Mango Habanero Barbecue Sauce Recipe


Nothing says summer like the fruity heat of this mixture, carefully composed to balance savory barbecue-sauce tang against sweet mango and habanero spice. Try it on ribs, a chicken sandwich, or, if you're into bold flavors, wings.

Note: Wear gloves when working with habanero chilis and carefully scrub down all cutting surfaces and knives before handling other food. Do not touch your eyes or noes while working with habañeros.

Recipe Details

Mango Habanero Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Cook 50 mins
Active 45 mins
Total 50 mins
Serves 24 servings
Makes 3 cups


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 small onion, minced (about 1/2 cup)

  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons)

  • 1 teaspoon  grated ginger

  • 1 1/2 cups roughly chopped peeled fresh mango, about 2 medium mangos

  • 1 cup mango juice

  • 1 cup tomato sauce

  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar

  • 1/3 cup honey

  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons molasses

  • 2 tablespoons fresh juice from about 2 limes

  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard

  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped habanero chiles, seeded (about 2 chilis, see note)

  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Heat oil in medium saucepan over medium heat until shimmering. Add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

  2. Stir in mangoes, mango juice, tomato sauce, brown sugar, honey, vinegar, molasses, lime juice, Worcestershire, mustard, habanero, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer until mangos have completely softened and sauce has slightly thickened, about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  3. Puree sauce with an immersion blender, or in the jar of a regular blender, until smooth. Let cool to room temperature, transfer to a jar and store in refrigerator for up to a month.

Special Equipment

Immersion blender or countertop blender

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
59 Calories
1g Fat
14g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 24
Amount per serving
Calories 59
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 170mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 13mg 66%
Calcium 16mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 125mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)