Applesauce Barbeque Sauce Recipe -
Applesauce Barbeque Sauce Recipe
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Applesauce Barbeque Sauce

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"Applesauce gives this sauce a nice thick texture that coats well on meat. It has a sweet spicy flavor that is excellent on chicken or pork. It may also be canned in sterile containers for later use, or for giving as gifts."

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Original recipe makes 3 1/2 cups Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    30 mins


  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, mix applesauce, ketchup, brown sugar, lemon juice, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and cinnamon. Bring mixture to a boil. Remove from heat, and cool completely. Use to baste the meat of your choice.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 09, 2005

We have created a feeding frenzy with this recipe on ribs. It is the best rib bbq sauce there is. We baste our ribs after we slow cook our baby back ribs for 4 hrs on low heat (250) with a cookie sheet full of water underneath the ribs - put ribs directly on oven rack. The key to take away the sweetness is to make sure you use a good, spicy rub - rub ribs before you place them in the oven or rub them the night before. The spicier the better for the rub as the sweetness of the BBQ sauce totally compliments it. Also - make sure the BBQ sauce has cooled before using it - it goes on thicker.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 29, 2002

Much to sweet for my taste. I used about 1/2 the sugar called for and still found it to be sickening sweet like a dessert topping.

Feb 09, 2006

Excellent! I am rather picky about my barbeque sauce. Most bottled varieties do not agree with my stomach, so I usually avoid barbeque sauce altogether. However tonight I was looking for something different to make for dinner, and found this recipe. I made 1/2 batch of it and used it on boneless pork chops. Amazing! I changed a few things as per other reviewers' suggestions. For 1/2 batch I: cut the sugar in half, using only a scant 1/2 cup; added 1/2 teaspoon of dried onion flakes; and added 1/4 teaspoon of Frank's Red Hot Sauce, for heat. All of the other ingredients I left the same, in the proportions as stated (for 1/2 batch). Next time I think I will cut the sugar even more, probably use 1/3 cup. And I will add more Frank's Hot Sauce because my husband and I like our sauce to have a bit more of a kick. Overall, this recipe is great, and the texture from the applesauce is wonderful. I noticed right away that it does not have that "chemically" taste that bottled sauces have. Very fresh, tangy, and tasty--this will definitely become my standard barbeque sauce recipe!

Sep 03, 2005

I followed the suggestions by other reviewers and halved the brown sugar and I also used cinnamon apple sauce so i didn't add the other cinnamon and the result was absolutely wonderful. This sauce is sweet and not for those who like hot and spicy. For my friends and myself we loved it.

Mar 14, 2006

I can't believe this recipe has 5 stars! It is WAY WAY too sweet, and I cut down on the amount of sugar used. None of my family liked the taste. Definitely would not recommend or make again. Needs some major tweaking to be acceptable.

Feb 22, 2006

I used a little more than half the sugar and I thought the sauce was delicious! I will use it again.

Jan 24, 2006

This dish was a hit with my picky 7 year old son, who hates chicken on the bone. He really liked this recipe and declared he would eat it again if i made it for him! That's a 5 in my book!!

Jan 25, 2004

This is a good sauce if you like sweet barbeque sauce. I recommend only using 1 1/2 cups brown sugar.


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  • Calories
  • 49 kcal
  • 2%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 12.6 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 0 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 92 mg
  • 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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