Apple Cider Barbecue Sauce

Sweet and spicy apple cider barbecue sauce. A perfect addition to chicken, pork, pizza and so much more!

Sweet and spicy apple cider barbecue sauce recipe from @bakedbyrachel

We’re still in the midst of our NCIS catchup game. It’s kind of crazy how much we still have to watch. And, only getting to watch 2-3 a night means we’ll be at this for a while. It’s been fun starting from the beginning. When we were previously watching it, we started at some point a season or more in. Then, randomly caught older episodes during weekend marathons. But now, we’re able to really get to know the characters, their quirks and how they knew each other before. I love how they’re always trying to tie past episodes into the current ones with flashbacks or little comments here and there.

Totally unrelated, but I added a new Pandora station to my lineup not too long ago. You might laugh, but… it’s the Milli Vanilli station and it’s seriously super fun. It happened because I wanted to hear Blame It On The Rain. And yes, it was definitely raining when this all came to mind. It has so many flashback songs from the late 80’s and early 90’s. A must add.

Sweet and spicy apple cider barbecue sauce recipe from @bakedbyrachel

I’m still partly in shock that it’s September. A full week in and past Labor Day even. I’m not complaining though. It is my favorite time of the year! I probably dream about it all year long… not literally of course… or at least not that I remember. I wouldn’t be entirely surprised if it turned out I had been dreaming about apples, colorful leaves etc.

Living in the northeast, we’re lucky enough to be able to get apple cider year round. But, I know for others it’s just coming into season.

This apple cider barbecue sauce is the perfect way to welcome Fall, while still enjoying the last few weeks of Summer. It’s the perfect blend of sweet and spicy. An amazing addition to all of your favorite cuts of meat, pizza and so much more. It can be used on just about anything!

Big bonus, since this barbecue sauce is from scratch, you can completely adjust the level of heat to your liking! If you like it super spicy, kick it up a notch. Or, go the other way and downplay the spices for a sweeter sauce. Either way you make it, you’ll be in heaven with this homemade apple cider barbecue sauce!

PS… you’ll need this recipe for something later in the week. Just a little something to look forward to!

Sweet and spicy apple cider barbecue sauce recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Apple Cider Barbecue Sauce

Sweet and spicy apple cider barbecue sauce. A perfect addition to chicken, pork, pizza and so much more!
Cook Time5 minutes
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Barbecue


  • 1/2 C apple cider
  • 1 Tb all purpose flour
  • 1 Tb apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 C ketchup
  • 1/2 C light brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp red pepper flakes optional


  • In a small saucepan, whisk together apple cider and flour. Whisk in remaining ingredients. Cook over medium heat, whisking frequently until mixture thickens. 
  • Remove from heat. Transfer to a clean jar or storage container. 
  • Use immediately or chill until ready to use. 


Recipe yields roughly 3/4 cup.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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18 Responses to “Apple Cider Barbecue Sauce”

  1. #
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — September 7, 2015 at 7:38 am

    I definitely need to get that station on my Pandora! I’m all about jamming to some fun tunes while I get my cooking on!
    And this sauce. I want to slather it on my FACE. BBQ Sauce is my jam and the apple-fall-goodness is perfect! Pinned!

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      Rachel — September 8, 2015 at 7:19 am

      You absolutely need that station in your life… and this bbq sauce ;)

  2. #
    Arman @ thebigmansworld — September 7, 2015 at 8:20 am

    This is the kind of sauce I’d eat with a spoon.

    Also, where did August go and how is it a week into September already!?

    • #
      Rachel — September 8, 2015 at 7:19 am

      It seriously flew by!

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — September 7, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Oh my gosh, we just started NCIS from the beginning last week. We’re about 10 episodes in (maybe more). LOVE IT. My oldest daughter wants to be a forensic photographer, so we’ve got her watching it too :) And this sauce…love another use for apple cider :)

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      Rachel — September 8, 2015 at 7:21 am

      At least we both know there is no end in sight with the show, especially since a new season is starting up soon! So much watching to do. ;)

  4. #
    Kelly @ Mostly Homemade Mom — September 7, 2015 at 8:34 am

    I feel like apple cider and BBQ sauce is the perfect combination for fall!

    • #
      Rachel — September 8, 2015 at 7:21 am

      It truly is!

  5. #
    Jessica @ Sweetest Menu — September 7, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    Oh I have to show my husband this – we love our barbecue sauce and are always looking for new recipes to try.

    • #
      Rachel — September 8, 2015 at 7:21 am

      I hope you both love it! :)

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    Jill K. — March 7, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Nice, thank you. I put all the ingredients in a glass measuring cup. Microwaved for 1.25, stir, repeat. Sauce. I was going to use a packaged sauce, until
    , I noticed the date expired. Knew that I could fnd something n Pinterest! Thanks, Pinterest.

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      Rachel — March 7, 2016 at 6:11 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed it, Jill. Thanks for sharing!

  7. #
    michele — October 13, 2016 at 5:54 am

    oh. my. goodness! Made this yesterday and then let my cooked chicken breasts simmer in it and shredded it. I could eat this sauce alone with a spoon.

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      Rachel — October 13, 2016 at 7:30 am

      I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it so much, Michele! Thanks for sharing :)

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    Liz — September 3, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Quite good! Wish I’d thickened it a tad less since it thickens on standing, but that’s on me. Looking forward to putting this on pork chops!

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      Rachel — September 4, 2017 at 7:42 am

      So glad you enjoyed it, Liz!

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    Monica M Monge — November 8, 2022 at 11:30 am

    Can this BBQ sauce be canned ?

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      Rachel — November 9, 2022 at 9:16 am

      I haven’t personally canned it but it should work well. It would also freeze well.

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