Barbeque Sauce is On the Must-Have List for Summer Menus. Try Out these Fruit-Based Sauces!


June 8, 2014

Barbeque Sauce is On the Must-Have List for Summer Menus. Try Out these Fruit-Based Sauces!

Barbeque sauce and grilling glaze are used readily in summer by almost everyone! A variety of meats and vegetables are charred to perfection at outdoor cookouts, during a simple evening meal, or at a potluck with friends and family. From whatever neck of the woods you are from there is also a wide array of common and territorial sauces in which to douse your meat.

For instance some are mustard based, some ketchup, some thick and some thin. However, have you considered using fruit based sauces? Those sound like the perfect type of sauce fit for hot summer nights. Just remember that sauces with sugars can burn quickly too and it’s important to add to the end of your grilling, after you’ve removed from the grill, or use as a dipping choice.

If you’d like to try some for your next barbeque, here are a few below we like from Barbeque and Grilling section, but remember you can spice up any sauce by using some fruit juice or fruit preserves.

Spicy Apricot Barbeque

This is an excellent barbecue sauce for pork and chicken.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 22 minutes

Yield: Makes about 6 cups


  • 2 pounds apricots, pitted and halved
  • 3 large tomatoes, halved
  • 3 cups brown sugar
  • 2 cups cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 onion, chopped finely
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon


Place all ingredients in a large stockpot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. When sauce has reduced, strain through a sieve. Use immediately or store in an airtight container for up to 4 weeks.

This sweet glaze has a little heat and is perfect for brushing on chicken, pork, or fish. Add it towards the end of grilling and it will cook right into the meat.

Mango Grilling Glaze

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: Makes about 1 3/4 cups


  • 1 cup mango nectar
  • 1/4 cup apricot preserves
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


Combine mango, apricot, lime juice, honey, jalapeno pepper, ginger, cumin, and cinnamon in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes or until thick, stirring frequently.

HideAway Country Inn, located in mid Ohio near Bucyrus and Marion, offers fine dining options and, for a more casual dinner, come in to Leaning Oak Bistro and Wine Bar. We offer some great grilled choices in the summer and probably have a secret sauce or two.

For Father’s Day, we’ll be hosting a prime rib dinner. You can also hang out by our firepit, play corn hole, chess, or giant Jenga, and have craft beer, a bottle of wine, or any other cocktail of your choice. We’d be glad for you to view the evening sunset with us on our outdoor patio, just give us a call at (800) 570-8233.

Maybe in one of the next postings, the Chef will share one of his spicy secret sauce recipes, but until then, try one of these out and enjoy……

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