This recipe for plum barbecue sauce is a great way to use your fall bounty (or for anytime of year!). Spread this plum bbq sauce on ribs, grilled chicken, even veggies for the perfect grilling condiment.
My parents just moved to a new piece of property that has an orchard on it! We’re talking apples, walnuts, pears, cherries, and yes, plums. They’ve found themselves with more fruit than they can handle, but I’m happy to help them out.
While I love snack on all this fruit as is, I wanted to use more of it in one go, so I made this plum barbecue sauce! It’s now my go to sauce for anything I grill.
Smoky, spicy, and a little sweet, this sauce goes with everything from ribs to grilled chicken. If you’ve got a smoker, you’re going to love pairing it with smoked meats!
Ingredients for Plum Barbecue Sauce
This bbq sauce is made similarly to a traditional bbq sauce, just with a little less sweetener thanks to the addition of plums! All you need are…
- tomato sauce
- tomato paste
- apple cider vinegar
- maple syrup
- dijon mustard
- onion powder
- garlic powder
- chipotles in adobo
… and it’s really as simple as blending them up!
How to use Plum BBQ Sauce
I use this sauce just as I would any other barbecue sauce, but here are some of my favorite applications when it comes to meat:
- Smoked boneless skinless chicken thighs
- Ribs (try my Instant Pot Ribs!)
- Sous Vide Brisket
- … or Bacon Wrapped Oven Brisket
Some non-traditional ways I like to use this sauce:
- Smoky black bean sweet potato lunch bowls
- Breakfast sandwiches
- As part of a dressing for a slaw
- Also, put some of it on mac and cheese, you won’t regret it
Plum BBQ Sauce Recipe
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Plum BBQ Sauce
- 15 oz tomato sauce
- 6 oz tomato paste
- 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp molasses
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard
- 2 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup pitted and sliced plums
- 3-6 chipotles in adobo, depending on spiciness preference
- 1 tbsp adobo sauce from can of chipotles in adobo
- Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until completely smooth.
- Taste and adjust. Add more salt if necessary, more chipotles to make it spicier, maple syrup to make it sweeter, or more apple cider vinegar if you prefer a more vinegary punch.
- Spread on your favorite grilled meats and use as a condiment as desired.