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Brown Sugar Balsamic Barbecue Sauce

Brown Sugar Balsamic Barbecue Sauce. An easy to make, versatile, sweet and tangy barbecue sauce that tastes terrific on anything from the summer grill.

Brown Sugar Balsamic Barbecue Sauce

Brown Sugar Balsamic Barbecue Sauce

If you’ve never tried to make your own barbecue sauce before, this recipe might just be a good place to start. My kids in particular love this sauce; number one son proclaimed it the best BBQ sauce ever.

I use it in many different ways from a dip for hors d’ouevres meatballs to a  great standard sauce beside the summer grill.

It really does have some great flavours going for it; from the sweet brown sugar to the pungent balsamic vinegar and the smokiness of smoked paprika. The apple helps give the sauce body and is a wonderful background flavour in the sauce.

I also use it as a glaze for Garam Masala Barbecued Chicken in our great recipe for Accidental Indian BBQ Chicken.

In the photo below I have used it in a simple application on barbecued turkey thighs that we had for dinner last night.

Brown Sugar Balsamic Barbecue Sauce on turkey thighs

Brown Sugar Balsamic Barbecue Sauce on turkey thighs

Find out how to use this BBQ Sauce in our Honey BBQ Grilled Wings too.

Grilled Honey Barbecue Wings, beautifully glazed sticky wings that you won't be able to get enough of. Make plenty!

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Brown Sugar Balsamic Barbecue Sauce
Yield: 100 servings (About 6 cups)

Brown Sugar Balsamic Barbecue Sauce

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Brown Sugar Balsamic Barbecue Sauce - a versatile sweet and tangy barbecue sauce that tastes terrific on anything from the summer grill.


  • 1 large red onion, diced
  • 6 cloves minced garlic
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large apple thinly sliced
  • 8 large very ripe diced tomatoes with the skins removed, ( or a 28-32 ounce can crushed tomatoes)
  • 1¼ cups brown sugar
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1 tsp crushed chili paste, (or ½ tsp cayenne pepper, more or less to taste of either if you want to better control the heat)
  • 2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • ½ whole nutmeg, finely grated ( or 1 tsp ground nutmeg)
  • 2 tbsp fresh finely grated ginger
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper


  1. Saute the onion, garlic, apples and olive oil all together in a medium sized saucepan until the onions and apples have softened.
  2. Add the tomatoes. Saute together until the tomatoes begin break down and get mushy (or until the sauce is reduced by ¼ if using canned tomatoes), then add all of the remaining ingredients for the sauce.
  3. Simmer all together over low heat for about a half hour or until the sauce reaches the consistency of a good barbeque sauce. I like mine a little thicker than most because it is easier to brush on whatever is being grilled.
  4. Puree the sauce after it cools down,to make it extra smooth if you prefer. I always do.
  5. Store in airtight container in the fridge if you are using it within a week or so or freeze it in airtight containers. Properly preserving it in mason jars will make it last all summer.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 grams

Amount Per Serving Calories 19Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 30mgCarbohydrates 4gFiber 0gSugar 3gProtein 0g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Duckworth Elisabeth

Sunday 3rd of May 2020

Approximately how many cups does this sauce recipe make?

Barry C. Parsons

Tuesday 7th of June 2011

Should be good for a couple of weeks at least in an airtight jar. Longer if properly bottled.


Monday 6th of June 2011

How long does it last for in a mason jar? I'm trying it out tonight!

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