Fruity Barbecue Sauce

Author: Canadian Living

Why pick up store-bought barbecue sauces when you can just as easily make your own at home? Here is one that you can brush onto food while grilling or use as a dip for grilled meats and vegetables. Use 1 cup (250 mL) sauce for 4 servings (1 lb/500 g boneless or 2 lb/1 kg bone-in) meat.

  • Portion size 500 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: June 2003


  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup (75 ml) brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp (2 ml) salt and pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped pitted dates
  • 1/3 cup chopped raisin
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons fancy molasses
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange rind
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves


In saucepan, combine tomato sauce, tomato paste, onion, garlic, vinegar, brown sugar, salt, pepper, dates, raisins, mustard, molasses, Worcestershire sauce, orange rind and cloves.

Bring sauce to boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened and reduced by one-third, about 1 hour. Let cool. Pour into blender; pur?until smooth. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 1 month.)

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Fruity Barbecue Sauce