Apple Butter Barbecue Sauce

Apple Butter Barbecue Sauce

This Apple Butter Barbecue Sauce with a touch of bourbon might just be your new signature sauce! Try it on a burger or on ribs.


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed & minced
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 jar, 8 to 10 ounces (measurement does not need to be exact) apple butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons brandy (or bourbon) (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional)


In a large, heavy saucepan, melt butter over medium heat, add onion and saute, stirring now and then until translucent, 6 to 8 minutes. Add in garlic and stir for a moment longer just until fragrant.

Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer, stirring now and then, until reduced to desired consistency, 10 to 15 minutes or so.

Store in a jar in the refrigerator; lasts for two to three weeks.


Use a larger pan than you think necessary; this sauce can sputter and spurt as it reduces.

Keywords: Alcohol, apple butter, Barbecue, Barbecue Sauce, bourbon, brandy, Condiments, ketchup, liquid smoke, Vinegar.

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