Rum BBQ Sauce Recipe

Fancy adding a little spice to your steak? This is one of my favourite sauce recipes and it’s so easy to make.

I try to make this sauce at least once a year, making a couple of litres at a time. The key is to let it cook for at least 12 hours. Makes 3 cups.


  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of dark rum (I use Bundaberg Rum)
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon hot chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground cumin seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

Peel and crush the garlic, set aside for 5 minutes. Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat; add the diced onion and garlic and sauté. Add the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, cider vinegar and all dry ingredients. Stir and simmer for at least one hour, the longer the better!

Sterilise jars and lids. Add hot sauce to hot jars and cap immediately. Allow to cool and store in the refrigerator.

7 thoughts on “Rum BBQ Sauce Recipe”

  1. My hubby is a big Bundy fan so this would go perfectly with bbq’s at our place! Would have to change the peanut oil to some other oil (my daughter has an allergy!) but I can see myself making a good supply of this very soon. Thanks so much for the recipe!

  2. Great informative post, Ben! Where did you learn about this? I can’t wait to try it with my mother once I get home for the weekend! Just a question though, what do you mean with “let it cook for 12 hours?” The direction says let it simmer for 1 hour.

  3. “The key is to let it cook for at least 12 hours ” – Wow! That’s pretty long! This should really be an excellent BBQ sauce given the long process of cooking. I will try this over the weekend to spice up my steak! 🙂

  4. Looks like an awesome recipe!!! Looking forward to making it before summer and hand it out to my family. However, this may seem like a dumb question, but when do I add the rum? It did not indicate it in your recipe.

    Also, love your website. I’ve been wanting to try to grow passionfruit and your information will come in super handy.

    Thanks for posting !!! 🙂

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