Strawberry Mango BBQ Sauce

The weather is getting warmer on the East Coast and I can’t stop thinking about grilling! I also remembered I had some left over pulled pork in the freezer, but no BBQ sauce. I wanted to try my hand at making my own sauce so I could put my own twist on it. I know some people are not fans of sweet BBQ sauce, but I am. So if your like me, definitely give this sauce a try!

Strawberry Mango BBQ Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 white onion
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • ½ bourbon
  • 2 cups tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes
  • 2 mangos diced
  • ½ -1 habanero stemmed and seeded
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • ½ cup cider vinegar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • juice of one lime or lemon
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/3 cup strawberry jam
  • ½ teaspoon each cumin, onion powder, and chili powder

Heat butter and oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Grate onion using a metal grater or food processor. Add grated onion and garlic to pan. Cook 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Add bourbon and simmer for 5 minutes. While that is simmering, add tomatoes, mango, and habanero pepper to a blender or food processor and pulse until smooth. If you like a lot of heat add the whole habanero, if not just add half. You can also use jalapeno peppers. After the five minutes, add the tomato mixture to the pan along with the remaining ingredients.  Feel free to adjust the spices and add the flavors you like. Simmer the sauce for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to blend.

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