Rhubarb Barbeque Sauce Recipe – Kid Friendly Things To Do

rhubarb barbecue sauce

Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce – A tangy homemade sauce for grilling


  • 1 cup of chopped rhubarb
  • 2/3 cup of water
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of chopped Vidalia onion – or similar sweet onion
  • 1 cup of ketchup
  • 2/3 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of dark corn syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard
  • Optional – 1&1/2 tsp. of hot pepper sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. of garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. of smoked paprika seasoning –


  • In a large saucepan, boil the water. Add the chopped rhubarb, and boil until the rhubarb becomes tender – a few minutes
  • Take the rhubarb and water over to your food processor, and blend it until smooth
  • Now, in the same saucepan, add the oil and saute the onion until it is tender. Again – a few minutes
  • Add the ketchup, brown sugar, syrup, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce ( who can pronounce that word?), mustard, Optional hot sauce, salt, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and your pureed rhubarb and water sauce!
  • Bring this sauce to a boil, stirring constantly, and then reduce your heat. Allow to simmer on low for about 5 minutes – uncovered
  • Allow to cool slightly, and transfer this to the food processor, and blend until the onion is all pureed
  • You’re done. Transfer the sauce to some mason jars for storing and pouring, and enjoy


Finding Smoked Paprika: I bought mine at Penzeys Spices. It’s not that easy to find in the local store. I did see Amazon sells it. Smoked Paprika is good to have on hand for these fun summer sauces