Fireball Apple Butter Barbecue Sauce Recipe


Enjoy the flavors of this tangy, sweet Fireball Apple Butter Barbecue Sauce where the apple butter is the shining star with a hint of cinnamon from the Fireball whiskey. Excellent basting sauce for pork or chicken barbecue dishes.

Last summer my youngest daughter made a Fireball Whiskey Barbecue Sauce that was a huge hit. This year for Mother’s Day she is planning a barbecue and wanted to come up with a new sauce for the ribs. She has been noticing recipes for Amish apple butter barbecue sauce that caught her attention since she loves the taste of apple butter. She decided to take her original Fireball recipe and incorporate apple butter. Per Brenda, “I wanted this sauce to be heavier on the flavor of apple butter with a hint of sweet cinnamon from the Fireball whiskey. I also decided to reduce down the tomato and vinegar flavors to make the sweetness of the apple butter more prominent. I tested this recipe out on my husband and grilled up some baby back ribs. He really enjoyed the sauce and gave it big thumbs up. This recipe made it to the big show for the Mother’s Day barbecue menu!”


Jar of Fireball Apple Butter Barbecue Sauce


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Fireball Apple Butter Barbecue Sauce Recipe:

Fireball Apple Butter Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 3 cups


1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 
1/2 onion, diced
3 to 4 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 cup Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey*
1 1/2 cups apple butter**
1/2 cup Ketchup
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground mustard***
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper flakes 
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

* Can substitute another brand of cinnamon whiskey.

** Use homemade or store bought apple butter.

*** Use ground mustard powder or prepared yellow mustard



In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, add olive oil and tilt sauce pan until bottom is coated with oil.  Add onion and garlic and sauté for a couple minutes until onions are translucent.

Pour in the Fireball Whiskey and stir together to combine.  Bring just to a boil and reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for about 10 minutes (the onions should become soft).

While the onions, garlic, and whiskey are simmering, in a medium bowl, combine the apple butter, ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, mustard, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper.  Stir to combine.

When the onions have finished cooking in the whiskey, add the sauce mixture and stir together.  Turn the heat back up to medium high and bring back to a boil.  Once the barbecue sauce is boiling again, turn the heat back down to medium-low and let simmer for approximately 20 to 30 minutes.

Taste the sauce and salt and pepper to taste.  If you would like the sauce a little sweeter, then add 1 tablespoon at a time of brown sugar.

Baste on grilled pork or chicken.

YIelds: 3 cups


Fireball Apple Butter Barbecue Sauce on baby back ribs


Fireball Apple Butter Barbecue Sauce

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Comments and Reviews

12 Responses to “Fireball Apple Butter Barbecue Sauce Recipe”

  1. Teresa Jackson

    I would love to try this

  2. Kayla

    Can this be canned or saved for later?

    • Whats Cooking America

      You can refridgerate the left over sauce for up to 7 days. Otherwise to keep longer, I would not recommend to can this recipe since it’s unclear if the acidity level is high enough for safe canning. I would recommend instead to freeze the sauce in freezer safe containers for up to 3 monnths.

  3. Ruth

    Haven’t tried it yet, but suuuuure does sound good. Looking forward to making it.

  4. Lynnette

    I made this recipe AND canned it. Wow, this is some good stuff! I highly recommend trying this! I made it with homemade apple butter.

  5. Sue

    This is delicious and we have b=n using ours for over a month with no problem. Just keep it refridgerated.

  6. LA

    This is a dumb question, but is this recipe ok to serve to kids?

  7. Blake

    Spur of the moment want for a bbq sauce with apple butter in it and it’s in the midst of finishing up now but wow I will defiantly make it again!

  8. Rachel

    I made this with peach butter. Mmmmm. Love this recipe.

  9. Kellee

    I love this recipe. It’s very good in Dutch oven baked beans. This recipe is the best. Thanks


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