This Sweet and Tangy Barbecue Sauce is out of this world good! It has just the right balance of sweet, spicy and tangy! It’s a hit at every barbecue!
For years I have been thinking of making my own barbecue sauce and just haven’t. It wasn’t that I was intimidated by the process, it’s really very simple, it was more that I loved one particular sauce. My husband and I love the barbecue sauce from Wood Ranch. It’s a barbecue restaurant in California and for years we would stock up when we went back to visit family and friends in CA. I even had a friend that would pack some up and bring it out every time she came to visit! Recently I decided to try to crack the code and make my own version of this sauce. Let me tell you that was the plan. This sauce ISN”T Wood Ranch barbecue sauce but it was so good that I had to share it with you. My husband absolutely loved it!
This sauce has such a great balance of sweet and tangy with a bit of a kick at the end. I used pureed apricots, brown sugar and molasses to get the sweet flavor, then that’s mixed with the apple cider vinegar for some tang then at the end you get a kick from the cayenne pepper. I made a big jar of it and we used it on lots of barbecue, starting with a grilled BBQ pork roast that I’ll share with you soon. I may not have found the secret to Wood Ranch’s barbecue sauce but I did come up with a sauce that I love and will make again.
Sweet and Tangy Barbecue Sauce
- 3 apricots pit removed, rough chopped
- 2 tbsp water
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 to 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 2 tbsp mustard powder
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 2 tbsp honey
puree the apricots, water and vinegar together
strain the puree into a medium sauce pan
stir the remaining ingredients into the puree and place over medium heat
simmer for 15 to 30 min
remove from heat and refrigerate until ready to use
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