Forget that bottled store-bought BBQ sauce full of high fructose corn syrup and goodness knows what else, and indulge instead in this fruity naturally sweetened fresh peach bbq sauce. It offers a sweetness from fresh peaches, a bright tang of apple cider vinegar and a smokiness from smoked paprika. Use it on wings, with some shredded chicken or slather it on your next batch of grilled or slow-cooked ribs.
Naturally Sweetened Fresh Peach BBQ Sauce
This Naturally Sweetened Fresh Peach BBQ Sauce is a delicious alternative to store-bought options.
A homemade sauce that is the perfect match for all of your favorite summer foods....and then some.
Homemade peach BBQ sauce has the perfect level of sweetness from the use of fresh peaches and is balanced perfectly with the bright and tangy flavor of apple cider to make the perfect BBQ sauce.
What Ingredients Are Needed For This Fresh Peach BBQ Sauce?
Don't worry, we are only going to use simple pantry staples to make this Fresh Peach BBQ Sauce!
You will need:
- extra virgin olive oil,
- brown onion,
- garlic: fresh garlic is best, however in a pinch, you can sub this out and use some dried ground garlic or pre-prepared garlic paste. Just keep in mind the pre-prepared jars of garlic usually tend to have some vinegar added to help with preserving, so you may need to adjust the amount of apple cider vinegar you add.
- ginger: freshly grated ginger is best. Use a small spoon to peel off the skin of the ginger before grating. If you do not have access to fresh ginger, you can always sub in some dried ground ginger or pre-prepared jarred ginger.
- fresh yellow peaches: fresh ripe peaches work best here. In a pinch, you can always use canned peaches, although be sure to rinse off the sugar syrup or your bbq sauce will end up too sweet. Alternatively, thawed frozen peaches can be used.
- apple cider vinegar: this can be found in the same section where other vinegar can be found. If you do not have it, you can use regular vinegar, however, you may need to add a touch of sugar or natural sweetener to balance the flavors.
- tomato paste: check the ingredient list.
- lemon juice: fresh lemon juice is preferred. Alternatively, you can use pre-prepared lemon juice.
- dijon mustard,
- smoked paprika: make sure it is smoked, the smoky flavor really lends itself well to the fresh peaches.
Tips for Making the Perfect Fresh Peach BBQ Sauce: Storage and Freezing
- It’s important that you store your sauce in an airtight container in the fridge. This will allow it to keep for much longer. It should keep up to two weeks in the fridge if stored properly.
- If you would like to keep your peach BBQ Sauce for longer than two weeks, you can easily freeze it. I suggest placing the excess, or what you plan to freeze, in mason jars and simply remove it from the freezer the night before you plan on using it.
I always make a double batch and freeze some in mason jars for use throughout the year. Just pull it out the day before you plan to use it, and hey presto, you have some delicious peach bbq sauce to liven up any meal.
What Makes Homemade BBQ Sauce Better Than Store Bought?
The best part about this sauce is that you control the ingredients.
The ingredients we have used in this version make it a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and Iron.
Plus you can pass on all the high-fructose corn syrup and preservatives used in the store-bought versions.
Due to all the fresh, clean ingredients, this BBQ sauce is:
- refined sugar-free,
- and vegetarian.
How To Serve Peach BBQ Sauce
Due to the bright flavors of the peaches and lemons used in this homemade bbq sauce, it really lends itself well to bright summery flavors.
Use your imagination and use this peach barbecue sauce anywhere you would normally use a store-bought barbecue sauce.
Try out these ideas:
- on wings;
- stirred through some shredded chicken;
- slathered on some grilled tofu;
- basted on some ribs before grilling (try these pork loin back ribs);
- as a bright and zesty addition to an egg and bacon roll;
- it can even be watered down and used as a dressing in a southwestern-style salad.
- on these bbq chicken thighs in air fryer from caramel and spice
Homemade Peach BBQ Sauce is super easy to make and is even family-friendly.
The kids will love it, guaranteed.
