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September 5, 2017

Pumpkin Barbecue Sauce

Pumpkin Barbecue Sauce is our new favorite condiment! This naturally sweetened barbecue sauce swaps pure pumpkin puree for the ketchup and other sweetened tomato products, and maple syrup instead of a mountain of brown sugar. Apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and a pinch of cayenne give a little kick to this sauce. Slather Pumpkin Barbecue Sauce on slow cooked meats or vegetables this season, and enjoy this fall twist on a classic!

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Former pumpkin hater here, bringing a SAVORY pumpkin recipe to the fall flavor mixer since today is officially Pumpkin Spice Day.

And since we all need a little pumpkin in our lives since fall is nigh. Unless, of course, you live in the South. Then you might not feel fall weather for a few months.

Whatever the case, I’m super excited to share this recipe with y’all because it’s aaaaaaaaaaahmazing.

Oh, and I didn’t add any sugar to this barbecue sauce! It’s sweetened by pure maple syrup, another one of my favorite fall ingredients!

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Now, I used to be a pumpkin hater when it turns out, I just didn’t like the nutmeg that is often added whenever pumpkin recipes are touted.

You’ll notice that every pumpkin recipe I’ve shared? Does NOT use nutmeg.

If you’re a nutmeg fan, feel free to use a pinch or two. But if you’re not? Rest assured these recipes taste like the fall and are not contaminated with that nutmeg grossness. 😉

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When the idea of this Pumpkin Barbecue Sauce came to me back in July, my first thought was, “This is either going to be amazing or terrible.”

Turns out, it made my home smell like the fall in the dog days of summer (WIN!) aaaaaaaand it tastes amazing.

Amazing enough that I’m keeping a batch of this goodness in my fridge all autumn long.

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Who’s ready for some of this Pumpkin Barbecue Sauce goodness in their lives?

Here’s how you can make it!

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Pumpkin Barbecue Sauce

Pumpkin Barbecue Sauce is our new favorite condiment! This naturally sweetened barbecue sauce swaps pure pumpkin puree for the ketchup and other sweetened tomato products, and maple syrup instead of a mountain of brown sugar. Apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and a pinch of cayenne give a little kick to this sauce. Slather Pumpkin Barbecue Sauce on slow cooked meats or vegetables this season, and enjoy this fall twist on a classic!

Course Sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Author Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate

Ingredients

  • 15 oz. canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup 100% tomato juice
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. In a Dutch oven, measure out the pumpkin, vinegar, maple syrup, Worcestershire sauce, tomato juice, tomato paste and the soy sauce. Whisk together until combined.

  2. Season with the pepper, cinnamon, ginger, garlic powder, allspice and cayenne, then heat over low heat.

  3. Bring the pan to a simmer, and let cook for 30 minutes. (The barbecue sauce will thicken very quickly, so keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn.)

  4. Once cooked and very thick, transfer the barbecue sauce into a mason jar, and marinate overnight.

  5. Serve at room-temperature with your favorite slow-cooked meats and sides.

Recipe Notes

This barbecue sauce can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator for up to a week. You can also make the sauce, then add meat to it and cook low and slow for several hours.

How do you feel about pumpkin (and its pairing with nutmeg)?

Would you like to try this savory-sweet barbecue sauce?

1 Comment

  1. dixya @food, pleasure, and health

    i love pumpkin in sweet and savory form…so this is making me really happy!

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