Top Fruit Based Barbecue Sauces

The Most Popular and Best Fruit Based Barbecue Sauce Recipes

A unique way to add flavor to grilled or smoked foods is with a fruit based barbecue sauces. These sauces start with a wide range of fruit products ranging from whole fruit to jams and jellies. This is a great way to make the most of your outdoor cooking.

  • 01 of 09
    Apple Barbecue Sauce
    Apple Barbecue Sauce. Paulus Rusyanto/EyeEm/Getty Images

    Ketchup, apples and a whole lot of flavor makes this one of my most popular barbecue sauces. The secret is to let these flavors cook down slowly to intensify the sauce. I recommend making this one a day in advance. The sweet and savory flavor is perfect of almost everything. 

  • 02 of 09

    The tomato element of this sauce comes from diced, fresh tomatoes. Then it gets sweetened with mango. The depth comes from poblano chilies and it all gets cooked together with herbs and onion. This barbecue sauce has amazing flavor that is perfect for all kinds of meats, particularly chicken and pork. 

  • 03 of 09
    Habanero BBQ Sauce
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    Many of the best barbecue sauces work on a combination of sweet and heat. This great sauce puts apricots up against habanero chilies to accomplish this. It sounds simple, but this barbecue sauce is actually layered in flavors that make it rich and fantastic.  

  • 04 of 09
    Spicy Apricot Barbecue Sauce
    Spicy Apricot Barbecue Sauce. Nicholas McComber/Getty Images

    Fresh apricots and tomatoes with a hint of mustard heat make this sauce perfect for everything, and I mean everything. This barbecue sauce is even a good salad dressing. Try it. Honestly, you won't be disappointed. 

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  • 05 of 09

    Mango Grilling Glaze

    Mango nectar, apricot preserves, and jalapeno chilies give this sauce that perfect combination of heat ans sweet. I call this a grilling glaze because it is perfect cooked right into meats. There is sugar here so keep the heat low and slow and what comes of the grill will be fantastic. 

  • 06 of 09

    Canned peaches and maple syrup give this barbecue sauce a rich sweetness that is perfect on pork and chicken, or practically anything. I use this on burgers instead of ketchup because it is so good at enhancing flavors. 

  • 07 of 09

    This is a quick and easy way to make an incredible sauce. The fresh plums have all the sweet and the hint of cinnamon gives this barbecue sauce great depth. 

  • 08 of 09

    Strawberry jam and habanero hot sauce makes this barbecue sauce perfect for those looking for sweet and heat. This sauce needs some time in a low simmer to get the flavors together, but this is a quick and simple sauce to make. Prepare it a day in advance and the heat will be perfectly distributed. 

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  • 09 of 09

    As a kid, my favorite soda was black cherry. This barbecue sauce takes that soda and mixes it with fresh cherries, red wine, and a touch of cinnamon. This sauce is perfect for beef, pork, or, well, everything.