It’s full of fresh ingredients which makes it a much better option than the store-bought versions most of us are used to.
Naturally Sweetened Fresh Peach BBQ Sauce
- 2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup diced brown onion
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger minced
- 2 peaches pits removed and sliced
- ⅔ cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 6 oz can of tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic and peaches and cook for another 2 minutes.
- Reduce the heat to low and add the apple cider vinegar, tomato paste, lemon juice, paprika, mustard, salt and pepper. Give everything a good stir until it is relatively smooth. Simmer for around 5 minutes, until the mixture has thickened.
- Remove from heat. Using an immersion blender or a high powered blender, blend until smooth.
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Aggy biswanger says
How many canned peaches needed?
Hi Aggy, about 3/4 of a can of peaches should work just fine. Sorry I missed your comment, I was travelling over the Holidays.
What is a"brown" onion? Grocery stores carry white, yellow or red onions.
Hi Wendy, a brown onion is an onion with dry brown skin on the outside. They may be referred to as a yellow onion in the US?
Have you tried to freeze this? Would love to make a bulk batch!!
I have Bethany, it froze just fine. Just remember to leave some space in the jar for expansion.
John wizinsky says
I made a big batch of this & was wondering if this can be canned?
Someone mentioned possible botulism.
Any help would be great
Hi John, although I dabble in canning, I don't feel qualified to give any advice as to whether this can be canned or not. Sorry!
FAY DOZIER says
I've canned other barbecue sauces I've made and had no problems. Check out this site for directions.
Matthew Firn says
First time making barbecue sauce myself, and this recipe is both super easy and I love the lack of extra sugars or premade items like ketchup. I made two batches, one substituting a Peach White Balsamic Vinegar for the apple cider vinegar--both delicious, with the second batch being obviously a bit more peachy. Next time will try adding either thyme, basil or rosemary to the base recipe. Thanks!
Ooh yum I am LOVING the sound of that peach white balsamic vinegar!! I have just found a pomegranate balsamic vinegar that I am quite fond of and have been enjoying experimenting with that. So glad you enjoyed the sauce, definitely nice without all the extra unneccesary ingredients!
This is just what I was looking for 😀 Sounds absolutely perfect. I love that is all natural and without added sugars. I also love the addition of ginger. Sooo good. Can't wait to try this next weekend.
I love fresh peaches, always look for new recipes with them, Your Peach bbq sauce sounds delicious excellent for grilling. I am going to make some for before the summer ends.
My boys are HUGE BBQ fans. I'll have to give this one a try next time we are planning BBQ in our meal plan.
Noel Lizotte says
What a great way to use all those peaches! I'd use this as a dipping sauce in addition to bbq'ing the meat in it! Hello pork! Hello chicken!
Nothing beats homemade. This sauce sounds so good..I wish I had peach trees in my garden. In Ireland we have our apple trees. These make good apple pie. I am defo buying some peaches to try this yummy sauce
Looks amazing! I really enjoy making my own sauce and this recipe is extra nice because it's naturally sweetened with fruit. I'd love to give this a try using strawberries.
Karyl Henry says
Wow, what a wonderful way to use sweet summer peaches! I always use regular BBQ sauce...delicious, but kind of boring. This will be a fabulous twist
Veena Azmanov says
That looks so pretty. Love the bright beautiful color. Nothing beats homemade especially when it's condiments like these sauces, dips and such. The flavors sound wonderful and perfect combination of sweet and tart. We would enjoy this for sure.
Claudia Lamascolo says
I love sweet barcbecue its the best on Salmon/ I must go out and salmon now to try this recipe I am sure it will be perfect!
Marisa Franca says
What a delicious looking sauce. Frankly, I don't like store sauces -- they taste phony to me. Now this barbecue sauce would be perfect with any of the meats we like to grill. We're having chicken this coming week and this sauce would be ideal.
This is the perfect sauce for chicken, shrimps and even pork. Homemade BBQ sauces are always so good. The flavour is so intense....and it easier to do than most people think. This would make a great BBQ party gift!!