Apricot BBQ Sauce

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.

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Apricot BBQ Sauce
Recipe type: Sauce
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 1 cup
 
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Stir and heat until the butter is melted.

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Peach BBQ Sauce Version 2.0

I do love a fresh peach BBQ sauce. Nothing screams winter is over like fresh peaches being available in our local grocery store. I’ve made a great peach BBQ sauce before, but this time I was looking for something a bit different Something with a smoky flavor and a little sweetness. My original peach BBQ sauce was more like a traditional Kansas City sauce. This one brings a little kick to any grilled meat, like the split chicken breasts I made recently on my Char-Broil Big Easy.
As with any BBQ sauce, don’t apply this peach BBQ sauce until your food is basically done grilling. Any sooner and the molasses and peach nectar may start to burn. Just put it on and let the food grill a bit longer until the sauce has set. Then enjoy! And if you prefer the flavor of apricot over peach, try out my apricot BBQ sauce.

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Peach BBQ Sauce
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Recipe type: Sauce
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 2 cups
 
Ingredients
  • 2 peaches, peeled, pitted, chopped
  • 3/4 cup peach nectar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chipotle salsa (or use 1 teaspoon of adobo sauce from canned chipotles)
  • 1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • Hot sauce, to taste (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and simmer for 20-30 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool slightly before placing in a food processor or blender. Process until the desired smoothness is achieved.

Smokehouse BBQ Sauce

I’m always on the lookout for a different sauce for my smoked ribs, pulled pork, or whatever meats I’m cooking on my smoker. It’s not because I don’t already have a good collection of sauces that I love, but because sometimes you just want something different. This smokehouse BBQ sauce intrigued me when I first saw it because it had both chile peppers and lemon juice. I thought, well, that’s new. So I made it and it came out great on a nice big rack of smoked spare ribs!
smokehouse-bbq-sauceThick but not too thick, this sauce has a hint of spiciness, a hint of smokiness, and a slight vinegar kick. In a ways it’s a combination of many BBQ sauces, from Kansas City to Memphis to the Carolinas. Different, but different in a good way.

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Smokehouse BBQ Sauce
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Recipe type: BBQ Sauce
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4 cups
 
Ingredients
  • 4 dried ancho chile peppers
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • Liquid smoke, to taste
  • Hot sauce, to taste
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
Instructions
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the chiles and toast for 2-3 minutes. Turn and continue toasting until softened.
  3. Add the water and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat to a simmer and simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and let stand for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove peppers to a cutting board, but reserve the water.
  7. Remove stems and seeds from the peppers and chop lightly. Transfer to a blender and add the reserved water. Puree until smooth and return to the skillet.
  8. Add the remaining ingredients except for the lemon and butter.
  9. Bring sauce to a boil and reduce to a simmer and continue simmering for 30 minutes until the desired thickness is achieved.
  10. Stir in the lemon juice and add the butter and stir until melted.

Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs with Fire-Eater Dog Sauce

How do you make a great hot dog better? Yes, you wrap it in bacon. Crispy, yummy bacon. But you’re not done yet. Then you add a good helping of a thick, sweet-heat sauce that makes mustard and ketchup boring. These bacon-wrapped hot dogs with Fire-Eater dog sauce are a great way to change up your everyday dogs. You can add more of your favorite toppings if you like, but don’t bury that great bacon flavor.
Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs with Fire-Eater Dog SauceThe Fire-Eater dog sauce is also perfect on hamburgers and fries, so make an extra big batch and keep it on hand in the fridge. To make a great smoky version use a hickory BBQ sauce. For an even spicier version use a hot BBQ sauce and add a few splashes of your favorite hot sauce.

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Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs with Fire-Eater Dog Sauce
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 6 servings
 
Ingredients
For the hot dogs
  • 6 all-beef hot dogs
  • 6 slices thin-sliced bacon
  • 6 hot dog buns
For the Fire-Eater dog sauce
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon BBQ sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Fire-Eater rub or your favorite spicy seasoning, to taste (I used 2 tablespoons)
Instructions
For the hot dogs
  1. Wrap the hot dogs in the bacon.
  2. Fire up your grill for indirect cooking.
  3. Place bacon-wrapped dogs on the grill over indirect heat.
  4. Cook for 20 minutes, rotating often, until the bacon is cooked and starting to crisp.
  5. Remove and let cool slightly to let the bacon finish crisping.
  6. Serve on buns and drizzle with Fire-Eater dog sauce.
For the Fire-Eater dog sauce
  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium sauce pan.
  2. Bring to a simmer.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool until thickened.

Southwestern BBQ Sauce

The simple addition of a few chipotles in adobo sauce to what is normally just a great regular-ole tomato-based BBQ sauce really makes for a totally different, utterly fantastic sauce for ribs, chicken, pulled pork… you name it. Chipotles (smoke-dried jalapenos) are one of my favorite things. I love the combination of heat and smokiness. They’re perfect for things like this southwestern BBQ sauce.
southwestern-bbq-sauceI rubbed down a rack of St. Louis-style ribs with homemade Cajun seasoning then smoked it for 6 hours until the meat was nice and tender.  I then brushed on some of this great southwestern BBQ sauce let the ribs smoke for another 15 minutes, just long enough to set the sauce up just a bit. It’s not a thin sauce, and it’s not a thick sauce. I’d call it just the right consistency for things like ribs. You know you’re going to get messy eating them, but there’s no reason to drown in the sauce or to have it all just roll off the ribs and down your arms.

