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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.
4.92 from 12 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
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  • Reply
    September 8, 2020 at 11:13 am

    Can this recipe be doubled and canned?

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      September 8, 2020 at 7:26 pm

      Yes it can be double and it can be canned.

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    September 1, 2020 at 11:23 am

    5 stars
    I just made it it’s wonderful!

    • Reply
      September 1, 2020 at 5:49 pm

      Thank you!

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    Anne Tranberg
    August 27, 2020 at 7:27 am

    This will be my 6th time making this recipe,everyone loves it and each time it only seems to get better.My only fear is living in Denmark, i may not be able to find fresh apricots all year round.My husband will try it on every type of meat or bread.Its soooo good😊

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      August 27, 2020 at 5:20 pm

      Wow!!! What a wonderful compliment! You might have to make a few batches and freeze or can the sauce so it lasts you through the rest of the year!

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    August 25, 2020 at 11:50 am

    Sorry my email went through wrong

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      August 25, 2020 at 7:03 pm

      I have not made this using dried apricots so I’m afraid I don’t know how it would turn out.

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    August 25, 2020 at 11:49 am

    I can’t get fresh apricots, can I rehydrate dried ones? I didn’t read the comments and it didn’t specify fresh in the recipe

    • Reply
      August 25, 2020 at 7:02 pm

      Hi Dee,
      I have not made this using dried apricots so I’m afraid I don’t know how it would turn out.

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