Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce Recipe
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Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce Recipe

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This tangy rhubarb sauce tastes outstanding served over turkey, chicken or pork. Fresh garlic and a bunch of seasonings give it a nice kick! —Carol Anderson Coaldale, Alberta
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 1 cup chopped fresh or frozen rhubarb
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoon: 80 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 251mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (14g sugars, trace fiber), trace protein


  1. In a small saucepan, bring rhubarb and water to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5-6 minutes or until tender. Remove from the heat; cool slightly.
  2. Place rhubarb in a blender or food processor; cover and process until smooth. Set aside.
  3. In the same saucepan, saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic; saute 1 minute longer. Add the remaining ingredients.
  4. Whisk in rhubarb puree until blended. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Use as a basting sauce for grilled meats. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 2-1/3 cups.
Originally published as Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce in Taste of Home February/March 2007, p41

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Reviewed Aug. 9, 2015

"So wiith my mother in law visitig for a week i searched for a different BBQ sauce to make. Once i told them what i was making neither my wife or mother in law wanted anything to do with it.

Once done i continued on with my plan. Started grilling some chicken breasts and basting them with the sauce, Well i got them to eventually try it and it was a complete success. They loved it! Thank you for sharing the recipe."

Reviewed Jul. 27, 2013

"I will absolutely make this again, and again! What a unique ingredient for barbeque sauce! My dad grows rhubarb every summer. And, picking tangy rhubarb is a fond memory of mine! It doesn't disappoint in a barbeque sauce! Love it! I did however, omit the hot sauce. I would have loved the spicy kick, but my kids would not! I also placed the finished product into the food processor to grind the onions. Again, adapting it for the kids! Wonderful Recipe!"

Reviewed Jun. 12, 2013

"Made this awesome bbq sauce and the family all want the recipe! It's a hit."

Reviewed May. 19, 2012

"This was just to sweet for my taste. Also very high in calories and carbs."

Reviewed Sep. 19, 2011

"Great recipe! The rhubarb gives the sauce an added kick. I poached chicken breasts, then shredded them, covered with sauce and served as a lower fat version of barbecue sandwiches."

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