Apple-Mustard Grilling Sauce

Submitted by: admin on April 2, 2020

Makes About 1 Cup


2⁄3 cup apple cider or apple juice
1⁄3 cup apple butter
3 tablespoons whole grain mustard
1 teaspoon dry mustard
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1⁄8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1⁄3 cup water
1⁄3 cup sugar


  1. Whisk cider, apple butter, whole grain and dry mustards, vinegar, salt, and cayenne in medium bowl.
  2. Place water in 2-quart saucepan; pour sugar in center of pan, taking care not to let sugar crystals adhere to sides of pan. Cover and bring mixture to boil over high heat; once boiling, uncover and continue to boil until syrup is thick and straw-colored, 3 to 4 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and continue to cook until syrup is golden amber, 1 to 2 minutes longer. Quickly remove saucepan from heat and whisk in cider mixture. Return to medium heat and cook, whisking constantly, until caramel has dissolved and sauce has thickened, about 2 minutes. Transfer 1⁄2 cup sauce to medium bowl to use for grilling. Set aside remaining sauce for serving.

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