Apple Pie BBQ Sauce




I started with the Sweet-and-Smoky Barbecue Sauce and added my extras to the sauce, like apple juice. I call it the Apple Pie BBQ Sauce because it reminds me of the spices and flavors in an apple pie. The sauce combines well with my Apple pie rub.


  • 1 cup apple cider or juice
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp rum
  • 2 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1 tbsp applewood liquid smoke
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 4 cups ketchup
  • Kosher salt
  • black pepper

Optional Ingredients

  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper


  1. Combine all ingredients except the ketchup in a non-reactive pan.
  2. Bring to a simmer on medium heat. Cook uncovered for about 5 minutes until everything dissolves. Stir constantly.
  3. Add ketchup slowly to avoid splattering
  4. Add salt and black pepper to taste
  5. Bring to a boil stirring frequently
  6. Reduce heat to low and cook uncovered for about 30 minutes until the sauce thickens and darkens. Stir frequently.
  7. Use the sauce right away or transfer it to cans and refrigerate. The sauce should keep for several months.


It should make about 6 cups. It should look something like the image below when done:

Apple pie sauce in pot


Barbecue! Bible Sauces Rubs and Marinades by Steven Raichlen pg 134.