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Bruce's Hot Barbecue Sauce Recipe

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The heat is on when you brush on Bruce Fisher's tongue-tingling sauce! You'll also detect a hint of fruity sweetness, thanks to the apricots he adds. "It's known among my family and friends as 'Bruce's Hot Juice'," says this East Bloomfield, New Yorker. "I've been making this barbecue sauce for 20 years and get requests for the recipe every summer. I'm always happy to share it."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1 hour
MAKES:128 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1 hour
MAKES: 128 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) apricot halves, drained
  • 4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 4 cups cider vinegar
  • 1 can (29 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup prepared mustard
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 3 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Liquid Smoke, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 tablespoons) equals 53 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), trace cholesterol, 341 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein.

Directions

  1. In a blender, puree the apricots until smooth. Pour into a large Dutch oven; add the next 17 ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour or until flavors are blended, stirring occasionally.
  2. Stir in Liquid smoke if desired. Cool. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 4 quarts.
Originally published as Bruce's Hot Barbecue Sauce in Taste of Home June/July 2002, p13

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 tablespoons) equals 53 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), trace cholesterol, 341 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein.

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Reviewed Nov. 18, 2012

"This is the best BBQ sauce I've ever made. Backed up on the red pepper a little bit to, but made the rest to the letter. Thanks for the recipe!!!!"

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Reviewed May. 11, 2010

"I have been making this since it was in the annual Taste Of Home Cookbook Well worth the time keeps forever makes great gift around holidays and is fantastic on burgers also."

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Reviewed Apr. 14, 2010

"This is my families favorite on pork ribs on the grill. I can't believe no one has written a review on this great sauce! It is SPICY, so be sure how spicy your gang likes their sauce and if not sure go light, you can always add more pepper. I love this recipe especially since it makes enough to last me almost the whole summer."

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