8 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

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    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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    Apricot-Habanero Barbecue Sauce

    Habanero BBQ Sauce
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    Many of the best barbecue sauces work on a combination of sweet and heat. This great sauce puts apricots up against habanero chilies to accomplish this. It sounds simple, but this barbecue sauce is actually layered in flavors that make it rich and fantastic. 

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    Spicy Apricot Barbecue Sauce

    Spicy Apricot Barbecue Sauce

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    Fresh apricots and tomatoes with a hint of mustard heat make this sauce perfect for everything, and I mean everything. This barbecue sauce is even a good salad dressing. Try it. Honestly, you won't be disappointed. 

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    Peach Barbecue Sauce

    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. 

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    Plum Barbecue Sauce

    This is a quick and easy way to make an incredible sauce. The fresh plums have all the sweet and the hint of cinnamon gives this barbecue sauce great depth. 

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    Strawberry Habanero Barbecue Sauce

    Strawberry jam and habanero hot sauce makes this barbecue sauce perfect for those looking for sweet and heat. This sauce needs some time in a low simmer to get the flavors together, but this is a quick and simple sauce to make. Prepare it a day in advance and the heat will be perfectly distributed. 

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    Black Cherry Barbecue Sauce

    As a kid, my favorite soda was black cherry. This barbecue sauce takes that soda and mixes it with fresh cherries, red wine, and a touch of cinnamon. This sauce is perfect for beef, pork, or, well, everything.