Apple Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce

When you need a quick BBQ sauce, this recipe for Apple Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce is ready in less than 30 minutes.


White ramekin filled with Apple Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce with a spoon of sauce pouring into the bowl.


Apple Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce is a staple in our house. It is used on pork, beef, chicken and so much more. The sweetness of the apples and brown sugar in this recipe balances out the tartness of the other ingredients and makes it perfect for any BBQ.

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Ingredients For Apple Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce

This recipe is quick, easy and made with 10 ingredients you may already have on hand. These ingredients add all flavours to the sauce: sweet, salty, acid, and umami.

  • Apple Juice. This is where the apple flavour comes in. Apple juice is the main ingredient.
  • Brown Sugar. Along with the juice, brown sugar adds sweetness to balance the flavours and it complements the taste of the apple juice.
  • Ketchup. The base of many BBQ sauces, ketchup is used for this recipe.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar. An acid that cuts some of the sweetness from the sauce.
  • Worcestershire Sauce. Adding this ingredient to BBQ sauce adds umami because of its combination of flavours.
  • Chili Powder, paprika, garlic powder and onion powder are the spices that round out the flavours and add the taste of BBQ to the sauce.
  • Salt. The last ingredient to balance all the flavours.

How To Use Apple Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce

This BBQ sauce can be used in any way that you would usually use BBQ sauce. There are some dishes that this sauce goes really well with.

  • Pulled Pork. Apple and pork go really good together so this sauce is perfect for pulled pork sandwiches.
  • Pork Loins. This is a cut of meat that dries out fairly quickly when cooking, so we brine it and apply BBQ Sauce while it cooks. Try this sauce on our Apple Cider Brined Pork Loin.
  • Turkey. Use this sauce to baste turkey while it cooks, especially on the BBQ.
  • Brisket. Slather this sauce on brisket sandwiches.

Can This Recipe Be Doubled?

Absolutely, and we actually recommend making extra, especially in the summer. We sometimes make triple and quadruple batches of this sauce to have on hand.

It takes less than 30 minutes to make this sauce but we like to have it on hand just the same. It lasts in the fridge for up to one month.

We also sometimes make large batches to fill 4 ounce mason jars and give as gifts.

Storing Apple Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce

This recipe yields about a half of a cup of sauce. If you don’t use it all immediately, allow to cool and store in a mason jar in the fridge for up to one month.

White ramekin bowl of Apple Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce.

Apple Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce

When you need a quick BBQ sauce, this recipe for Apple Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce is ready in less than 30 minutes.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Sauces
Servings 0.5 cup


  • ½ cup apple juice
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp kosher salt


  • Whisk all ingredients together in a small pot.
  • Heat over medium-high heat to bring to a simmer.
  • Reduce heat to medium and continue to simmer, stirring and scraping the sides of the pot.
  • Simmer until the sauce has thickened, about 5 minutes.
  • Allow to cool before storing in a mason jar in the fridge for up to one month.
Keyword bbq sauce

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