Friday, September 23, 2011

Rhubarb BBQ Sauce

Being from Kansas City, I always have one of Kansas City's many famous barbeque sauces in my fridge. Until this summer, I'd never made barbeque sauce from scratch. How about a non traditional barbeque sauce for my first try? This rhubarb barbeque sauce is delicious. It's a little on the sweet side, so it's not made for burgers or hot dogs but is perfect with pulled pork or chicken.

Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce
Recipe courtesy of Taste of Home

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 (I used molasses)
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1-1/2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt


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.
Place rhubarb in a blender or food processor; cover and process until smooth. Set aside.
In the same saucepan, saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic; saute 1 minute longer. Add the remaining ingredients.
Whisk in rhubarb puree until blended. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 2-1/3 cups.

I am linking this to Foodie Friday and Full Plate Thursday!


  1. It sounds great! I have to chuckle at myself, last year I declared that all of my BBQ sauce would be homemade... then Walmart put the biggest bottle of Sweet Baby Ray's on sale for $2. Guess there's always next summer:@)

  2. This must be the perfect BBQ sauce for pulled pork; rhubard myt add a special zing to he taste.

  3. This sounds great. Nice use of rhubarb, I think I'd love it in a BBQ sauce.

  4. I have some leftover rhubarb in the freezer, and I've been wondering what to do with it. This sounds great!

  5. That does sound like it would be wonderful with pork! I can't wait for my new rhubarb plants to mature in the next 2-3 years.

  6. Sounds like this BBQ sauce would have a delicious tang! If you're from Kansas City, you're definitely the expert.

  7. Wow what an original idea. I'm going to have to try this. It sounds delicious!! Now we just need the right recipe to put it on ;-)

  8. Wow that is really neat, I can say though I've never had Rhubarb, So I can't even imagine the flavor of it.

  9. What a great BBQ Sauce with a Rhubarb flavor. We will sure have to give this sauce a try. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you are having a great week!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  10. This is SO bookmarked for when the next rhubarb season comes around! What a unique idea!


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