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Watermelon BBQ Sauce

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This watermelon BBQ sauce recipe is the perfect way to kick off summer with the sweet, tangy delicious flavor from the watermelon and that spicy kick from the spices. Easy to make and makes all your favorite BBQ dishes taste even better! 

Watermelon Barbecue sauce in a bowl

Watermelon BBQ Sauce

As soon as summer hits, I start searching the store for Watermelon. It is literally one of my favorite things in the world and you can pretty much find it in our house all summer long.

We are constantly creating some of the most delicious meals with it like our watermelon and mint salad and our grilled watermelon salad. Recently I have begun making my own homemade barbecue sauce and it is incredible let me tell you! It was only natural to want to test out a homemade watermelon BBQ Sauce Recipe!

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You will absolutely love all the flavors that are in this sauce that is the perfect pairing for everything you plan to grill up this summer! 

You will love how easy it is to create this one-of-a-kind homemade bbq sauce recipe and it’s ready to use in minutes and much better than store-bought sauces. 

Why this recipe works:

This recipe works because the watermelon and brown sugar are fresh and sweet and balance the balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, and mustard so well. 

Watermelon BBQ sauce on meat

What do I need to get started?

  • Watermelon – Seedless! Just blend about 2 ½ cups of watermelon.  No need to strain.
  • Balsamic vinegar – you can use all apple cider vinegar if you want.  Won’t be quite the same, but still good.
  • Apple cider vinegar – using a couple of different vinegars gives this an especially great flavor
  • Brown sugar – you can use honey if you want
  • Soy sauce
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Dijon mustard – or regular
  • Saucepan
Ingredients for watermelon barbecue sauce

How to make Watermelon BBQ sauce

  1. Pour all ingredients in a medium saucepan and place over medium heat.
  2. Cook until reduced to about half or thickened, stirring occasionally.  This will take about 20 to 30 minutes.
  3. Pour into a small bowl
  4. Brush over meat before and after grilling.

Tips Tricks and FAQs

  • To spice this up a bit you can add a little bit of red pepper flakes to the sauce. 
  • You can easily double or even triple the amount of sauce you make at once. 
  • Be patient when cooking down the sauce. It will take awhile, but just keep it on medium heat and let it work its magic. 
BBQ Sauce Recipe on meat

Storage

If you have leftover sauce you can store it in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. 

Watermelon BBQ Sauce

How can I Use Watermelon BBQ sauce?

Watermelon BBQ sauce pairs with anything so nicely. Marinate your chicken in it, or use it on your favorite beef recipes or even baste your ribs in it. It is the perfect pairing for all your chicken, beef, and pork ribs. 

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Easy Watermelon BBQ Sauce
Watermelon Barbecue sauce in a bowl

Watermelon BBQ Sauce

Yield: 1 cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Watermelon BBQ sauce is the perfect way to kick off summer with the sweet, tangy delicious flavor from the watermelon and that spicy kick from the spices. Easy to make and makes all your favorite BBQ dishes taste even better!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups watermelon juice + pulp (approx 2 ½ cup cubed watermelon)
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Instructions

  1. Pour all ingredients in a sauce pan and place over medium heat.
  2. Cook until reduced to about half or thickened, stirring occasionally.  This will take about 20 to 30 minutes.
  3. Brush over meat before and after grilling.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 929Total Fat: 55gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 46gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2058mgCarbohydrates: 108gFiber: 2gSugar: 97gProtein: 5g

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