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Apricot BBQ Sauce

Apricot BBQ Sauce is a sweet and tangy sauce that makes a great addition to anything on the grill. It comes together in about 15 minutes and is easy to keep on hand for all of  your grilling and dipping favorites.

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Sweet and tangy barbecue sauces are always a favorite at our house and we are always trying new flavor combinations. This apricot sauce has been on the menu twice already this week and I’m ready to make another batch.

Apricot BBQ Sauce in a jar on a blue and white check napkin

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Ingredients for Apricot BBQ Sauce:

ingredients for apricot bbq sauce

  • Apricot Preserves
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Real Cane Syrup or molasses
  • Whiskey, optional
  • Onion Flakes
  • Granulated Garlic
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Ground Red Pepper

How to Make Apricot BBQ Sauce:

pan of apricot bbq sauce

  1. In a saucepan, combine apricot preserves, apple cider vinegar, pure cane syrup, whiskey, onion flakes, granulated garlic, kosher salt, black and red pepper. 
  2. Whisk together and cook over medium heat, bringing mixture to a boil. 
  3. Lower to simmer and cook 5 minutes, stirring often.
  4. Set aside to cool.

jar of apricot bbq sauce on a checked napkin - overhead view

How To Store BBQ Sauce:

Store Apricot BBQ Sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use. Will keep up to 3 months. Stir before using.

brushing sauce on grilled ribs

We had baby back ribs on hand, so we made Apricot BBQ Ribs and they were absolutely amazing. Tender, juicy and so flavorful with the homemade sauce. 

Apricot BBQ Sauce is great for grilling ribs, pork chops, chicken and more. It’s also a favorite dipping sauce. It’s so good that you’ll be eating it on everything.

More BBQ Sauce Recipes to Try:

Peach BBQ Sauce is one of our favorites for ribs, pork chops and chicken tenders. It’s full of peach flavor and a garlic kick that’s hard to top.

Orange BBQ Sauce has been described as needing an FDA warning because it’s so addictive! It is seriously delicious on grilled pork chops, chicken, ribs or burgers.

Pineapple BBQ Sauce reminds me of a sweet chili sauce. It’s sweet and a little spicy with tons of delicious flavors that go well with pork chops, shrimp or chicken.

Jar of apricot bbq sauce with spoon resting on top

Grab a jar or two of apricot preserves the next time you go grocery shopping and give this easy apricot bbq sauce a try. It’ is sure to become a staple for all of your backyard cookouts.




Apricot BBQ Sauce in a weck jar
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4.17 from 6 votes

Apricot BBQ Sauce

Apricot BBQ Sauce is a sweet and tangy sauce that makes a great addition to anything on the grill.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Sauces
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apricot glaze, apricot grilling sauce, apricot sauce for pork
Servings: 2 1/2 cups
Calories: 65kcal
Author: Milisa


  • 18 ounces apricot preserves
  • ¼ cup real cane syrup or molasses
  • ¼ cup whiskey optional
  • cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons onion flakes
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground red pepper


  • Place a saucepan over medium heat and add apricot preserves, cane syrup, whiskey, apple cider vinegar, onion flakes, garlic, salt, black pepper and red pepper.
  • Whisk and bring the mixture to a boil. Lower to simmer and cook for about 5 minutes, continuing to stir.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Cool before placing in an airtight container and refrigerating.


  • Refrigerate up to 3 months.
  • Stir before using.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 65kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Sodium: 115mg | Sugar: 13g



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    1. I am canning it right now. Adding Trader Joes Peri Peri sauce for some heat, no garlic or onion powder. I think it dulls the brightness! In the past I don’t bother water bathing it, just make everything sterile.

    1. Hi Johan,
      Use the “jump to recipe” button at the top of the page and it will take you to the bottom for the printable recipe card.

      ~ Milisa