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Maple BBQ Sauce

Maple BBQ Sauce is the perfect blend of flavors, it’s slightly sweet with just the right amount of spice for a great grilling sauce. Enjoy it with pork, beef or chicken.

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This homemade maple barbecue sauce is sure to rival your favorite store bought brand and it’s really quick and easy to make at home. It makes a large batch so you’ll have plenty to have on hand for grilling and dipping.

Maple bbq sauce in 2 jars of with texture overlay

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Ingredients for Maple BBQ Sauce:

ingredients for maple bbq sauce

  • Ketchup
  • Pure Maple Syrup
  • Apple Cider
  • Real Cane Syrup
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Granulated Garlic
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Onion Flakes
  • Black Pepper
  • Kosher Salt
  • Ground Red Pepper

Cane syrup is just simply boiled sugar cane juice. Molasses is what is left after the sugar granules are removed to make granulated sugar. It is not as sweet as is sounds. Not quite as sweet as molasses but has much of the same flavor. I have found it in the jelly isle at the grocery store and on Amazon. If you don’t have cane syrup, molasses is a great substitute.

How to Make Maple BBQ Sauce:

pan of maple bbq sauce

  • In a large saucepan combine ketchup, maple syrup, cane syrup, apple cider, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, paprika, onion flakes, pepper, salt and red pepper.
  • Whisk to combine and cook over medium- high heat. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring often. Cook about 5 minutes and remove from heat to cool slightly.

brushing bbq sauce over ribs on a grill

  • Brush sauce over baby back ribs, chicken or pork chops.
  • Also great for dipping your favorite appetizers or French fries.

2 jars of bbq sauce on a tray

How to Store BBQ Sauce:

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 months.

platter of grilled ribs with maple bbq sauce

Try brushing Maple BBQ Sauce over grilled burgers, chicken tenders, ribs, pork chops or over smoked chicken. You can’t go wrong with this delectable sauce!

overhead view of 2 jars of bbq sauce on a platter

Back before the days of food blogging, we owned our own barbecue sauce company and it’s still fun to develop new flavor combinations for grilling.

Our classic Homemade BBQ Sauce is always a hit and if you are looking for a sticky sweet sauce, give our peach bbq sauce or orange bbq sauce a try.

Dr Pepper Jalapeño BBQ Sauce is the best if you like it spicy and we can’t get enough of this Blackberry BBQ Sauce for ribs or pork chops!

Jars of Maple BBQ Sauce on a tray

Making homemade barbecue sauce is so simple and can really take your grilling recipes to the next level of deliciousness. This Maple BBQ Sauce recipe is one of our favorites for everything on the grill, from burgers to ribs to chicken and pork, it’s the best!

If you love this Maple BBQ Sauce Recipe as much as I do, please leave a comment and a five star review, and be sure to help me share on Pinterest!

Maple BBQ Sauce in 2 jars on a tray
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Maple BBQ Sauce

Maple BBQ Sauce is the perfect blend of flavors.  Slightly sweet with just the right amount of spice for a great grilling sauce. Enjoy it with pork, beef or chicken.  
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Sauces
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade barbecue sauce, maple barbecue sauce, maple grilling sauce
Servings: 4 cups
Calories: 55kcal
Author: Milisa


  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • ¼ cup cane syrup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon onion flakes
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon ground red pepper


  • In a saucepan, add ketchup, maple syrup, apple cider, cane syrup, garlic, smoked paprika, black pepper, salt, dry mustard and red pepper.
  • Whisk mixture together until well combined.
  • Cook over medium heat until mixture comes to a low boil, stirring often.
  • Continue to cook for 5 minutes, remove from heat and set aside until slightly cooled.
  • Store in airtight containers in the refrigerator up to 3 months.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 55kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Sodium: 282mg | Sugar: 12g

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    1. Hi Julie,
      We have not tested it like that but it’s a pretty small batch so it shouldn’t be a problem to use it up before long.

    2. From what I see of the list of ingredients, you should be okay doing a ‘hot water’ canning, BUT I am not an authority! I have, however, posed the question to those that are and as soon as I hear back from them, I will update my response.

  1. Great tasting sauce, I did not have apple cider on hand, so I used apple cider vinegar instead, It added a bit of a kick to the sauce. In addition I used more red pepper. Tangy with a some heat. Everyone, except the wife liked it.