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Pumpkin Spice BBQ Sauce

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What do pumpkin spice lattes and BBQ sauce have in common? Well, I am not actually sure, but nothing quite hits the spot like sipping on a grande size double shot pumpkin spice barbecue sauce latte. It’s PSL season so why not combine the fall favorite pumpkin spice latte with a slightly sweet yet savory BBQ sauce.

This pumpkin spice BBQ sauce has pureed pumpkin and gets its tang from a healthy dose of apple cider vinegar. There is a bit of heat from a blend of spices but also plenty of brown sugar to amplify the pumpkin spice mixture. Grab your favorite coffee mug and fill up on this pumpkin spice BBQ sauce recipe below!

pumpkin spice bbq sauce dripping from utensil and pulled pork sandwich in background

How to make BBQ sauce:

There are many variations to BBQ sauces and wars have been waged and Facebook acquaintances have been lost over the unyielding preferences and beliefs in what constitutes a great BBQ sauce. But I am not here to persuade you one way or the other, so take your creativity and cravings to the kitchen and follow these easy steps to create your own BBQ sauce.

  1. Pick your base (ketchup, mustard, vinegar, etc.)
  2. Add your flavorings to taste (sugar, molasses, maple syrup, get creative!)
  3. Add your spices to taste (cayenne pepper, chili powder, garlic, etc.)
  4. Optional: simmer over medium heat to combine ingredients and achieve the desired thickness
many spices laid next to each other in wooden bowl laying on plaid towel

Styles and Types of BBQ sauce:

  • Alabama BBQ sauce – mayonnaise base and creamy white
  • East North Carolina BBQ sauce – apple cider vinegar, red pepper flakes, and salt
  • West North Carolina BBQ sauce – add ketchup and brown sugar to East North Carolina BBQ sauce
  • South Caroline BBQ sauce – mustard base and tangy
  • Texas-style mop sauce – beef stock, vinegar, Worcestershire, and spices
  • Kansas City style BBQ sauce – ketchup, molasses, liquid smoke, vinegar, sugar, etc.

What goes well with BBQ sauce?

I put that sauce on everything! To be honest, I probably eat too much sauce and I always have my fridge stocked with a BBQ sauce for almost any occasion or food.

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pumpkin spice bbq sauce dripping from utensil and pulled pork sandwich in background

Pumpkin Spice BBQ Sauce

Yield: 32 ounces
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

This pumpkin spice BBQ sauce has pureed pumpkin and gets its tang from a healthy dose of apple cider vinegar. There is a bit of heat from a blend of spices but also plenty of brown sugar to amplify the pumpkin spice mixture. Grab your favorite coffee mug and fill up on this pumpkin spice BBQ sauce recipe below!

Ingredients

  • 1 15oz can of pureed pumpkin
  • 1 cup of ketchup
  • 1 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 cup sugar (brown sugar for richer flavor)
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp ground clove
  • 1 tbsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper powder
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients into medium sauce pan over
    medium-high heat
  2. Bring the mixture to a light boil and then simmer on medium
    heat
  3. The sauce will be quite thick from the pumpkin puree so be
    sure to stir intermittently to prevent burning on the bottom of the pan
  4. Allow the mixture to simmer for 20-30 minutes or until it
    has reached a desirable thickness
  5. Remove from heat and transfer to a mason jar, let the flavors develop overnight in the fridge before serving
Nutrition Information
Yield 32 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 75Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 297mgCarbohydrates 19gFiber 1gSugar 16gProtein 0g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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Savor the Best-Pat

Saturday 16th of November 2019

Woohoo! That looks so good, Joshua! Love the pix! I could gobble up that pulled pork sandwich! Thanks for sharing this bbq sauce recipe. ?

Joshua Boquist

Tuesday 19th of November 2019

Thank you, this BBQ sauce was almost good enough to drink...!