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Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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cindyames User ID: 8604696 268124
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2017

"Love it, i could eat it by spoonfuls, I blended my onioninto the rhubarb, and the hot sauce, didnt make it hot, which my hubby doesnt like hot things, he liked it also. Will put up rhubarb to make this winter."

Danny102671 User ID: 8478039 230963
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."

havingfunwithmyfamily User ID: 7043692 92654
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!"

SueHee User ID: 4170467 159529
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2013

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

Kris Countryman User ID: 1858674 142236
Reviewed May. 19, 2012

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

rmorse154 User ID: 4573500 84754
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."

kgisi User ID: 3761912 164574
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2011

"The sauces is a bit different if you just use it for a dipping sauce but once you put it on ribs/chicken/pork and smoke or bbq it. To die for!!!!!"

cwegner52 User ID: 5577209 64409
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2011

"I just started cooking with rhubarb and found this sauce easy and delicious. I'm marinating chicken breasts with the sauce for dinner tonight! Giving a jar to my rhubarb "supplier" for a thank you!"

txlgns User ID: 3942808 92652
Reviewed May. 26, 2011

"This was an great with chicken as a sauce, I added some habano cayenne pepper to this and used with as a hot wing sauce. It had an equal balance of hot and sweet to it. I can't wait to try it with kaboobs."

misscleocat User ID: 257578 142504
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2010

"This sauce is amazing. I just "eyeballed" the ingredients so maybe added more ingredients then called for but loved it. I also added liquid smoke (about 1 tablespoon) and that, I think, was the extra that this sauce needed. I haven't tried canning this but I think you could do it because there is plenty of acid in it. I was thinking of canning it myself :)"

grensrud User ID: 4501110 64408
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2010

"This was fantastic! I basted chicken drummies over the grill and they were to die for! Recipe makes plenty too so I gave some away to my parents and they loved it!! Definitely a keeper! And so easy!"

NancyleeB62 User ID: 5117219 64407
Reviewed May. 9, 2010

"Excellent! Has anyone tried to water-bath can this recipe? Really Great!"

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