Traeger is famous for making great-tasting barbeque sauces.
And their Apricot BBQ sauce is no exception. This fruity and tangy barbeque sauce is perfect for grilled chicken, pork, and seafood.
But why buy the bottled stuff when you can make a better-tasting sauce at home?
Using only the freshest ingredients, I’ve put together a Traeger Apricot BBQ sauce recipe with all the authentic flavor as the original but with none of the preservatives.
Plus, you’ll love the fruity aroma while it’s simmering on the stove.
So if you’re looking for a great-tasting barbeque sauce, read on for the best Traeger Apricot BBQ sauce recipe that tastes even better than the original.
- 1 What Do You Need to Make Traeger Apricot BBQ Sauce
- 2 How To Make Traeger Apricot BBQ Sauce
- 3 Other Things To Consider When Making Traeger Apricot BBQ Sauce
- 4 Traeger Apricot BBQ Sauce Recipe
What Do You Need to Make Traeger Apricot BBQ Sauce
Look for firm, ripe apricots.
You can substitute apricot jam or preserves if fresh apricots aren’t available.
Look for no-sugar-added options, or your sauce may be too sweet.
Intensifies the flavor. You can substitute garlic powder.
However, make sure you don’t use garlic salt, which will overpower your sauce.
Deepens the flavor of the sauce. You can substitute onion powder to save time.
The tangy tomato flavor pairs well with the sweetness of the apricots.
For a richer tomato taste, add another tablespoon.
Adds a touch of exotic spice and deepens the color.
Gives the sauce a rich and hearty flavor with just a hint of citrus.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Gives your barbeque sauce its distinctively tangy flavor.
Honey and Brown Sugar
Add the right amount of sweetness to the sauce.
Adds a touch of savory goodness.
Salt and Black Pepper
I recommend using coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Be sure to taste it so you don’t over-season the sauce.
- Cutting board
- Medium saucepan
- Spoon or spatula
- Stovetop or other heat source
How To Make Traeger Apricot BBQ Sauce
Step One: First, pit the apricots and puree them in a blender with a little water. You can make them as chunky or smooth as you like.
Step Two: Next, peel and finely chop the fresh garlic and onion.
Step Three: Then add the olive oil to a medium saucepan under low to medium heat and saute the garlic and onion until soft and fragrant, approximately five minutes.
Step Four: Add the tomato paste, paprika, and cumin to the mixture and saute until fragrant and slightly darkened, approximately another five minutes.
Step Five: Next, add the water, apple cider vinegar, honey, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and pureed apricots to the saucepan and mix well.
Note: if you want a smoother bbq sauce, transfer the mixture to a blender and blend until it reaches your desired consistency, then return the mixture to the saucepan.
Step Six: Allow the mixture to simmer for 10 minutes under medium heat, stirring occasionally. The sauce will appear thin to start but will thicken while simmering.
Step Seven: Give your sauce a taste, adjust any of the ingredients, and season with salt and pepper.
Step Eight: Allow the mixture to simmer for an additional 15 minutes or until it has reached your desired consistency.
Step Nine: Remove from heat and allow the sauce to cool.
Step Ten: Serve warm or cold, and enjoy.
Other Things To Consider When Making Traeger Apricot BBQ Sauce
What Can I Eat with Traeger Apricot BBQ Sauce
Traeger Apricot BBQ sauce’s savory sweet flavor goes great with all kinds of grilled pork and poultry.
But why limit yourself when you can use it for so much more?
- It makes a delicious sauce for grilled salmon.
- Marinate chicken breasts or thighs for a sweet and savory barbeque chicken.
- Drizzle over grilled veggies like cauliflower, squash, and eggplant.
- The perfect blend of savory sweetness for grilled shrimp kabobs.
- Use as a marinade or dipping sauce for game-day chicken wings.
- Makes a great barbeque sauce for juicy and tender pork ribs.
- Try pairing it with a bold red wine like a Sauvignon Cabernet or Tempranillo.
Make More Than You Need
Traeger Apricot BBQ sauce is the perfect sauce for your next backyard barbeque.
But you want to make sure that you have enough, so go ahead and double the recipe.
The nice thing about this sauce is that it stays fresh in the fridge for up to a month.
Or you can freeze it for up to four months.
I recommend freezing your extra bbq sauce in ice cube trays.
Whenever you’re in the mood for a delicious mid-week barbeque, pop out a couple of cubes, heat them in the microwave, and you’re ready to go.
- 1 cup apricots, pitted and pureed (approx 4 medium-sized apricots)
- 8 cloves of fresh garlic, peeled and finely chopped
- ½ a white or yellow onion, finely diced
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 4 tablespoons of tomato paste
- 2 teaspoons of paprika
- ½ teaspoon of ground cumin
- ½ cup of water
- ½ cup of apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- First, pit the apricots and puree them in a blender with a little water. You can make them as chunky or smooth as you like.
- Next, peel and finely chop the garlic and onion.
- Add one tablespoon of oil to a saucepan and heat under low to medium heat. Once hot, saute the garlic and onion until the onion is soft and the garlic is fragrant approximately 5 minutes. It's okay if they brown a little, but don't let them burn.
- Next, add the tomato paste, paprika, and cumin to the garlic-onion mixture and saute for five minutes until the mixture has darkened and is fragrant.
- Add the water, apple cider vinegar, honey, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and pureed apricots to the saucepan and mix well.
- Note: if you want a smoother bbq sauce, transfer the mixture to a blender and blend until it reaches your desired consistency. Return the mixture to the saucepan.
- Allow the mixture to simmer for 10 minutes under medium heat, stirring occasionally.
- Taste your barbeque sauce and adjust any of the ingredients to reach your desired flavor.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Allow the mixture to simmer for an additional 15 minutes or until the sauce has reached your desired consistency.
- Remove from heat and allow the sauce to cool.
- Serve warm or cold.
- Don't have fresh apricots? You can substitute apricot preserves for the fresh, but look for no added sugar brands to keep your sauce from being too sweet.
- Add a teaspoon of smoked paprika or a few drops of liquid smoke if you want a smokier flavor.
- Add a pinch (or two) of cayenne pepper for a spicier bbq sauce.
- Leave your sauce chunky, or blend it in a blender before simmering.
- Substitute balsamic vinegar for the apple cider for a delicious taste of Italy.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 48Total Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 140mgCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 1g
Hello. I’m Jeremy – an experienced saucier who has worked in some of the top kitchens over the last few decades. With a love for sauces, food, and nutrition, I decided to create WeWantTheSauce. Here I share my knowledge and expertise; from ingredients and recipes to storage all the way through to recommendations for every sauce imaginable.