Southwestern BBQ Sauce
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Recipe type: Sauce
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4 cups
 
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons chopped chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Adobo sauce, from the chipotles
  • 4 cups tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the onions and saute until starting to soften, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and the chipotles and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Deglaze the pan with the vinegar and lime juice.
  5. Reduce heat and simmer until the liquid is reduced by half.
  6. Add the adobo sauce, tomato sauce, molasses, mustard, bay leaves and salt.
  7. Increase heat and bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and continue simmering, stirring often, for 15-20 minutes or until the sauce is the desired thickness.
  8. Remove from heat and let cool slightly before straining through a fine-mesh strainer.

 

Raspberry Chipotle Wings

Oh, goodness me! Raspberry chipotle wings are my newest food addiction. The sauce is just crazy good. Great berry flavor and a nice helping of heat. And a little bit of sweet to temper that kick just a bit. I used fresh local raspberries, but frozen would work just fine too.
Raspberry Chipotle WingsThe raspberry chipotle sauce would also be great on a grilled pork tenderloin, or just grilled chicken. I wouldn’t be afraid to add a bit more of the chipotle if you’re into heat like I am. Just make sure that when you strain the sauce you don’t let any seeds through.

I absolutely love chicken wings, cooked any way, with any sauce (or without). I love them so much that I created a free eCookbook that is full of my favorite wing recipes.

Raspberry Chipotle Wings
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4-6 servings
 
Ingredients
For the wings
  • 3-4 pounds chicken wings, flats and drumettes separated, tips discarded or saved for making chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2-3 tablespoons Buffalo seasoning (or Fire Eater rub)
For the sauce
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon (or more, I ended up using 2 tablespoons) chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped, with some of the sauce added
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
For the wings
  1. Place wings into a large resealable bag.
  2. Add the oil.
  3. Add the Buffalo seasoning. Seal the bag, and toss gently to coat.
  4. Refrigerate for up to 3 hours before cooking.
  5. Cook wings as desired. Click here for our guide on cooking wings in a grill, smoker, deep fryer, oven, or a Char-Broil Big Easy.
  6. When done, place wings in a large bowl and add sauce. Toss to coat.
For the sauce
  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and saute until starting to soften, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add all of the remaining ingredients.
  4. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and continue simmering until reduced by half, about 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  6. Transfer sauce to a blender and puree until smooth.
  7. Strain through a fine mesh sieve, pressing to remove the solids.
  8. If sauce is too thin return it to the saucepan over low heat while cooking the wings. Do not let the sauce burn, though.

 

Peach BBQ Sauce

I was wandering around the produce section at the grocery store when I came across a really nice basket of fresh-picked ripe peaches. I knew exactly what I was going to make with them. Peach BBQ sauce, the perfect sauce for a rack of St. Louis-style smoked ribs. Although I’d be partial to using this tasty sauce on anything, it really complements anything pork the best.
Peach BBQ SauceThis peach BBQ sauce isn’t too ‘peachy’. You can taste the fresh peaches, sure, but they don’t over-power the sauce. The peaches add a nice sweetness too.

For a smokier sauce, check out my peach BBQ sauce Version 2.0.

Peach BBQ Sauce
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Recipe type: Sauce
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4 cups
 
Ingredients
For the sauce
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small shallot, diced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon your favorite rub (I used my no-burn rib rub)
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 2 cups peach nectar (see below)
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
For the peach nectar (may make more than you need for the sauce)
  • 4-6 fresh, ripe peaches (you need to end up with about 2 cups of sliced peaches in the end)
  • Water
Instructions
For the sauce
  1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan.
  2. Add garlic and shallot and saute for 3 minutes.
  3. Add salt, pepper and rub. Stir.
  4. Stir in the ketchup, peach nectar, vinegar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice.
  5. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer and let simmer until thick, about 30 minutes.
For the peach nectar
  1. Bring a pot with enough water in it to cover the peaches to a boil.
  2. Add the peaches and boil just 2-3 minutes until the skin is softened.
  3. Remove peaches and place in an ice bath to cool.
  4. Peel the peaches. Remove the pit and slice.
  5. Place 2 cups of peaches along with 1 cup of water into a blender or food processor. Liquefy until smooth.
  6. Store any unused nectar in the fridge.

Sriracha BBQ Sauce

I spotted pork ribs on sale the other day. That can only mean one thing: St. Louis-style ribs. I smoked them 3-2-1 style, which results in great tender ribs that are packed with flavor by themselves. I like to sauce my ribs just before I pull them off of the smoker, giving the sauce a bit of time to set up. I wanted a spicy sauce, but not too spicy. This Sriracha BBQ sauce is the perfect combination of heat with just a bit of sweet. But definitely not much sweetness.
Sriracha BBQ SauceI used ketchup in this Sriracha BBQ sauce, but you can substitute tomato sauce for a slightly different texture that is a bit thinner. Either way you can’t go wrong with it. It’s great no matter where you use BBQ sauce, from great 3-2-1 ribs to grilled chicken.

Sriracha BBQ Sauce
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Recipe type: Sauce
Cuisine: American
 
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon of Sriracha Sauce / Rooster Sauce
  • 1 fresh red chile pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed, crushed
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Stir in the onion, garlic, red chile pepper, brown sugar, and fennel seeds, and cook until onion is tender and sugar has melted.
  3. Mix in ketchup and soy sauce.
  4. Bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat to low, add in Sriracha Sauce / Rooster Sauce and simmer 10 minutes.