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Jalapeno Apricot Sauce

August 2, 2019 (Last Updated: June 29, 2020)

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Jalapeno Apricot Sauce –  A sweet and spicy apricot sauce that’s perfect for glazing barbecued chicken or serving over cream cheese with crackers. This simple sauce is made with fresh apricots, jalapenos, sugar and white wine vinegar. 

A glass crock filled with jalapeno apricot sauce.

Jalapeno Apricot Sauce – is it a jam or is it a sauce? The answer is yes to both! This starts out as a jam but then white wine vinegar and fresh jalapenos are added and it becomes a sauce. The vinegar adds a bit of a tang, that makes it perfect for adding to barbecued meats or serving as an appetizer on top of cream cheese.

Fresh apricots, jalapeno, sugar and vinegar on a white board.

What thickens the sauce?

Apricots contain natural pectin. The sauce is heated to 220 degrees which is the temperature needed for jam to set. You could stop right there and not add the final two ingredients and have a delicious apricot jam. Or you could check out this apricot jam recipe. 

How do I make this apricot sauce?

  1. Cut apricots in half and remove pit. Cut apricots into small chunks.
  2. Add apricots and sugar to a sauce pot. Chopped apricots and sugar in a sauce pot.
  3. Heat over medium heat stirring often. 
  4. Continue cooking until temperature reaches 220 degrees. Fresh fruit cooking on the stove.
  5. Add chopped jalapenos and vinegar. Jalapenos added to apricot jam.
  6. Cook over low heat for an additional 5 minutes.
  7. Remove from heat and place in a heat proof dish.

An orange brush with a jalapeno sauce dripping off the brush.

How do I use this sauce?

What equipment do I need?

Most of what you need, you will already have in your kitchen. You’ll need a cutting board and a knife, a sauce pan and a thermometer. 

Apricot jam with bits of jalapenos.

Other great fresh fruit dishes include Apricot Sweet Rolls, Peach Cobbler and Peach Ice Cream. 

Don’t forget to PIN for later! An apricot sauce dripping of an orange basting brush into a glass container.

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A glass crock filled with jalapeno apricot sauce.

Jalapeno Apricot Sauce

A sweet and spicy sauce perfect for using as a barbecue glaze or served with cream cheese and crackers.
4.91 from 11 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cup
Calories 55 kcal


  • 1 cup apricots (chopped)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 jalapeno (finely diced)
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar


  • Add chopped apricots and sugar to a sauce pan.
  • Heat over medium heat until temperature of sauce reaches 220 or reaches the gel stage for jam.
  • Add jalapenos and vinegar and cook for 5 more minutes, stirring often.
  • Remove from heat and add to a heat proof container. Store in refrigerator until use or use right away.


  • 4-6 apricots equals 1 cup chopped apricots
  • Nutritional value is calculated at 1 Tablespoon serving size. 


Calories: 55kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 28mgFiber: 1gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 196IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 1mgIron: 1mg
Keyword apricot jam, pepper jelly, spicy barbecue sauce
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

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  • Reply
    August 5, 2020 at 10:40 am

    Can apple cider vintages be used instead

    • Reply
      August 5, 2020 at 3:02 pm

      Yes, you could use apple cider vinegar.

  • Reply
    July 21, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    If you’d like more if a jam consistency can you omit the vinegar?

    • Reply
      July 21, 2020 at 1:53 pm

      Hi Lesa,
      Yes, you can omit the vinegar and turn it into a jam instead of sauce.

  • Reply
    Dana Wilson
    July 13, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    Could canned apricots be used instead of fresh. I would assume that less sugar would be needed.

    • Reply
      July 13, 2020 at 5:55 pm

      Hi Dana,
      I have only used fresh apricots in this recipes. If you try it, you would need to use less sugar, depending on how sweet your apricots are and if you use any of the juice from the canning liquid. Let me know how it turns out if you give it at try!

      • Reply
        July 30, 2020 at 2:05 pm

        Are these apricots peeled?

        • Reply
          July 30, 2020 at 3:41 pm

          Hi Drew,
          The apricots are not peeled.
          Enjoy! 🙂

  • Reply
    June 10, 2020 at 5:37 am

    Hi Kathy,just wanted to apologize for the name mixup 😊

    • Reply
      June 10, 2020 at 7:04 am

      No worries 🙂

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    June 9, 2020 at 3:16 pm

    Hi Kathy, do you think this would work with dried apricots ?? i am guessing it would change the texture, but could you blitz it maybe?

    • Reply
      June 9, 2020 at 3:20 pm

      Hi Helen,
      I have only used fresh apricots in this recipes. I do not think dried ones would work.

  • Reply
    June 9, 2020 at 6:09 am

    Hi Michelle , sounds delicious! Do you peel the apricots or leave skins on?

    • Reply
      June 9, 2020 at 7:09 am

      The apricot skins are left on. Just cut each apricot in half and remove the pit and then give the apricots a rough chop. No need to remove the skin!
      Enjoy – Kathy 🙂

  • Reply
    June 8, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    4 stars
    Could this be stored in the freezer like freezer jam?

    • Reply
      June 8, 2020 at 8:43 pm

      Yes, you could freeze this sauce like freezer jam!
      Enjoy 🙂

  • Reply
    June 7, 2020 at 6:34 pm

    Could this be canned? Any additional ingredients needed for canning? Process for 10-15 min?

    • Reply
      June 7, 2020 at 8:02 pm

      Hi Melissa,
      Yes, this can be canned without changing the ingredients. You would process in a hot water bath, but the processing time would depend on what size jar you used and your elevation. These specifics can be found at any canning site (Ball, Kerr or a university extension office.)

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        Pat DeVita-Vessa
        July 23, 2020 at 4:16 pm

        I just want to know is it necessary to can like apple sauce?

        • Reply
          July 23, 2020 at 4:22 pm

          Hi Pat,
          It depends on what you are planning on doing with the sauce. You only need to can the sauce and process with a hot water bath if you are planning on storing the sauce at room temperature for a long period of time (several months) If you are using right away or storing in the fridge, you do not need to can it.

  • Reply
    June 7, 2020 at 10:25 am

    How long will this keep in the refrigerator?

    • Reply
      June 7, 2020 at 12:14 pm

      Hi Michelle,
      You can store for up to three weeks in the refrigerator.
      Enjoy! 🙂

  • Reply
    Trina Sarao
    May 29, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    It does not indicate if the apricots are dried or fresh. What is recommend?

    • Reply
      May 29, 2020 at 8:32 pm

      This recipe is made with fresh apricots.

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