3 Best Fruit-Based Barbecue Sauce Recipes

A unique way to add flavor to grilled or smoked foods is with a fruit based barbecue sauces. These sauces start with a wide range of fruit products ranging from whole fruit to jams and jellies. This is a great way to make the most of your outdoor cooking.

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    Apple Barbecue Sauce

    Apple Barbecue Sauce

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

    Ketchup, apples and a whole lot of flavor makes this one of my most popular barbecue sauces. The secret is to let these flavors cook down slowly to intensify the sauce. I recommend making this one a day in advance. The sweet and savory flavor is perfect of almost everything. 

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    Mango Barbecue Sauce

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    The tomato element of this sauce comes from diced, fresh tomatoes. Then it gets sweetened with mango. The depth comes from poblano chilies and it all gets cooked together with herbs and onion. This barbecue sauce has amazing flavor that is perfect for all kinds of meats, particularly chicken and pork. 

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    Peach Barbecue Sauce

    Baby Back Ribs
    Diana Rattray

    Canned peaches and maple syrup give this barbecue sauce a rich sweetness that is perfect on pork and chicken, or practically anything. I use this on burgers instead of ketchup because it is so good at enhancing flavors.