Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 15 mins

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.

Ingredients Nutrition


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

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

Leightan W. October 24, 2009

i've made this a few times and we all thought it was delicious. will definitely hang on to this recipe! thank you!

jensmith1228 September 10, 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.

raydocks_9199069 August 18, 2014