Oh my goodness. I wasn’t even looking for another BBQ sauce to add to my list of homemade, fantastically-good sauces. I actually made this apricot BBQ sauce only because I found a jar of apricot preserves in the back of the pantry that needed to be used up. I now take it as a sign because this is one of the top BBQ sauces I’ve ever made or tasted. The perfect combination of sweet and heat and just the right consistency to stick to a rack of St. Louis-style smoked ribs without being too gloppy or too thin.
The apricot preserves add a light fruity flavor but it’s there in the back with lots of other great flavors and isn’t so in-your-face. Now, if you want to have a more apricot-like sauce, feel free to add more. You might want to if you’re using the sauce for pork, because apricot (or peach for that matter) goes great with pork. But if you’re using this sauce on say chicken, you might want to use a little less.
- 3/4 cup ketchup
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- Pinch of Kosher salt
- Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 dash Worcestershire sauce
- 1 1/2 teaspoons unsalted butter
- 1 pinch garlic powder
- Hot sauce, to taste
- 1 cup (more or less, to taste) apricot preserves
- Place all ingredients into a medium saucepan over medium heat.
- Stir and heat until the butter is melted.