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Sweet and Tangy Pomegranate BBQ Sauce

Sweet and tangy pomegranate BBQ sauce is the answer to all your BBQ prayers. Made in 30 minutes or less, add flavor to nearly any protein or salad. Kick nachos or BBQ chicken pizza up a notch with this unique sauce. And experiment with different flavor combinations until the last drop of sauce is gone. Try it with these Fall Off the Bone BBQ Baby Back Ribs!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 3 cups


  • Saucepan


  • 2 cups pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp ground mustard
  • sprinkle of cayenne optional, based on taste
  • juice from half a lime


  • Pour the pomegranate juice into a saucepan. Place it on the stove over medium heat. Reduce the juice until it thickens, about 10-15 minutes. There should be about ½ a cup of juice left in the pan.
  • Combine the rest of the sauce ingredients, besides the cayenne and lime, and add them to the reduced pomegranate juice. Cook until it thickens again, around 10 more minutes. Stir constantly so the sauce doesn’t burn. If it is bubbling and splattering, you can lower the heat to medium low.
  • Remove the sauce from the heat and add a sprinkle of cayenne (optional, based on spice preference) and the juice of half a lime.
  • Brush the sauce on your favorite protein, like these Fall Off the Bone BBQ BabyBack Ribs, and place sauce-side down on a BBQ grill to caramelize. Use any extra sauce for dipping or for additional recipes throughout the week.


  1. Make sure the pomegranate juice is 100% juice. That means the ingredients on the bottle should only list “pomegranate juice” and not sugar, corn syrup, or anything else. I found mine in the refrigerated area of the produce aisle in my grocery store. 
  2. You can use all smoked paprika instead of regular paprika if you’d like an extra smokey BBQ sauce.
  3. The cayenne is optional based on your spice preference. If you like a little heat, add a dash of cayenne when the sauce is done reducing.
  4. Keep this sauce in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to 7 days. Get creative and see how many different meals you can make with this 1 sauce.
Keyword Barbecue Sauce, Healthy Recipe, Homemade Sauce