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Jalapeno Apricot Sauce

A sweet and spicy sauce perfect for using as a barbecue glaze or served with cream cheese and crackers.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 55kcal
Author: Kathy


  • 1 cup apricots chopped
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 jalapeno finely diced
  • ½ 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.


Shortcut method:
I like to make this sauce from scratch, using fresh apricots. However, sometimes fresh might not be available or you want a sauce quicker than making from scratch. This shortcut method works really well.
  • Use one cup of prepared apricot jam
  • Heat jam over medium heat along with the vinegar and jalapenos
  • Simmer over low heat for 5 minutes
  • Remove from heat and use as desired
  • No need to remove skin from apricots - just remove pit and chop into small pieces
  • Remove seeds from jalapenos and chop jalapenos into a small dice. Use caution when handling jalapenos. The spicy oils will transfer to your hands - avoid touching your eyes or other sensitive areas.
  • Stir sauce often to avoid scorching
  • Sauce will continue to thicken as it cools


Serving: 1Tablespoon | Calories: 55kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 28mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 196IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg