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Salsa BBQ Sauce

Sometimes the best recipes come out of necessity. So is the case with this Salsa BBQ sauce.

It was an experiment that went wonderfully right, and the results are utterly delicious!

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Store-bought salsa was the stand-in ingredient when I realized I didn’t have enough ketchup to make a homemade BBQ sauce.

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making Homemade Salsa BBQ Sauce is available at the end of this post. OR click on the “jump to recipe” button (found above) to be taken directly to the recipe.


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The ingredient list:

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How long does it take to make homemade bbq sauce?

From start to finish this sauce will take approximately 30 minutes.

With occasional stirring, as the sauce slowly simmers on medium-low heat it will reduce and thicken.

How long will salsa bbq sauce keep in the refrigerator?

Store your sauce in an airtight container with a tight-fitting lid (mason jars are excellent for storing homemade bbq sauce), and it will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.

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Can other kinds of vinegar be used in place of the apple cider vinegar?

Yes! Use whatever type of vinegar is your favorite.

Apple cider vinegar is my go-to vinegar, and I always have it in my pantry.

That said, a balsamic vinegar would add an extra touch of sweetness to this sauce, and red wine or white vinegar would add some extra tang.

Can this sauce be frozen?


Cool the sauce completely before adding it to a freezer-safe container.

Salsa BBQ sauce can be frozen for up to 3 months and is best thawed in the refrigerator for 24-48 hours.

How much homemade bbq sauce will the recipe make?

As written, this recipe will make approximately 3 cups of salsa bbq sauce.

If needed, this sauce can recipe can easily be doubled or tripled.

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Homemade salsa bbq sauce will go great on the following:

  • ribs
  • beef burgers
  • turkey burgers
  • chicken
  • pork chops
  • pork roast
  • sausage
  • lamb
  • salmon
  • shrimp
  • just about anything you can think of

For delicious sides to serve at your next BBQ or party check, out this AMAZING BBQ SIDE DISHES RECIPE ROUNDUP. There are more bbq side dish recipes and ideas in this post than you can shake a stick at.

The easy instructions for making salsa BBQ sauce (pictured below);

  • Add the salsa to a saucepan.
  • Pour the pineapple juice into the empty salsa jar to get out all the final bits. Shake well.
  • Pour the pineapple juice, apple cider vinegar, and molasses into the saucepan.
  • Set the heat to medium-low.
  • Stir in the Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, ground coriander, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes.
  • Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Use immediately, or cool and store in the refrigerator in an air-tight container with a tight-fitting lid.

Here’s a tip for getting every last bit of salsa out of the jar…

Add the pineapple juice directly to the empty salsa jar. Replace the lid back onto the salsa jar and shake, shake, shake.

Pour the contents of the jar into the salsa bbq saucepan viola, every last drop of salsa is cleanly out of the jar!

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Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s easy and delicious homemade bbq sauce.

Yield: 3 cups

Salsa BBQ Sauce

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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 2 cups jarred salsa
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup pineapple juice
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes


  1. Add all the ingredients into a saucepan and heat, uncovered, over medium-low for approximately 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mixture reduces and thickens.
  2. Use immediately or add the sauce to a container with a tight-fitting lid and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

Nutrition Information


3 cups

Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 231Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 1657mgCarbohydrates 56gFiber 4gSugar 48gProtein 3g

The nutritional information and calorie count provided is intended as a guideline only and has been provided by third-party software.

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