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Homemade Peach Barbecue Sauce

Homemade barbecue sauce made with fresh peaches is always a hit in our home. This one uses ripe peaches with a hint of cinnamon and just a touch of heat from smoked paprika. It's seriously good barbecue sauce!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large or 2 small shallots diced
  • 1 or 2 cloves garlic pressed or chopped finely
  • Salt and Pepper to taste I'm not a huge black pepper fan so I leave it out
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon cinnamon I'm a huge fan of the roasted saigon cinnamon
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup fresh peaches pulse them in the food processor (I like to leave mine a bit chunky)
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • Juice from 1/2 fresh lemon


  • Pulse your peaches in a food processor until chunky or smooth, depending how you like your sauce. Set aside.
  • In a large saucepan melt the butter over medium heat. As it starts to glisten add the shallots and cook those until the start to go golden brown. This will take 5 to 10 minutes depending on your heat and the size of the pan you use. Once they are almost golden add the garlic. Allow to cook for about 1 to 2 more minutes.
  • Now you can add the spices, ketchup, brown sugar, and peaches. Cook until it comes to a boil.
  • Add the worcestershire sauce and the lemon juice, stir and bring back to a boil. Let it boil for about a minute or two, stir, then reduce to a simmer. Let it simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes. Give it a stir here and there.
  • Swipe it over everything you can get your hands on!
  • You can store the surplus in glass jars in the fridge for a couple of weeks.
  • Great on chicken, fish and pork.


Recipe adapted from Betty Crockers Cookbook, the Barbecue Sauce recipe. This one is old as dirt. Been using it for years and it's a great base sauce to adapt from. You can adjust anything from a good base to suit your own needs.