Orange Barbecue Sauce

Give your game meats a different kick with barbecue sauce heightened with zesty orange flavor. I really enjoy it on a pig roast. The orange zest can overpower the other flavors if too much is added – so test, and test some more to get your version of ‘just right.’

Orange Barbecue Sauce

Servings: 2 cups


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup onions diced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper sliced into thin rings
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • zest from 1 orange
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup orange segments with juice
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice concentrate
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves minced (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onions, garlic and jalapeno and cook for 3 – 4 minutes. Stir in brown sugar and cook for 3 minutes. Add lemon and orange zest, ketchup, Worcestershire, orange segments, orange juice concentrate and rosemary (if desired). Stir to blend. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 – 30 minutes, stirring often. Allow sauce to cool. Season with salt and pepper. If desired, process sauce with a food processor or blender until smooth.

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