Make this easy Apricot BBQ Sauce for your next grilling session! This simple recipe uses apricot jam and common household ingredients.

Making homemade Apricot BBQ sauce is actually super easy. I use very simple ingredients like Worcestershire sauce and apricot preserves. Things that you have in the pantry already!

Easy Apricot Barbecue Sauce

This Apricot Barbecue Sauce has all of the makings of an addictive homemade barbecue sauce: it’s sweet, tangy and a bit spicy!

Thanks to the jam, the sauce has a bit of a glazing effect, which makes it perfect for basting at the end of your cook time.

Apricot Barbecue Sauce Recipe

This apricot barbecue sauce recipe is a great addition to your grilling repertoire! Use this versatile sauce in so many ways! Here are a few ideas:

Apricot Barbecue Sauce

Can I use fresh apricots for this recipe?

If you have an abundance of apricots, yes, you can absolutely use them for this recipe! Cook down about 3 cups of peeled, fresh apricots, drain, then mash with a potato masher or run the cooked apricots through a food processor. You will need to add additional sugar to compensate for the lack of sugar in the jam. I like to do this at the end, to taste, 1/4 cup at a time.

How long does homemade BBQ sauce last?

Unfortunately, your homemade BBQ sauce isn’t pasteurized so it won’t last as long as the ones you find on the shelf! You can store it in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks, or freeze for up to 4 months!


Store this homemade BBQ sauce in an airtight container for up to a week in the refrigerator.

Substitute for Molasses in BBQ Sauce

This recipe calls for molasses, but I know that most of us don’t keep it on hand! You can substitute maple syrup or brown sugar for the molasses in this BBQ sauce recipe.


Apricot Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Easy Apricot BBQ Sauce

Yield: about 3 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Make this easy Apricot BBQ Sauce for your next grilling session! This simple recipe uses apricot jam and common household ingredients.


  • 18 ounces apricot preserves or apricot jam
  • ¼ cup molasses (or maple syrup or brown sugar)
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce (or soy sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder


  1. In a medium saucepan, add all ingredients.
  2. Heat over medium-high heat, whisking consistently until the mixture just begins to bubble.
  3. Adjust to low heat and allow to simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
Nutrition Information
Yield 25 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 68Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 145mgCarbohydrates 18gFiber 0gSugar 12gProtein 0g

The nutrition for this recipe is calculated by an app, and may be incorrect.

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