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Sweet barbeque sauce

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The wife and I went out to eat last Sat. nite-the American Legion in Fergus Falls. The place has great barbequed  ribs. They have a rather sweet sauce on them and we were trying to figure out what they use to sweeten it up. Wife said brown sugar, but I said its not that. My guess was some kind of jam. The consistency of the sauce seemed kind of jam like. Anybody have any thoughts on sweetening up a barbeque sauce but not making it sickeningly sweet.

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Yup. Corn syrup is used a lot...or flavored jam. I use dark blackstrap molasses in mine, with a touch of honey. 

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I haven't tried em on my ribs yet, but on football Sundays we mix sweet baby rays Chipotle BBQ sauce with grape jelly for meatballs in the crokpot,  probably a 2 part sauce to 1 jelly. Not sure if this helps but it is a good combo.

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I have added strawberry jam to BBQ sauce to give it a different taste. Goes good with any Pork

 

​Me too, I add 1/4 cup of my wife's homemade chunky strawberry jam  and a 1/4 cup of honey to 1 cup of sweet baby rays and a tsp of heat. 

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Strawberry jam sounds interesting, I'll have to do a little experimenting with that. Thanks.

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Strawberry jam sounds interesting, I'll have to do a little experimenting with that. Thanks.

​Try adding Apricot; I make a pork glaze out of this. Really goes well with pig. :P

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How about chicken thighs, I'm definitely gonna mix up a batch of sauce and jam and give it a shot. 

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How about chicken thighs, I'm definitely gonna mix up a batch of sauce and jam and give it a shot. 

​Mix up some good OJ, ( use the pulpy type)  apricot jam, and a bit of soy sauce....el yum. :)

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Orange marmalade is also good. Sprinkle in some red pepper flakes like the ones you put on pizza gives it a nice little zip.

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I guess I wasn't too far off when I was thinking of sweet stuff to use and the two things that came to mind were apricot jam and orange marmalade.

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I guess I wasn't too far off when I was thinking of sweet stuff to use and the two things that came to mind were apricot jam and orange marmalade.

​You can never  be "off" when coming up with BBQ sauce ideas!!  I've also added real maple syrup, now THAT'S good! Gives it a maple tang.

That's what's going on the apple-wood smoked ribs today.....:P

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A Buddy of mine used to sell pulled pork sandwiches at softball games.  He used Black Currant jam in his sauce.  Great stuff.  He always ran out.

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Sorry I'm kinda late to the party, but for anyone who likes a sweeter BBQ sauce, do a search for Big Butz BBQ. Their cranberry sauce is SO good you won't believe it.

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For years I used honey if I needed to add some sweetness, now I prefer agave nectar.

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I have made a strawberry jalapeno BBQ sauce that is good.  Just look on the net. You can add as much sweet as you want.

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I would stay away from corn syrup.    The jam's and jelly's mentioned are great.  I tend to use brown sugar in my homemade stuff along with the jam or jelly's.  Honey is also great.   good luck.

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