce
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  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: About 3 cups (12 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
55 Calories
1g Fat
10g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: About 3 cups (12 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 55
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 170mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 1g
Calcium 30mg 2%
*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 didn't think about making a barbecue sauce out of fruit. Well, this fruit-based habanero BBQ sauce is sweet and hot. It works perfectly on poultry and pork. If you make it in advance, the heat from the habanero will have time to mix with the other ingredients.


  • 1 medium onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL cooking oil
  • 1 bell pepper (yellow, roasted, peeled, and seeded)
  • 1 1/4 cups/300 mL water
  • 2/3 cup/160 mL apricots (dried)
  • 3 tablespoons/45 mL sugar (brown)
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL mustard (powdered)
  • 1/4 cup/60 mL hot sauce (habanero)
  • 1 pinch salt (to taste)

Steps to Make It

1. Sauté onion and garlic with oil in a large skillet. Add bell pepper, water, apricots, brown sugar and apple cider vinegar. Reduce heat, stir together and simmer until apricots are soft, about 15 minutes.

2. Combine with mustard, hot sauce and salt in a food processor. Blend until smooth.