Recipe of the Week: Maple Barbecue Sauce

Carolyn here, coming at you for another installment of Recipe of the Week! I’m excited to share my test of Maple Valley Cooperative’s Maple Barbecue Sauce. Spoiler alert: it’s delicious!

Maple Barbecue Sauce

This is a quick one to prep. In my tests, I tried it two ways: once cooking it for 20 minutes as the original Maple Valley recipe suggests and once simply mixing all the ingredients together. I found the taste difference to be minimal and enjoyed both ways!

BBQ Sauce Ingredients

I opted for the dark syrup for a deeper maple flavor and substituted ½ teaspoon of smoked paprika instead of the liquid smoke flavoring. In our house, we like our bbq with a kick, so I went for ½ tsp of cayenne. It was a great combo of sweet and heat!

A big thing I struggle with when picking a barbecue sauce is finding one that isn’t overpoweringly sugary. Maple syrup gives the sauce such a smooth sweetness, I was smitten at first taste. And this is from a girl who typically goes for the mustard-vinegar combo found in Carolina style barbecue sauces!

Light your fire of choice (mine was a maple wood fire, for another layer of maple awesomeness) and throw the sauce together. We glazed boneless pork ribs in this tastiness, but I really want to try it on shrimp next time.

light your fire

Grill it up, flipping and re-glazing often. I saved about a cup of the sauce aside so I could dip fries in it. Yum-o!

Once the meat is thoroughly cooked, glaze one last time and eat up!

Ready to eat

Have you tried our Maple Barbecue Sauce? Let us know in the comments below!


Maple Barbecue Sauce

Sweet and tangy zest for the best grilled food ever!

  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground mustard
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 3/4 cup Maple Valley organic maple syrup
  • dash black pepper
  • dash cayenne or chili pepper ((or more according to taste))
  • 1/4 cup Lapsang Souchong tea for liquid smoke flavor ((optional))
  1. Mix all ingredients in a sauce pan and simmer briskly on the stove for 20-30 minutes.

Use on meat, tempeh, or any of your barbecue dishes!