Rating: 4.44 stars
154 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 94
  • 4 star values: 43
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 2

Applesauce gives this sauce a nice thick texture that coats well on meat. It has a sweet spicy flavor that is excellent on chicken or pork. It may also be canned in sterile containers for later use, or for giving as gifts.

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Ingredients

28
Original recipe yields 28 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a saucepan over medium heat, mix applesauce, ketchup, brown sugar, lemon juice, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and cinnamon. Bring mixture to a boil. Remove from heat, and cool completely. Use to baste the meat of your choice.

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Nutrition Facts

49 calories; protein 0.1g; carbohydrates 12.6g; sodium 92.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (158)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/09/2005
We have created a feeding frenzy with this recipe on ribs. It is the best rib bbq sauce there is. We baste our ribs after we slow cook our baby back ribs for 4 hrs on low heat (250) with a cookie sheet full of water underneath the ribs - put ribs directly on oven rack. The key to take away the sweetness is to make sure you use a good spicy rub - rub ribs before you place them in the oven or rub them the night before. The spicier the better for the rub as the sweetness of the BBQ sauce totally compliments it. Also - make sure the BBQ sauce has cooled before using it - it goes on thicker. Read More
(66)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/29/2002
Much to sweet for my taste. I used about 1/2 the sugar called for and still found it to be sickening sweet like a dessert topping. Read More
(51)
154 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 94
  • 4 star values: 43
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
09/09/2005
We have created a feeding frenzy with this recipe on ribs. It is the best rib bbq sauce there is. We baste our ribs after we slow cook our baby back ribs for 4 hrs on low heat (250) with a cookie sheet full of water underneath the ribs - put ribs directly on oven rack. The key to take away the sweetness is to make sure you use a good spicy rub - rub ribs before you place them in the oven or rub them the night before. The spicier the better for the rub as the sweetness of the BBQ sauce totally compliments it. Also - make sure the BBQ sauce has cooled before using it - it goes on thicker. Read More
(66)
Rating: 3 stars
08/29/2002
Much to sweet for my taste. I used about 1/2 the sugar called for and still found it to be sickening sweet like a dessert topping. Read More
(51)
Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2006
Excellent! I am rather picky about my barbeque sauce. Most bottled varieties do not agree with my stomach so I usually avoid barbeque sauce altogether. However tonight I was looking for something different to make for dinner and found this recipe. I made 1/2 batch of it and used it on boneless pork chops. Amazing! I changed a few things as per other reviewers' suggestions. For 1/2 batch I: cut the sugar in half using only a scant 1/2 cup; added 1/2 teaspoon of dried onion flakes; and added 1/4 teaspoon of Frank's Red Hot Sauce for heat. All of the other ingredients I left the same in the proportions as stated (for 1/2 batch). Next time I think I will cut the sugar even more probably use 1/3 cup. And I will add more Frank's Hot Sauce because my husband and I like our sauce to have a bit more of a kick. Overall this recipe is great and the texture from the applesauce is wonderful. I noticed right away that it does not have that "chemically" taste that bottled sauces have. Very fresh tangy and tasty--this will definitely become my standard barbeque sauce recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/03/2005
I followed the suggestions by other reviewers and halved the brown sugar and I also used cinnamon apple sauce so i didn't add the other cinnamon and the result was absolutely wonderful. This sauce is sweet and not for those who like hot and spicy. For my friends and myself we loved it. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
03/14/2006
I can't believe this recipe has 5 stars! It is WAY WAY too sweet and I cut down on the amount of sugar used. None of my family liked the taste. Definitely would not recommend or make again. Needs some major tweaking to be acceptable. Read More
(22)
Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2006
I used a little more than half the sugar and I thought the sauce was delicious! I will use it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2006
This dish was a hit with my picky 7 year old son who hates chicken on the bone. He really liked this recipe and declared he would eat it again if i made it for him! That's a 5 in my book!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/25/2004
This is a good sauce if you like sweet barbeque sauce. I recommend only using 1 1/2 cups brown sugar. Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2005
My husband and 5 yr old son LOVE this barbeque sauce! It is the first bbq sauce I have made or bought they would eat. It is sweet but that is alright by us. I did reduce the amount of brown sugar by 1/2 cup (but only because I ran out) and used all natural unsweetened applesauce because that is all I buy. After making it I put it in the frig overnight then added to shredded pork in the crock pot. The smell was wonderful great smooth texture and family pleasing taste. Add easy to prepare and this is a winner for me. Read More
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