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    Apple Butter Barbecue Sauce

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    20 mins

    5 mins

    15 mins

    John J. O'Sullivan?'s Note:

    I saw jars of apple butter BBQ sauce at an apple orchard a few weeks ago. I thought this was a splendid idea—especially for ribs. I've scoured the Internet, and this recipe looks like the best bet. It's originally from Smuckers, (featuring their apple butter). That said, I made a large batch of apple butter (Crock Pot Apple Butter), so I'm using homemade. Again, use what you can get.

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    1. 1
      Add everything together. Well, that's where their recipe ends. I think that's silly. So, let's continue.
    2. 2
      Sauté the onion in a frying pan with a little bit of olive oil, medium heat. Cook till translucent.
    3. 3
      Add the garlic, cook for about a minute.
    4. 4
      Put everything into a sauce pot on medium heat, stir everything together.
    5. 5
      Before a boil begins, drop the heat to low and simmer for 15-20 min., stirring frequently.
    6. 6
      Take it off heat, let it cool for 30 minute (unless you're canning, of course).
    7. 7
      Store it however you wish. It should keep in the fridge for 30 days, in a freezer for longer, or just can it.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on October 24, 2009


      Awesome BBQ sauce. I made pulled pork and got rave reviews. Just like Montana's BBQ sauce.

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    • on August 18, 2014


      this is very good and as for some people . We find the area you are living in could change any taste problems . making changes may help you or just make your Carolina sauce. no one told people not to add or subtract items to fit taste.i am sure no one is holding a gun to your head.

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    • on February 09, 2013


      I hate to leave a negative review, but as written, I feel a two-star review is generous. The recipe is EXTREMELY sweet, and believe me, I love a good, sticky, sweet barbecue sauce - this is really more of a chutney than a barbecue sauce. It didn't taste BAD (although it is quite onion-heavy), but it isn't reminiscent of barbecue sauce at all, so I found the title misleading. The yield is also off - you won't get more than 1 1/2 cups of sauce/chutney from the recipe as written. I loved that the apple flavor really came through, though, and will likely use this again, but with the variations I used today in order to turn it into a truer barbecue sauce: omit the brown sugar (the apple butter is plenty sweet), add 4 ounces tomato paste, 6 ounces water, additional salt to taste, and at least another 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar. You could probably also omit the ketchup to further reduce the sweetness, since the apple butter already carries many of the same spices.

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    Nutritional Facts for Apple Butter Barbecue Sauce

    Serving Size: 1 (720 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 370.5
    Calories from Fat 4
    Total Fat 0.4 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 841.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 92.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.7 g
    Sugars 80.2 g
    Protein 1.9 g

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